24/9 – 2022
Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall
In September 2022, D.A.D, Sator, and The Nomads joined forces and set out on a mini-tour through Sweden. The shows took place on weekends and landed in 5 cities, including their stop in Malmo at Kulturbolaget. Originally the tour was supposed to only include one single date in Malmo but due to high demands of tickets it got extended to three shows, all of which sold out.
Kulturbolaget is moving from its current location to an unknown site next year. The club has been at the same location for 30 years now and is a staple of Malmo nightlife. I’ve experienced so many great shows and moments at the club, so I was really sad when I heard they were going to move. That also meant that it was the absolute last time these three acts would appear on this particular stage, which was something Jesper Binzer of D.A.D talked about during the show.
In order to give all three acts enough time to perform, the doors opened at 6.45pm with The Nomads scheduled to begin their show at 7.30pm. Sator was scheduled to start at 8.30pm, and D.A.D at 10.15pm. It was a tight schedule but necessary.
I chose to see the last night of the stand. Traditionally I wait outside the club about 30 minutes before doors open, and tonight a long line had already formed. Once inside, I could see a photo pit and the bands’ merchandise stands. I think D.A.D outdid themselves when it came to merch. Besides T-shirts, CDs, and hoodies, the band also sold sweatpants, denim jackets, and Christmas ornaments. Unfortunately, the prices were steep to say the least, but overpriced items seem to be the norm after the pandemic.
The Nomads are a Swedish garage rock act that made their debut back in 1980. They’ve managed to maintain the same line up since 1987, which must be some kind of record in this business. In 1983 their first EP, WHERE THE WOLF BANE BLOOMS was released, inspired by acts like MC5, The Stooges, The Ramones, and New York Dolls. The band itself has been the influence of well-known Swedish acts like The Hellacopters, The Hives, and the Norwegian act Gluecifer.
The band kicked off their set with an instrumental piece, “Rat Fink A Boo Boo”. “Miles Away” carried on the show, and I noticed that the band members looked pretty much as I remembered them from back in the ’90s. “We are The Nomads!”, singer Vahlberg said, “It’s great to be here in Malmo, this is our third and last show here this time around. Here is “Hangman’s Walk”!”. After that came “Ain’t No King of Rock n’ Roll” and “Don’t Pull My Strings”. Vahlberg thanked the fans before continuing into “The Bad Times Will Do Me Good”. The band felt as solid as ever, with their long-standing lineup being:
Hans Östlund – guitar
Nick Vahlberg – lead vocals, guitar
Jocke Ericsson – drums
Björne Fröberg – bass
“Don’t Kill the Messenger” continued the show, and this song seemed to go slowly for me. I’m used to the band playing a lot faster and edgier. For the next song, the band brought a friend up on stage for help – keyboardist Hans Gäfvert from Sator who joined them for “Where the Wolf Bane Blooms” and the crowd seemed excited to see Gäfvert.
“Well, let’s continue on with the friend thing”, Vahlberg said as he brought up Chips and Kent from Sator as well to play on “The Way (You Touch My Hand)”. The small stage was now pretty crowded and when the three Sator members left it was time for “Crystal Ball” and “Wasn’t Born to Work”. After, Vahlberg saluted the fans with a bottle of beer, and it was time for “Top Alcohol”. “Dig Up the Hatchet” and “She Pays the Rent” ended the 45-minute show. I can say that the band sure did a solid performance. It was fun to once again experience this legendary Swedish act that’s paved the way for many of our current rock n’ roll heroes in Sweden.
Rat Fink A Boo Boo
Ain’t No King of Rock n Roll
Don’t Pull My Strings
The Bad Times Will Do Me Good
Don’t Kill the Messenger
Where the Wolf Bane Blooms
The Way (You Touch My Hand)
Wasn’t Born to Work
Dig Up the Hatchet
She Pays the Rent
The crew started to prepare the stage for Sator, as more people began to arrive in the club.
