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Concrete Web (86/100)

Mysterious ManPosted by Anders Bodin Fri, August 10, 2012 17:50:08

Bodinrocker is the nickname of Gothenburg based Swedish musician Anders Bodin, whom got into Rock at an early age and started writing songs on the guitar at the age of 10, influenced by the likes of Status Quo, Slade, and The Who, posters of which could be found all over his older brothers' room!

Bodinrocker is the nickname of Gothenburg based Swedish musician Anders Bodin, whom got into Rock at an early age and started writing songs on the guitar at the age of 10, influenced by the likes of Status Quo, Slade, and The Who, posters of which could be found all over his older brothers' room!

Over the years he's played in a couple of bands, but none really worked out too well, so in 2005 he started on the recordings of a solo project helped out by his brother-in-law, Lars Ekberg (himself a keyboardist with experience in the bands Carola and Triple & Touch, whom also brought in the other musicians on the project: drummer Klas Anderhell who'd play(ed/s) with Jerusalem, Mikael Rickfors and Mats Ronander... and bassist Marcus Sigverdsson of Jill Johnsson and Shirley Clamp repute). The end result was the album Hall Of Flames, released under Anders Bodin's own name, on his own Bearman Music imprint in 2006. An album which would bring the young musician some instant gratification, as the album's title track, as well as the songs “Golden Girl” and “The Way Back Home” were given ample airplay on Swedish radio. Even bigger gratification came when Sweden's telly chain TV4 used the music of the title track as background when Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang was about to do his first space walk!

Anders started a new recording project in June 2008 at Ekberg's own Oakmountainstudio, the latter again rallying the same musicians. A prelude to the album, which Anders this time preferred to launch under his nickname Bodinrocker, finally came in late January 2010 with the download single Scooter/ Get Me On The Road, which got some real nice radio airplay in Sweden, and entered the SNL charts (Svenska NärradioListan) at #12, in consequent weeks growing (via #11, #7, and # 3 positions), to the #1 spot!

Stylistically, Anders himself describes his music as “...Put Status Quo, Whitesnake, Beatles and some Folk tones in a mixer and press the button...” (citing the likes of Neil Young, Atomic Swing, Whitesnake, Rod Stewart, Faces, Belle And Sebastian, Status Quo, Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Hellcopters, the Who, and “many more” as his influences), and somehow that is correct. He forgets to tell that he does nót keep his finger on the button of the mixer long enough to make a smooth uniform mixture which spreads out evenly over his musical catalog, but only gives the machine a couple of short turns, resulting in a chunky concoction. While that may seem somewhat unappetizing when dealing with real food, in musical terms it means that while some songs get a bigger Quo likeness (check “Get Me On The Road”, “Scooter”, for starters, but you'll find Quo in most of he other tracks as well), where other get a more Classic Rock touch (the Beatles thing starting out as the proverbial liquid in which the mixture is made, it's found everywhere anyway) thanks to the added sound of Hammond B3 organ, and then suddenly you get a more Folk-oriented track with mostly acoustic guitar (“Back On Track”).

Now for your acquaintance with this man's music, you might check out the trusted MySpace page (myspace.com/andersbodin), but that'll only get you full versions of two songs (album title song + “Scooter”) and samples to 3 others (plus 3 full-length songs and off and an album trailer of the debut album). Better combine with the “Audio” section at the artist's own website (www.) andersbodin.net, where you'll find àll songs posted (still, I'm not sure if that's full-length versions or just samples). Nice stuff, and definitely something I'd like to listen to a bit more at a later date...but hey, whom am I trying to fool here, with the busy schedule Concrete Web is throwing on my shoulders? 86/100