When Thursday came it was time to see two all-female punk/rock n roll bands in action at the small Gustav stage. The bands were Heavy Tiger and Tiger Bell and the first act out was Heavy Tiger which was scheduled to kick off the show at 6 o clock. Tiger Bell was set to hit the stage at 8 and I’ve seen Tiger Bell before but not Heavy Tiger and since I really love both bands music I was eager to see both bands live on stage. The stage was placed inside a tent and alcohol was sold inside the tent. Not much people had arrived when I came and the most people that were there either drank beer or ate food. A few of them stood and watched when the band was doing their sound check. There were no photo pit but on the other hand was the crowd quite calm and descent. Heavy Tiger was founded during 2010 by the guitarist/singer Maja Linn. The band comes from the capitol of Sweden, Stockholm and has toured through Europe as well as Great Britain. The EP TALK OF THE TOWN came 2013 and the debut album SAIGON KISS was released in February 2014. Not much besides the usual gear was placed on the stage and when it was about 15 minutes until the start of the show came people closer to the stage.
The trio kicked off the show with “Riff Raff” which is a cover of the AC/DC song. It was instantly followed by their own song and the title track from the debut album “Saigon Kiss”. The lead singer Linn said it was the first time the band was in Malmoe and that it was fun to be here and “Chinatown” followed. Heavy Tiger is:
Maja Linn – lead vocals, guitar
Astrid Carsbring – drums
Sara Frendin – bass
It was Linn that moved around the most on stage while Frendin stood still on her place. “Mover” continued the show and the sound system worked great but as always worked the lights much poorer. Carsbring asked how the crowd was doing and she introduced the song “Superstar” which was a song she sang lead vocals in and the song is taken by the bands EP TALK OF THE TOWN. The bands music is very explosive and energetic and it goes much faster live compared to on album. The music is best described as dirty garage rock n roll and there are similarities with the music of The Runaways and Thin Lizzy.
All of the band members were really skilled and the band was tight as a unit. Lead singer Linn has the perfect voice for singing this kind of music and it both felt and looked like the band had a good time on stage. Before Linn fired introduced the next song on the set list she urged everyone to buy the merchandise the band had with them. “Little Sister” followed after which Linn looked at Carsbring and asked if it wasn’t time for some finnish rock n roll in “Talla”. The audience was calm and stood still watching the band applauding politely after every song. Linn thanked for the applauds saying that the next song was an old song taken from the EP and “7 Days Fool” followed. “Problem Child and “Livin Lovin” continued the show after which Linn said that band hadn’t too many songs left to play for us. “Highway”, “Girls Got Balls” and “Tonight” was the three songs that finished off the show and both Linn and Frendin jumped up on the kick drum at the end of the last song. Linn thanked the crowd for the support and the show was over.
40 minutes flew by and this was a really good show in every way. The band felt tight and completed each other great. The set list was great and the cover of “Riff Raff” was awesome. Heavy Tiger has all the possibilities to rise to the top in the near future and I really like to see them playing at a more intimate place in Malmoe soon. The band got what it takes to make it big in the future and I do mean BIG. So keep a close eye on Heavy Tiger!
Riff Raff (intro)
7 Days Fool
Girls Got Balls
Heavy Tiger hung around talking to the fans and writing autographs after the show which was very appreciated amongst the fans that had gathered to see the band. Next up on the agenda stood another all-female act in Tiger Bell which did their sound check when Heavy Tiger mingled with the fans. Tiger Bell is a rock/punk act that released their first five track EP titled SLAUGHTERS DAUGHTER in 2013. They also released their debut album DON’T WANNA HEAR ABOUT YOUR BAND last year and the band have toured heavily through Scandinavia and Europe the past years. Right before the start of the show the fans arrived and it was time for me to see Tiger Bell for the second time around.
“Boy There You Go” marked the beginning of the show after which singer Thurfjell thanked for the applauds and said “We are Tiger Bell from Stockholm Sweden, although some of us comes from the very north of Sweden”. “Get Ready To Go” followed and the line up is:
Lovisa Thurfjell – lead vocals, guitar
Lisa Löfgren – lead guitar
Canan Rosén – bass, vocals
Lotta Wennström – drums
Thurfjell said it was nice to see that so many had made it to the show and that it was really nice to be playing in Malmoe again. The next song was taken from the album and it was the excellent tune “Slaughter’s Daughter”, it was dedicated to the female roller derby team in Malmoe and it was followed by “Baby You’re A Murderer”. Thurfjell mostly stood solid at her mic singing while it was Rosén that took commando over the audience. She was on fire and really kept the show on the road. Thurfjell said they had to thank Heavy Tiger for letting them use their gear. They also gave a warm hand to the band that was going to play after Tiger Bell, Vånna Inget, for also lending them some equipment. “Wanna Wanna” followed as well as “Valley Heights”. Even though this was an energetic show the crowd once again mostly stood still clapping hand after each song. Luckily Rosén saved the show with her appearance.
Tiger Bell really showed that women are just as good as men on playing energetic, high fueled punk/rock music and the show was turned up a notch with the brilliant “If You Want Something Go And Get It”. If only the rest of the two front women could create as much energy as Rosén it would have been the perfect live show. “Lime” and “Bomb” both taken from the EP continued the night and Thurfjell urged everyone in the crowd to go and buy shirt or a CD when the show was over. “You Gotta Know” and “Johnnie” followed as well as “Fragments”.
So was it time for the band to play a new song said Thurfjell but it was a secret so she said that no one could tell anyone about it. The song was titled “Radio” and it sounded great but on the other hand is it hard to say something about a song you never heard. “Don’t Wanna Be 3” followed after which Rosén took over the mic saying that many people use to come up to the band after their shows telling them about their bands and that the band got so tired after a while and wrote a song about it. The song is also the bands break through hit and is titled “Don’t Wanna Hear About Your Band” and the song is really intense and explosive and was the perfect way of ending the show. The band went off the stage and 60 minutes of excellent punk/rock music was over. The fans shouted for more so the band returned and said that they had a minimum of time left to play and therefore they were going to play a song in express speed and that fast song put an end to the show. And just as Heavy Tiger did stayed also Tiger Bell a while chatting with the fans.
Boy There You Go
Get Ready To Go
Baby You’re A Murderer
If You Want Something Go And Get it
You Gotta Let Me Know
Don’t Wanna be 3
Don’t Wanna Hear About Your Band
The band did a great show but they have things to work on in order to deliver a punk/ rock solid show. I think that both Thurfjell and Löfgren have to work on their stage presence and not leaving that to Rosén. Rosén was the one that made the show worth looking at and the other two have to step up their game. Besides that was the set list great, the sound system worked well and it’s refreshing to see that women also can play punk and I hope that both Heavy Tiger and Tiger Bell can inspire girls to take on any kind of harder music. The world needs more female rock and punk acts!
These show also ended my participation at the Malmoe festival this year. It would be a lie to say that the week have been filled with great hardrock/metal music. Contrary there were three or four acts that were great but I wonder why the organizers neglect the huge audience that wants to listen to harder music? I think that the festival need so think about the issues with the stages. It was really hard if not impossible to take pictures of the shows. They should also make sure to keep their website updated in terms of cancellations and information in general.
But I have to congratulate the festival for turning 30, not many city festivals are alive after 30 years. In Sweden a lot of festivals have gone bankrupt the past few years and it’s admirable that the Malmoe Festival is still holding its ground.
I haven’t got any numbers on how many people visited the festival but I guess the festival was as popular as previous years. Well at least for the audiences who loves pop music and food. I really hope that the festival gets their acts together and book some harder acts in 2015.