The band actually began as Sator Codex back in 1981, the same year they released their debut album. In 1987 the band ditched ‘Codex’ and became Sator. The first album under that name was SLAMMER! The amazing albums STOCK ROCKER NUTS and HEADQUAKE followed, and the band released a string of albums, the last of which is 2011’s UNDER THE RADAR, although they did put out the cover album, RETURN OF THE BARBIE-Q-KILLERS, this year (2022). The band’s metal/garage rock/punk music is highly loved in Sweden, and I really hope they return soon with new original music.
“Slug It Out” and “Gamma Gamma Hey” kicked off the show and the crowd was clearly ecstatic to see the band live on stage. “When You Lie Down With Dogs” continued on the show and then singer/guitarist Chips said it was time to play a song from the newly released cover album in “Brown Eyed Son”. Sator is:
Kent Norberg – lead vocals, guitar
Chips Kiesby – lead vocals, guitar
Hans Gäfvert – keyboards
Heikki Kiviaho – bass
Michael Solén – drums
On this tour, two brass players joined forces with the band and they came on stage for “Wanted: Hope and Pride Before I Die”. It was fun to hear the song being refreshed with the horn section and the guys did a solid performance together with Sator. The band blew me away from the start with their energetic music and happiness on stage. It’s also nice that Norberg and Chips share the lead vocals, adding dynamics to the music.
“Pig Valley Beach” followed, highlighting the always show-stealing bass player Kiviaho. He is always up to something extra on stage and none compares to his stage presence. You never know what he’s going to do; lie on the floor playing, stage dive, jump around on the speakers, or maybe throw his bass into the crowd like in the old days.
Norberg said it was time to play a song from the old album STOCK ROCKER NUTS. “We were young and angry when we recorded it, and we usually doen’t play many songs from that album, but here is “World”. The song really woke up the crowd as the atmosphere in the club was steaming. Then it was time for the monumental “Your Up Gets Me Down”.
What an amazing show so far! Sator can do no wrong and this show was just more proof of how popular and loved the band is by their fans. You could see the band having just as much fun as the fans. They were constantly laughing and joking together. The fact that the band has kept the same line up for so many years is proof of how fun they find their jobs.
The horn section joined forces with the guys on “I’ll Stay By Your Side” as Kiviaho impressed on lead vocals; he really sang his heart out on this beautiful song. It would be cool if the band should involve Kiviaho more in the future. Another of my favorite songs came next, “Dance From the Rocket to the Crypt”, again enhanced by the brass guys who added some flair to the song.
“Turn of the News” followed in which the fans sang their lungs out on the chorus. Chips said it was now really hot and sweaty on stage and it was time for some more singing along with one of their biggest hits, “I Wanna Go Home”.
“Here comes one of the best songs in the world and it’s about alcohol. It’s my old neighbor and friend Hans Gäfvert that will kick off the song”. Everyone who knows their Sator history knew which song was coming; it was the huge hit “I’d Rather Drink Than Talk”, and the cheers and applause knew no limits when the fans heard it.
Chips asked if the fans wanted to hear one more song. “This Is My Life” came next; the song was a huge hit by Danish singer Kim Larsen and his band Gasolin back in the ’70s-80’s. Since Denmark and Sweden are so close, especially Copenhagen and Malmo, the song was also a major hit here as well. Sator’s great version of the song ended the 60-minute show.
Of course, fans shouted for an encore and the band shortly re-entered the stage firing off “We’re Right You’re Wrong” after which Chips said the band had time for one more song. He thanked D.A.D, The Nomads, the crew, and the fans before saying they were going to end the night with a cover of “one of the songs produced by one of the greatest band in the world, ABBA!” The band played a stunning version of the “Ring Ring” that closed the show.
The band again proved why they are one of the best bands in their genre and the show was a delight. The set list was solid. Even though they played many of my personal favorite songs, I missed songs from the mid-era of the band. Still, at the end of the day it didn’t matter, I once again had the privilege of seeing Sator live.
