Satan Takes A Holiday
Addictive, straightforward, tough, ironic and dead serious. All at once. Satan Takes A Holiday grabs you by the neck and doesn't let go until you shake your butt to the point of beverage spill. With their mix of rock’n'roll, 60’s garage and 70’s groove as well as a clear love for the darker sides of modern pop Satan Takes A Holiday will make you move, and then move some more.
Playing shows and touring with the likes of Kiss, the Sonics, Mustasch, Juliette Lewis, Backyard Babies and Imperial State Electric Satan Takes A Holiday is now firmly held as one of the best live bands in Sweden and a fixture at festivals and venues around Europe.
The new album - A New Sensation (2019)
After rigorously touring on the back of Aliens (2017) the band set aside the spring and summer of 2018 to conceptualize and write the fifth album, this time with both new and old friends and collaborators such as Patrik Berger, Royal Blood and Exit Electric.
Songs that formed the basis of the album were naturally steeped in the intensity of the bands notorious live performance, but this time alongside a reinvented simplicity and a broader palette of sounds and themes. Satan Takes A Holiday has always been about audacity, humour and energy, but within this framework there must be dancing of feet, shaking of derrieres, nodding of noggins and sexy moves all around.
Like previous albums, A New Sensation deals with themes both big and small by way of the bands peculiar mixture of humour and candour. While Aliens was more of a look inwards, A New Sensation deals primarily with the shock of the new. Old and new power structures, old and new angers, old and new fears, old and new men - all being challenged, questioned and made fun of.
Recorded in the Dustward, yet again with the band’s by now go-to producer Stefan Brändström, STAH’s fifth album is a tremendous show of confidence. This is a more mature Satan Takes A Holiday. More fearless than ever before. No holds barred. All high stakes.
Satan Takes A Holiday became the talk of the town when they released their self-titled debut album late 2009. A week later they were nominated in the Best Rock category at the swedish P3 Guld Awards, and the singles Missy and Heartbreaker were played regularly on the radio.
Who Do You Voodoo
STAH’s sophomore album Who Do You Voodoo was released March 2012 in Sweden, preceded by the single Karma Babe (voted into the national radio station’s ”Hall of Fame” by the listeners). Two more singles off Who Do You Voodoo were picked up by Swedish radio.
Animal Man Woman
In November 2014 Animal Man Woman – Satan Takes A Holiday’s third full length album – was released. Recorded and produced by Stefan Brändström in The Dustward Studio, it marked a return to the energy of the debut album yet with songwriting notably elevated and a sound more indicative of a twisted interpretation of 70’s garage. A cocky, fast and grooving album.
High on the inspiration from new drummer Danne McKenzie and exhaustive touring on the back of Animal Man Woman, work on new material started and in September of 2015 production got underway on what would ultimately become Satan Takes A Holiday’s fourth album - Aliens. Following the course set by the previous album, the sound was developing even further. The album also dealt with different and more introspective themes than before.
In August 2016 the band signed to Despotz Records, a label with creative solutions and a sharp sense and relationship to the business today together with a distinct commitment to the artists visions. Despotz proved a perfect partner for STAH as the release of Aliens in February 2017 bore plenty of fruit - two singles on rotation on Swedish national radio as well as plenty of international radio stations following suit and the band’s music can be heard on TV shows Gotham (Fox) and Midnight Sun(Canal+). The collaboration also produced three videos with the level of quality, quirk and charisma we’ve now come to expect from the band.
Videos & Tracks
Johannes Lindsjöö [bass]
Fred Burman [guitar and lead vocals]
Danne McKenzie [drums]
"Come Over" 2008 (7", EP)
"Satan Takes A Holiday" 2009 (CD/LP)
"Who Do You Voodoo" 2012 (CD/LP)
"Animal Man Woman" 2014 (LP)
"Aliens" 2017 (CD/LP)