A band whose ventures into mesmeric jams that stretch out into double digits began in the late 1960s, groundbreaking Swedish sonic explorers TRÄD GRÄS OCH STENÄR make their Psych Fest debut.
Translating as ‘Trees, Grass and Stones’, the Swedish collective were established from the embers of several leading underground Swedish psych bands in 1969. The group would set up their instruments and PA in whichever floor or field they were booked to play and gradually tuned in to the music of the spheres. Live, the band operate in similar territory to The Velvet Underground’s or Ornette Coleman’s formula: you know the beginning and the end, but what exists between those two points is the magical improvised unknown.
Träd, Gräs Och Stenar are pioneers of DIY culture; they jammed with force and purpose for 40 minutes back when ‘legendary’ SF groups or German krautrock bands were still struggling to get out of the upper single digits with dignity; they traveled with organic food they grew themselves and cooked for everyone they played to; they made their own instruments, amplifiers and PAs. They played an integral role in establishing the buoyant Swedish underground and DIY culture which flourishes today. WithoutTräd, Gräs Och Stenar there is no Goat, there is no Dungen. It is fitting, therefore, that Dungen’s Reine Fiske is now playing guitar with the band.