Following last years disbanding of Sweden’s much-loved progressive rockers Beardfish, vocalist and driving force Rikard Sjöblom has turned his attention to his solo project Gungfly, and signed with InsideOutMusic for the release of their next album ‘On Her Journey To The Sun’ on May 19th, 2017.
Following the release of the title track last month, they are now pleased to launch a lyric video for the track ‘Old Demons Die Hard’ which you can see here: https://youtu.be/yXAalb7IoXM
Rikard had this to say: “Old Demons Die Hard is a song about a bully and one of his victims. No virgin territory for me lyrically but this one has a different approach to the subject. It’s a song that I started writing and working on without really having a clear idea where I wanted to take it musically so I guess that’s why it’s all over the place, hahaha! Our hero gets a phone call from an old classmate who used to be a real bastard to him in school – he’s moved back to town and wants to meet up and have a cup of coffee. At the same time as he hates the guy, our protagonist still struggles with feelings of feeling appreciated and cool because this clown is even acknowledging his existence. So the story takes place as he’s walking up to his house and he doesn’t know if he’s gonna say hi or punch him in the face once the door opens…
I’m personally fond of this song, or mainly the process of writing and recording it, for the simple fact that it stands out as different from anything I’ve ever done with either Beardfish or Gungfly and still sounds very familiar for both bands – it might be the union of the two. It has the 70’s prog vibe of early Beardfish and the psychedelic funk-infused soul grooves of Gungfly and maybe, just maybe, something new..?”
Watch the previously released live video for the title track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXIL75HtKbQ
‘On Her Journey To The Sun’ will be available as a special edition 2CD digipak, including a second ‘best-of’ disc featuring a hand-picked selection of tracks from earlier Gungfly releases. It will also be available as gatefold 2LP + CD & digital download.
Pre-order the digital download from iTunes and Amazon and receive the title track instantly:
“I recorded what was to become the first album between 2007 – 2008 and it was released in 2009. The name Gungfly is a Swedish word meaning unsecure ground, and it came from a novel I read where it was used to describe that someone didn’t have grounds to back up their statements, so I liked it and chose to call the project that!” Rikard continues: “I’ve always been writing and recording lots of music and when I formed the live band to perform these songs for the first time I got to pick some of my oldest friends to play with and thankfully they wanted to be part of it! Petter and Rasmus Diamant (yes, they’re brothers) on drums and bass have always been the backbone foundation in this line-up and sometimes we actually do gigs as the Gungfly trio. Sverker Magnusson has been behind the keys since the start and was recently joined by Martin Borgh too to be able to cover all of the keyboard work on the albums, so sometimes we do three keyboard players on stage at the same time! This is made possible by the fact that guitarist David Zackrisson (Beardfish) is in the band as well. Me then? I do what I’ve always done; sing, play guitars and a bunch of vintage keyboards (mainly Hammond organ) – and I have lots of fun.”
Rikard Sjöblom is perhaps best known as the multi-instrumentalist frontman of Beardfish, who established themselves as one of the most consistently brilliant modern-day progressive rock bands over the course of eight studio albums. In recent years, he has also become known for his work with English progressive collective Big Big Train, playing live with them as well as performing on their 2016 album ‘Folklore’. That year also marked the release of his most recent solo album under his own name, ‘The Unbendable Sleep’.