Playing in a hardcore punk band and touring a lot is a good way to school yourself both musically and politically. That’s what Lycka Till has done across Europe and the U.S. during the early 2000’s in bands like Disconvenience, Auktion, The Rats and Kommunen. In 2009 they formed Lycka Till to bring something new to the punk scene – and to mix the personal with the political, the angry with the fun, “We wanted people to feel uplifted by our music and we wanted them to get angry like we were angry,” they say of themselves.
Since then they have released two albums and toured all over Europe and the U.S. Playing fast, melodic punk, driven my electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, and horns. Their lyrics focus on refugees, Swedish and international politics, Palestine, suicide, depression, leftist dogmatists and love. But mostly, as they say, they sing about struggle – the personal and the political struggle of everyday life.
“Amid the exhilarating chaos and drunkenness of hundreds of punk shows we have hopefully made some sort of difference.”
A review of the Rakt over Munnen LP
“Moments like these are among the best musical moments. Moments like these are, maybe, why music and language were invented in the first place. “You are not crazy. You are not alone. There is a lot of fucked up stuff in this world. You aren’t the only one who sees it. And, maybe, if the small voice that you are decides to raise a righteous fuss, others will join in with you.” These are the comforting thoughts that I had while listening to Sweden’s folk-punk act Lycka Till’s album, Rakt over Munnen. My great grandfather was born in Sweden, but I didn’t know what the fuck these people were singing about until I found the photocopied zine inside the record with beautiful, rebellious lyrics in English and a group of punks carrying a banner that translated, “Norrland Against Racism.” Here in the United States, people are still in shock, still organizing, still facing the consequences of speaking out against killer cops in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York. It was the perfect night to discover this record and hear that, in anger and frustration at the senseless violence laid upon the people by the powers that be, we are not crazy. We are not alone. “
– John Mule (Dragabang)