AGENT BLÅ (SE)
GRÅ VÅG SHOWCASE - SATURDAY 26/8

Agent Blå is a young five man indie/postpunk-act from Gothenburg praised in both local and international media and often compared to Swedish icons of the genre such as Broder Daniel and Makthaverskan. Their self titled debut album released this summer clocks in at 35 minutes and is both desperate and emotional, powerful and laid back. Performs at the festival as part of Grå Våg Showcase, curated by the fanzine with the same name.


BELGRADO (ES)
SATURDAY 26/8

Barcelona based post punk-outfit Belgrado released their third album 'Obraz' last summer and dare we say almost perfected their craft. Since forming in 2010 they have become one of the forerunners of the scene – and for good reason. Obraz is heavily influenced by pure 80s guitar-based post-punk as we’ve come to expect from Belgrado, with Patrycja Proniewska’s strong vocals reminiscent of some of our favorite girl-fronted bands, such as Anja Huwe from X-Mal Deutschland. Having recently toured most of the world we look forward to a rare performance in Sweden this summer.


BESTIAL MOUTHS (US)
SATURDAY 26/8

Bestial Mouths is led through shrieking tempests and wraithlike wails by Lynette Cerezo, who summons haunting tales into existence, conjuring an in-your-face experience both visually and sonically, equally across stages and records. Their bewitching live performances take audiences on a dialectical journey juxtaposing consciousness with the unconscious, as she expresses her soul-shaking visions with anecdotal abstractions from her personal past with the darkest depths of the human condition. Having finished an extensive North American tour this spring surrounding the remix album '(still) heartless', Bestial Mouths will return to Europe this summer.


BUZZ KULL (AU)
SATURDAY 26/8

Marc Dwyer’s output as Buzz Kull is a mass of jagged synth lines and pounding drum machines. Transcending the traditional archetype of darkwave by pushing pop sensibilities, focusing on different emotional states and boundaries. Having only released a swathe of singles over the past five years, Dwyer has remained an elusive but omnipresent figurehead of darker electronics within Sydney, Australia. Buzz Kull’s debut LP, 'Chroma', takes cues from the sound of darkwave at it's best, whilst wrangling the genre forcefully into the present. It rips away the rose-coloured glasses of the 21st century, destroying them in the face of an otherwise glamorous and hedonistic generation.


CARINO CAT (SE)
SATURDAY 26/8

Danny Swinger och Andy Sandy formed Carino Cat last year while discussing their love for the 80's and analogue synthesizers. As one of few contemporary Italo Disco acts from Sweden they keep close to the roots of the genre with catchy hooks, bouncy basslines, sexy saxophone solos and well placed rimshots. Having just released their second single 'Talk to the hand' they are gearing up for their first physical release and will showcase some yet unheard material at the festival this summer.


DIE SELEKTION (DE)
FRIDAY 25/8

German trio Die Selektion performed at our festival as early as 2012, not long after releasing their self titled debut album. Now they are finally about to unleash their long awaited second LP 'Deine Stimme Ist Der Ursprung Jeglicher Gewalt' on acclaimed [aufnahme+wiedergabe] and return to Sweden once again. Keeping the foundations of their well established energetic and trumpet driven sound they have brought it to the next level with more refined production and diverse arrangements.


DIESEL DUDES (US)
FRIDAY 25/8

DIESEL DUDES IS SWEATY, HYPER ROMAN, MUSCLE MUSIC FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO TRULY GET PUMPED AND SMOKE SO MUCH WEED. DIESEL DUDES TACKLES THE TOUGH ISSUES OF BEING AN INSANELY STRONG MAN BUT HAVING DEEP INSECURITIES FROM PAST TRAGEDIES OR FATHERS. THE GOAL IS TO EAT AS MANY MUSCLE MILK PRODUCTS AS POSSIBLE AND WORK OUT AND FORGET ABOUT THAT SHIT YOU BABY. MUSCLES.

Editor's note: don't do drugs, kids.



DISSOCIO MODUS TRANS (SE)
FLEISCH SHOWCASE - FRIDAY 25/8

Behind the pseudonym of 'Dissocio Modus Trans' hides a well known artist belonging to the alternativ electronic scene of Sweden and Stockholm in particular. Having performed previously alongside Celldöd and Æmit this will be his second ever show. Inspired by the Tibetan book of the dead, old school acid and ego death he creates dark psychadelic acid from the void. At the festival he'll perform as part of a showcase curated by Berlin label Fleisch alongside Forces and label DJ's.


EASTER (DE)
FRIDAY 25/8

Berlin-based duo of writer Stine Omar and producer Max Boss, who place the deadpan delivery of riddling rhymes atop synthetic post-Eurodance beats, distilled into bleak minimalism. For some highly erotic, for others purely asexual, Easter’s music channels the gentle embrace of crisis, like the moisturizing effects of puffy clouds against your skin as Earth’s gravitational pull beckons. Easter’s sonic identity is bolstered by a playfully clinical visual language – their 15 self-directed music videos show the sophisticated DIY aesthetic they have crafted, equally suitable for laptop screens as in white cubes.