Slug It Out
Gamma Gamma Hey
When You Lie Down With Dogs
Brown Eyed Son
Wanted: Hope and Pride Before I Die
Pig Valley Beach
Your Up Gets Me Down
I’ll Stay By Your Side (The Hurriganes cover)
Dance To the Rocket From the Crypt
Turn of the News
I Wanna Go Home
I’d Rather Drink than Talk
This Is My Life (Gasolin cover)
We’re Right You’re Wrong
Ring Ring (Abba cover)
The venue was now crowded with people making it really hard to move around, so we only had to stand still and wait for D.A.D to take their turn on stage. At 10.20pm, the intro began and finally it was time for the Danes to face the Swedish crowd for the third night in a row.
The show began with “Isn’t That Wild” and the band faced a crowd that screamed with bliss when they saw the members on stage. Singer/guitarist Jesper had everyone in the club clap their hands, after which “Burning Star” continued on the show. The line up in the band is as always made of:
Jesper Binzer – lead vocals, guitar
Jacob Binzer – guitar
Stig Pedersen – bass
Laust Sonne – drums
The crowd was given no chance to catch their breath because “Jihad – No Fuel Left for The Pilgrims” followed straight away. The song is an ’80s gem and is one of the bands many major hits. The fans to sang along spontaneously and during the song Pedersen played on his see-through bass guitar. He switched to an iron cross-shaped one shortly after.
Jesper thanked the fans for the support. “The band have been playing at the club since the early days when it was located on a different address, and I have many fond memories from numerous of shows the band did at the club”. “Written In Water” and the newer “A Prayer For the Loud”. I actually hoped the band would have played more newer songs from that album because it’s a great record. I’ve seen the band play many times before and I know they have a bad show, however lately it feels like Pedersen has lost his spark. He seems a bit bored on stage and mostly keeps to his side on the stage not interacting with the rest of the guys.
A personal favorite song in “Everything Glows” followed and the fans took over the chorus from Jesper. “Girl Nation” and “Grow or Pay” continued on the show and the fans exploded when they heard the first guitar notes of the song played by Jacob.
Pedersen took the mic asking the crowd how they were doing. Next up was “Riding With Sue” with Pedersen on vocals (I would have rather heard him sing “Black Crickets”). It’s too bad the band doesn’t use more of Pedersen’s vocals because he is a great singer. “Monster Philosophy” was next, during which Jesper stopped the song to encourage the crowd to clap and be loud, which began another round of sing along.
When it was time for “Bad Craziness”, the fans exploded in another sing along. Fans were given no chance to catch their breath because “Evil Twin” followed straight away; it was nice to hear yet another personal favorite song taken from the EVERYTHING GLOWS album. “Thank-you Malmo, and goodbye!”, shouted Jesper to end show.
60-minutes was way too short for the fans and everyone on the floor started to shout for more. After a while, the Binzer brothers returned with acoustic guitars and everyone knew it was time for the magical ballad “Laugh n’ a Half”. Needless to say, Jesper’s lead vocals were overpowered by the fans. Next was “I Won’t Cut My Hair”, which is not one of my favorites and it dragged down the show a lot, made worse when Jesper introduced Sonne on drums for a (thankfully short) drum solo.
“Sleeping My Day Away” brought huge cheers as everyone in the club realized that the show was about to end. The song included a really long guitar solo by Jacob that really overly extended the song. Pedersen took the mic for the last time saying it was time to say goodbye and everyone knew it was time for the last song for the night in “It’s After Dark” the song always ends a D.A.D show. It’s the perfect goodbye song.
A show with D.A.D is always fun, and the band always brings their best on stage and it looked like the members had a good time together. The set list could have been more interesting – why not focus on playing some more unexpected material from their huge back catalogue?
Don’t get me wrong, I love the band and the show was as solid as ever. They are way too experienced and skilled to put on a bad show. This was the perfect way of ending an era with D.A.D playing at Kulturbolaget and I was happy that I was there watching it.
Isn’t that Wild
Jihad – No Fuel Left For the Pilgrims
Written In Water
A Prayer For the Loud
Grow Or Pay
Riding With Sue
Laugh n’ a Half
I Won’t Cut My Hair
Sleeping My Day Away
It’s After Dark
Thanks to the head of Kulturbolaget Totte Lundgren for help with press/photo press. Thanks to all the staff, security and crew at the club for a great night.