After 13 years as one of the centerpieces of Sweden's experimental rock scene The Skull Defekts return with their final, self-titled album. The band is known for merging the coarse vitality of punk with the ritualism of folk dances to create music that is addictive, wondrously discordant, and rooted in a belief in the overwhelming power of pure sound. Their most composed effort to date, the release finds new member Mariam Wallentin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums) joining core members Joachim Nordwall (founder of groundbreaking iDEAL Recordings), Daniel Fagge Fagerström (8 Days of Nothing), and Henrik Rylander (Union Carbide Productions).
"Our new album, simply entitled The Skull Defekts, marks the death of the band and an important farewell to those who have cared. It holds many echoes of our history but it is music that is present and now, and it's hopeful in its own darkness. It carries some kind of positive desperation knowing what we knew while recording it. We worked with Mariam Wallentin as our fourth member on this one, and she brought in something new; new creativity, new blood. Her contributions were important.
"The stuff I wrote for it was of course colored by the fact that we were not comfortable as a band. I think Fagge's stuff was too. And there in the studio, we realized how much we love creating together. We love playing together but it just had to stop. The Skull Defekts might be our strongest album musically. It is the album that might be the most composed one. It is well prepared musically and of course holds improvisational parts, but probably less than before. This is our last album. The Skull Defekts has been an important part of our lives. It is no longer." - Joachim Nordwall