HANTE. (FR)
SATURDAY 26/8

After her noteworthy projects Phosphor and Minuit Machine, Hélène de Thoury offers, through her first solo project, a cold, synthetic and melancholic music mixing nagging darkwave and striking electronics. In two years, she played more than 30 gigs in clubs and festivals around Europe and Canada and just recently released her third album 'Between Hope & Danger', an intimate piece full of passion, suspense and darkness. Hélène is doing her first perfomance as Hante. in Sweden this August.



IC3PEAK (RU)
SATURDAY 26/8

Formed in 2013 when musicians Nick and Nastya found themselves united by the search for a new sound and visual language. What Ic3peak now describe as “futuristic opera and audio-visual experiment” was too strange and alien in the framework of any Moscow scene at the time. They have outgrown the party scene since, and, despite taking on dystopian imagery, are striving to create their own utopia. “Today, when everybody is obsessed with the past, we look straight into the future,” they write in their manifesto. “For us, the beauty is in the struggle to create new symbols and meanings. Screams and noise are both our international languages." Their global-minded DIY ethos, alongside their vocal feminist and pro-LGBT stance, is hardly what you would expect to come out of Russia at this moment in time.



KÆLAN MIKLA (IS)
FRIDAY 25/8

Kælan Mikla s a three-piece synth/punk/no-wave band from Reykjavík slowly going darker and deeper with new waves and more instruments. Three girls who perform their with poetry in their native tounge, an avant-garde, fresh breeze into (not only) the Icelandic music scene. The band was formed after winning a poetry slam held by their city library 2013. They have since then played multiple festivals, toured Europe and released their selt titled debut album on the greek Fabrika Records label. The bands lyrics focus on inner confusion and their intimidating stage performance, often including performance art of some sort, is bound to leave the crowd in a melancholic trance.



LODE RUNNER / LR6 (RU)
FRIDAY 25/8

LR6 marks the the sixth lineup Lode Runner has been in since their first EP 'No time to explain' released in 2014. With short energetic bursts of melodic instrumental surf-post punk they have a sound of their own that brings to mind catchy video game music from the 80's. It's intensive and repetitive and will find a way to lodge inside your head. The band is currently in the works of recording new material and will perform their first show outside of Russia at Kalabalik Festival this summer.



MORNING HANDS (US)
SATURDAY 26/8

Douglas Du Fresne and Patrick Tabor, members also of Diesel Dudes, are both over 6 feet tall and over 200 pounds. Possibly California's largest synthpop group. Together they create dreamy electronic pop music more similar to chillwave, dreampop or indie rather than the cold wave or minimal synth of Europe. With three EP releases they embark on a journey this summer to play their first ever European show at Kalabalik på Tyrolen.





PARALELO (ES)
SATURDAY 26/8

Paralelo is a twenties something musician from Barcelona with a passion for Don Quixote, litterature and wine who created what he calls the New Chivalry Order: inspired by Aleister Crowley, anarchism and knight-errant chivalry. His latest work 'Corazón Roto Por Siempre y Orgulloso' is a ten track eccentric minimal synth masterpiece based around the concept of eternal loss and the gift (or curse) of life. First show in Sweden at Kalabalik på Tyrolen 2017 this summer!


SDH (ES)
FRIDAY 25/8

SDH (Semiotics Department Of Heteronyms) are Andrea Pérez and Sergi Alejandre, founders of the label Cønjuntø Vacíø. SDH is born as a project to explore the different alter egos that make up personality, to embody the different fictions that constitute human being, and to play with reality, fiction and lie. SDH aims to experiment with the idea of fiction as a real and legitimate form of expression and life.


STURM CAFÉ (SE)
SATURDAY 26/8

Founded by the two teenage boys Gustav and Jonatan in 2001 under the name The Xenophobian Alliance. They released a couple of demo cassette tapes which were handed out to close friends. The instrumentation was a cheap digital synth with an Atari for sequencing and an analog 4 channel portable studio the quality of the songs were low but charming. Since then, Sturm Café has evolved to become something of a cult band with their unique mixture of neue deutsche welle, minimal wave and electronic body music. The brand new EP 'Es Geht' proudly showcases the diversity of their sound with energetic synth work, funky basslines and german lyrics.


WHISPERING SONS (BE)
FRIDAY 25/8

Whispering Sons is a Belgian post-punk band formed in 2013. Their dark sound breathes desperation and nervosity, which translates into an ominous atmosphere. Their first EP ‘Endless Party’ was released in December 2015 on Wool-E Tapes and was reissued on vinyl in March 2016 through Minimal Maximal. Both sold out in less than a month. In April 2016, the band won Humo’s Rock Rally, Belgium’s most prestigious music competition.


XARAH DION (CA)
SATURDAY 26/8

Producer, composer, songwriter, Montreal's Xarah Dion works on the verge of minimal wave. Dion's well-received first LP Le Mal Nécessaire (2014) brought her to widely tour Europe. The new LP FUGITIVE expands Dion's rich analog sound. With skillfull arrangements, signature melodies, odd rythms and personal tone, FUGITIVE ushers in a vangard yet classic sound.


Further acts to be announced!