New band of the day: The Branded

New band of the day: The Branded

Regular readers, particularly of the New band of the day features will recall that I fairly regularly return to a more fuzzed out garage sound; well my latest discovery are totally fuzzed out and will set pulses racing with their frantic twisted garage action.

Meet The Branded, called so because when they were born, they lit up cigarettes and burned themselves as their newly born little fingers were still full of amniotic fluid and couldn’t keep a good hold on Satan’s weed. These three derranged Swedish garage punks who have recently released their third album ”ËœEvil Gone Wrong’ (mono vinyl only ”“ obviously!) via Germany’s Soundflat Records. The Branded have crafted an inviting mix of 60’s R&B, with wild incessant garage delivered with punk rock ferocity and then added an insane stomping beat ”“ the monsterous ear splitting sound they have created was done so using both vintage instruments and analogue equipment to give the band an authentic desperate feel.

Lee Tea (Guitar and Vocals), Harri Kolari (Bass) and Anders Hansson (Drums) have produced some of the catchiest songs around, like ”ËœDrive Me Outta My Mind’ or ”ËœListen’ will make you jump and shout in a second ”“ these ”ËœKettenfett’ drinking guys from Malmö really know how to make rockin”Ëœ music! Among eleven of their own compositions, the album also includes a brilliant cover of the 60’s Garage classic ”ËœCry’ by The Malibus (which was compiled on the famous Back From The Grave series).

Prior to this The Branded released two EP’s and two full length albums for London based Dirty Water Records, and have also appeared at the Dirty Water Club ”“ They don’t get over to the UK as often as we would like; however they are set to play at Hackney Trash Bar on Friday 3rd August ”“ please do not miss this gig…Dirty Water Records said of the gig “Our favourite beer swillin’, bath dodgin’, skirt chasin’ mono men are back” ”“ do you need any more of a reason to attend???

Tickets are available from the DWC

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Phil Newall is from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. Not going to miss that London gig! And for anyone who’s not been there the Hackney Trashbar is in the Borough of Hackney but is actually in Stoke Newington (near the police station on Stoke Newington High Street) so don’t get lost!


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