Friday, September 5, 2008


30 Years of War Trettioariga Kriget(Thirty Years War) was formed in 1970 in Saltsjobaden, a seaside resort southeast of Stockholm. They were at the time all around seventeen and still in high school.
The schools mainhall was in the beginning used as the rehearsalroom.
This first lineup of the band was a sixpiece with two drummers! From the start the band included Stefan on bass and vocals, Dag on drums and Olle on harmonica.
1971 some members of the original band left and Robert joined on vocals and guitar.
1972 Olle quit playing harmonica to concentrate on the lyrics, leaving the band to concist only of Stefan, Dag and Robert. They decided they needed a good guitarplayer and started to audition some guitarists. Through these auditions they found Christer who joined the band in summer 1972.
The band rehearsed intensively for a year and a half and developed a style of their own quite unlike the main trend in Swedish rock during the Seventies.
Early 1974 they got a recorddeal with CBS (now Sony Music). Also at that time they got a new rehearsal room in Saltsjobaden. An old underground disco which they called "Grunden". There they would remain for a long time....An album was recorded that summer and released in august 1974. The album was named only "Trettioariga Kriget".
The musical talent and originality of the group was duly recognized in the reviews.
They also now started to tour extensively in Sweden and also did several live performances on national Swedish radio.
The second album "Krigssang" was recorded in the summer of 1975 though it was not released until early 1976 . It is commonly regarded as Trettioariga Krigets "masterpiece". The second side is totally devoted to the long suite "Krigssang 2".
The band continued touring and gigging in -75 and -76 .

In October -76 they left for an extensive English tour from Croydon in London to Cardiff in Wales to Sunderland near the Scotish border. They went down very well and the English musicmagazine "Melody Maker" chose them as one of the most promising bands for -77, speaking enthusiastically of their "intense gripping songs" and saying that "the power of the music is tremendous"!!! Back home again however they got the boot from swedish CBS, who apparently hadn´t heard any news from abroad.
Trettioariga Kriget then chose to sign for a small Swedish independet label called Mistlur.
The first album on this new label was called "hej pa er".It was recorded in summer1978 in "Grunden", the rehearsal room, with mobile recording facilties. By this time Mats had joined on keyboards and saxophone too.
Thealbum was very well received and was to that date their best selling album. The album was seeing the band moving to a more simple songformat and is seen as the last album in a trilogy starting with the first album.
The band continued to tour extensively during this time around Scandinavia.
In the summer of 1979 the band recorded "Mot alla odds" also at "Grunden". It is largely regarded the bands least successful album though it has its moments, i.e. the title song.
This was the last album with Robert who left in autumn 1979 leaving the vocals to Stefan.
In 1980 the band played the Roskilde festival in Denmark and continued the extensive touring. And they also recorded the album called "Kriget" at "Grunden"
The story then jumps to 1992 when Stefan, Robert and Dag played an accousitc set at a releaseparty for the CD-release of "Krigssang". And then in1996 to coincide with the release of their mostly live album "Warmemories", the band decided to do two reunionconcerts in Stockholm.
The album "Glorious war" with recordings from 1970-1971 was released 2004 and the album, "Elden av ar", recorded by the band during 2003 was released 2004, an album full of good songs and the bands playing is stronger than ever!!

Tracks :

War song
I and I and " I"
My miracle
War song II
On going to England
Out of the depths
So long

Band Members :

Stefan Fredin-bass guitar,vocals
Dag Lundquist-drums,violin,vocals
Robert Zima-vocals
Christer Akerberg-guitars

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1 comment:

  1. Hey man, thanks, really heart-warming stuff this... just heard it a couple times so far, and its "odd edges" just increase the charm -- it's definitely a grower, to use a chewed expression.

    The lyrics, from what I heard so far, are great... I never really saw a particular beauty in Swedish language (grown up there so I know it thoroughly), not that I ever disliked it, but I have to say the Swedish lyrics are somehow essential for these bands...

    Also cool to hear ideas that have inspired Landberk among others... whilst the vocals of Trettioåriga Kriget sometimes bring to mind "Child In Time"!

    Really exciting album, it's opening little by little like a good book.

    Tack så mycket!


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