01. Farewell My Hell
03. Cash Or Clash
04. Shut You Out
06. My Name Is Golden
09. Simple Twist Of Hate
11. Mooseman's Jukebox
12. Hard Times
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Esteemed punk rock juggernauts Millencolin have returned to their roots on Kingwood, a cathartic but infectious assortment of tunes that is as collectively uplifting as it is unstoppable. "I think it's our best, most focused record yet," guitarist Erik Ohlsson attests, and in the length of time it takes for these dozen explosive songs to play out, punk loyalists will reach the same conclusion.
Produced by Chips Kiesbye
Engineered and Edited by Jim Brumby Mixed by Henryk Lipp
Music recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, August 2004
Vocals recorded at Music-A-Matic in Gothenburg, Sweden, September and October 2004
Mixed at Music-A-Matic Mastered by Henrik Jonsson at Masters Of Audio
Additional editing by Mieszko Talarczyk at Soundlab Studios in Örebro, Sweden
All songs published by Songs & Stories Publishing
Nikola Sarcevic - Vocals & Bass
Erik Ohlsson - Guitar
Mathias Färm - Guitar
Fredrik Larzon - Drums
Backup vocals by:
Nikola Sarcevic, Chips K, Erik Ohlsson & Mathias Färm.
Piano on Stalemate by Chips K.
Artwork by Erik Ohlsson at Eckhouse Design.
Photo by Jens Andersson.
Exclusive roadcrew: Zoran Malceski, Paul Chavez, Biffen, Magnus Hägerås, Norge, David, Jeff & Gareth.
Drummers who saved us when Larzon was malfunctioning: Kjell Ramstedt, Thomas Bombshell.
Special thanks: Chips, Jim Brumby, Henryk Lipp, Mieszko Talarczyk, Tobbe at The Agency Group, Sargon De Basso, The Burning Heart crew, Babs, Sejka, Jallo, Bebba, Jonne, Mudda, Cam, Kimmo at Songs & Stories, Gero at BHR Germany, Brett, Dave, Jeff, Ron, Marlene at Epitaph USA & Europe, Ian at Shock, Emiko JVC, Lundmark & brother, Niklas Karlsson.
Thanks!: The Larzon family, The Sarcevic family, The Färm family, The Ohlsson family, Camilla Gaasvik, Elizabeth, Lisa, Tea, Flora, Pernilla, Linda, The Vitorovic family, Lisa & Danne, Olle Garp, Tive, Parton, Ronken, Sörn, LF, Adde, Sassa, Lurgo, Bullen, Martin, Josef, Attling, Svempa, Lantz fam, Bomber, Deze, Johanna Andersson, Lisa Selin, Joakim O, Turken, Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Mike Vallely, Kris Markovich, Kevin Lyman, Everybody at Bad Taste Records, Alex Robert, Janne Elfsten, Granberg, Hedvall, Fakta, Simon Riddle, Sara & Henrik, Japan, Pilsner & the Wimans Crew, Tony & ZTV, Balsam, Kalle Haglund & Style War, Punky at Skiva, Bertrand at Lo-Fi, Cinder Block, Östlunds for lending us a moosehead, Strike & Co, Mitt Andra Hem, Danne Schön & Sebbe at WE Örebro, Brädcentralen and everybody involved in Millencolin Open skateboarding contest, Musikbörsen, Sporting, Montse De La Herras, Ross the Aussie, Pär Strömberg & WE Activists, The Jens, Dan Swanö, Ante & Hazze at Sexpak Stix, Giftorm Skate Mag, Transition Mag, Bo Saf & Walle at TBV, Palle & Trio Tryck, Patrick & Luger, Tommy & Frontline, Slan GK, Team Slan.
David, Greger, Pontus, Erik and everybody at WE, Kurt Soto, Pete & Steve Van Doren at VANS, Henning & NIXON, Derek Wolfford at PEARL, Niklas Tärnhamn at EM Nordic, ZILDJIAN, David & Mårten at WATERPROOF TATTOO, ERNIE BALL strings, MESA BOOGIE, MUSIC MAN, IN TUNE PICKS, Mabass, Spingo, Pias, SPV, Craig & Scorpion Bookings, Margie & Do It Bookings, Lance & One Moment Management,Page & Greenland, Carlos, Philip at DEAG, Xavi at Cap Cap, Mary at Gadget, Alex at AF Concerts.
Nasum, The Peepshows, Bombshell Rocks, The Accidents, Voice Of A Generation, Matchbook Romance, Danko Jones, Senses Fail, Donots, Bad Religion, The Pricks, New Found Glory, NOFX, Pennywise, Sick Of It All, Turbonegro, 28 Days, Bodyjar, Ääritila, Kvoteringen, Kent, Backyard Babies, The Hellacopters, Genocide Super Stars, Snitch, 2 Ton Predator, Looptroop, Timbuktu, Nine, Bouncing Souls, Strung Out, Homegrown.
NOTE: Millencolin does not like guns and are in no way supporting any weapon associations.
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US Rel. Date: 04/12/2005
EU Rel. Date: 03/29/2005
As promised, Kingwood is a faster, more aggressive offering than the mid-tempo, rock-oriented Home From Home. From the opening track, "Farewell My Hell," Kingwood moves along at a frantic pace, with plenty of driving power chord riffs and anthemic choruses. The balladic "Shut You Out" is one of the few subdued moments among this set, and even the poppier cuts ("Cash Or Clash," "Ray") are loud and punchy. This is far and away Millencolin's best-sounding effort yet; the guitars are big and crunchy, and vocalist Nikola's voice is noticeably clearer than on Home From Home. In short, this album demands to be played loudly. These songs are also more textured than those on previous outings; the eerie guitar feedback sounds at the end of "Novo" and "Stalemate" and the piano in the bridge of "Stalemate" are prime examples of this. It's a subtle change, but a welcome one. There are plenty of good, catchy tunes (and thankfully, very little filler) on Kingwood, such as the anthemic "Birdie" and "Biftek Supernova," which recalls old Bad Religion. The real standout here, however, is the penultimate track, "Mooseman's Jukebox." With its driving shuffle beat, thumping bass line, and a chorus that just begs the listener to sing along, it's impossible to sit still through this song, and I have found myself returning to it more than any other track on this album.
Lyrically, Kingwood has less tongue-in-cheek humor than Millencolin's previous albums. There are no songs about Nintendo, Vulcans, or foxy motor scooters to be found here. Instead, we are given heartfelt, meaningful lyrics about living up to one's potential ("Birdie") or the frustration of feeling constrained by others' expectations ("Ray"). The lone exception might be the aforementioned "Mooseman's Jukebox," the verses of which are simply other bands' song titles cleverly arranged to form rhymes. The other songs, however, are more compelling on an emotional level than much of Millencolin's older material. It's hard to listen to a song like "A Simple Twist Of Hate," with its sense of urgency and anger, and not feel affected in some way.
Beginning with Pennybridge Pioneers, Millencolin have been abandoning their earlier skate-punk leanings in favor of perfecting the art of the straightforward punk rock song, and with Kingwood, this metamorphosis is nearer to completion than ever. It may not topple Pennybridge Pioneers as their best work, but it's a far better foray into this new sound than Home From Home.
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