A Tightrope Wish | NEW ALBUM BY Case Conrad | RELEASE october 14 2016
What is a band? That was one of the main questions Gustav Haggren had when he formed Case Conrad together with Robert Johansson and Petter Bengtsson in 2009. They had all been in different musical groups in the past and found the structure of a band somewhat boring and predictable. So they formed a project, called The Case of Conrad, soon they shortened it to Case Conrad. It was suppose to only be one self-released album, Dew Point, which they recorded live in two days, and initially only one tour (however it turned out to be a tour in the USA where they went with no shows booked but ended up playing 55 shows in three months traveling from east to west!).
After the trip they ended up in Barcelona where a songwriter and friend of Haggren was living: Per Henrik Adolfsson, also known as Pancake. Soon it was decided that Adolfsson was joining Case Conrad in the making of second album Leikko. Now Case Conrad was a band of two vocalists. The album was recorded by the band themselves, learning as they went along in peoples flats. They kept having to move because of cockroaches, neighbors and other technical interference.
The previous album Leikko was well recieved. The album came out on Stargazer Records and the band signed a publishing deal with FatCat Records. In 2015 Case Conrad returned to the US for 32 dates where they played shows with The Pines and King of Prussia.
After touring, the album Case Conrad were once again acting in a non-typical band sense. Haggren went back to Sweden to study creative writing, Robert Johansson opened a Ramen-restaurant in Barcelona and Adolfsson started making art and having exhibitions. Bengtsson and newest and fifth member Vasco Batista were both doing music in other projects, Bengtsson drumming with Ash & Iron and Batista fronting Big Summer.
And now Case Conrad is back together as a band like it was the most natural thing in the world. Their long-distant relationship between Barcelona, Spain and Malmö, Sweden seems to be working out. Like they sing in the final epic track Blood on kick drums on the new album: ”All we’ve done’s been proven wrong, yet we were right all along”.
A Tightrope Wish
Case Conrad’s third album A Tightrope Wish was recorded in Sauerland, Germany, most of it tracked live in the course of five days. The album was recorded and mixed by Michael Vögler and produced by the band. The album will come out October 2016 on This Is Forte.
The eleven songs features songwriting from both Gustav Haggren and Per Henrik Adolfsson and just like on the previous album, Leikko, Haggren and Adolfsson share the lead vocalist post. The songs speak of the mysterious inner and outer worlds that the band has experienced in the past two years, both in their personal lives and during tours in Europe and USA.
Case Conrad is divided between the cities of Barcelona, Spain and Malmö, Sweden and their label is German. The band’s geographical situation can be noticed in The Swim where Haggren sings about a love affair to the docks of Hamburg and Barcelona – a song that was written in his own port city of Malmö and captures the urge to look for the impossible.
Heavy Metal Bars is the name of the first single – a reverberating story whispered through Adolfssons voice, breathing increasingly with the song as it grows ending with booming toms, choirs and handclaps. The lyrics picture a mysterious place where different meanings of the word bars are dividing and capturing our hearts. There is hope, but it will come first after we are gone: ”Some time this place will bloom, when renewed from me and you, when recovered from the truth”.
The songs also raise questions about death, the impossibility to fit in, religion and those in power: themes that resonates perhaps with the current climate in Europe, but also a sort of self–questioning. In contrast, there’s also a hopeful streak throughout the album which the title A Tightrope Wish stands for. The title is a salutation to everyone who believes there is hope in everything, a hope to change, a hope to love, a hope to save ourselves and others. That is art. That is music.
Dew Point [CD] Red Olive Music 2010
Leikko [LP] Stargazer Records 2014