I remember it vividly. Of course this is easy to harken back to, it was around my birthday. The streets were empty, the grey Swedish spring-time skies were even more melancholic and foreboding than usual, and there was no one at the pub drinking Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day. Society, which normally seems so safe and secure was being tested; toilet paper was nowhere to be seen, the crux of western civilization, that thin veneer of soft tissue that binds us and keeps our shit together was empty from the store shelves.
People were afraid, unaware of what the future could hold. We were on the verge of a Meltdown. A year later we look back and well, at least some things have improved since those early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. But in that foggy in-between time of last year, the Swedish punk band Existenz seemed to be prophetic, releasing an album that could easily sum up the following 12 months of 2020, “Meltdown”.
“Sharp guitars, heavy rhythm section and Jyrkis mean and characteristic voice makes this punkrock at its best”
The album was recorded and mixed by Anders Nilsson at Svenska Popfabriken, mastered by Stry Terrarie/Kanarie (Kriminella Gitarrer, Ebba Grön, Imperiet etc.) and produced by Jake Lundtofte from The Headlines. Jake is also doing guest appearances on vocals and some great guitar work! Another appreciated guest on this record is Ida Svensson-Vollmer from VA Rocks who contributes with some awesome vocals.
Make no mistakes, this is punk and no f*****g scam.