The Confusions - Being Young - Imported from Sweden by Listening Post Music.
The Confusions story
Many of you have already heard of the Confusions as their most recent CD, Trampoline wasfeatured on the welcome page of CDBABY in August. Being Young is their first CD...here's more on that...
Coming from the same neighbourhood in Sundsvall, The Confusions started in the early nineties more for the fun of it than some burning passion to become popstars. But it didn't take to long time until they realised that something was happening. They had something special, something that lifted the band above the average garagepopbands. As soon as this occurred to them, things started to happen.
Their first CD-EP "Split" was released in 1993 on Massproduktion. In 1994 they released "Forever EP" which contained "All dressed up", their first video. This laid-back tune got some attention from Swedish radio and TV and this steamed up the energy in the band.
The group developed very fast both as a group and songwriters. They released their first CD album "Being Young" in early 1995, produced by Arvid Lind of Popsicle, and it got great reviews from most of the Swedish press, "A Swedish superdebut", "Smart and glimmering popmelodies", "A band with great potential", "Tasty popcandys". The Confusions started early to receive attention outside the Swedish borders. The Japanese were the first to capitulate. They released "Being Young" in a special edition in 1995.
The cold winter of 1996 the band spent in the studio together with their new producer Peter Svensson, the guitarist and songwriter of The Cardigans. The first result of these recordings was the single "Steroid Hearts". A pretty rough, bluesy tune with a refrain sweet as honey. The full-length CD which got the title "Everyone's Invited" was released in May 1996 and was a big step forward from their debut. Now the band had the courage to broaden their musical horizon and experiment to a much greater extent. On top of this Tore Johanssons mix at Tambourine Studios added a third dimension to the band and Peters effort by his special touch.
Everyone's Invited - became something of a breakthrough for the band. The large Scandinavian eveningpaper Expressen called it "the poprecord of the year" and it was just the beginning. After a lot of attention from Swedish media they received quite a bit of attention through the European release of the album through German Clearspot label, topped with good reviews in Record Collector, Rolling Stone, Intro, Zillo and Melody Maker and MTV rotation of the single Steroid Hearts. The vinylsingle Steroid Hearts was released in the UK in September. Melody Maker wrote: "Stratospheres above Ocean Colour Scene, Northern Uproar.."
In February 1997 the band headlined a European tour as a follow up for the release of the EP - Cornflake King, a record which featured three new tracks. Along with them they had their new guitarist Lars BygdÈn, who added a slightly heavier touch to the popsongs. BygdÈn had just started the countryrockgroup The Thousand Dollar Playboys which would be widely acclaimed in Swedish press. The tour was mainly concentrated to Germany but also included successful shows in Vienna and London.
The rest of 1997 was spend writing songs, rehearsing and recording their third album - Six-O-Seven. Once again produced by Peter Svensson and this time recorded in Tambourine studios. Other nice events was the European release of their first album "Being Young" in October and that the video "Cornflake King" suddenly got rotation early 1998 on the French equivalent to MTV - MCM International.
Late 1997 Massproduktion and The Confusions signed a deal with Stockholm Records that released Six-O-Seven in May 1998. The single from the album - Raining Cigarettes showed that the band developed a lot both lyrically and musically. But as Stockholm Records was bought by Universal 10 band was kicked out. Among them â the Confusions â just weeks after the release of Six-O-Seven.
During the summer Lars BygdÈn left the band to concentrate on The $1000 Playboys. After trying several other guitarplayers they just realised they must try Henrik - their guitar-technician and former guitarist in the deathmetalband Unholy. And it worked great. So in July they did their first gig with Henrik Svensson.
IIn September 1998 their hometown Sundsvall was giving the honour of being "Popstad 1999" by the national radio P3 and The Confusions definitively did have part in that nomination.
The successful gig at Popstad 99 in February 99 was followed up by a two weeks tour of Sweden. The band once again showed that it was still growing as a liveband.
In early June 1999 The Confusions teamed up with friend and at this time co-producer Stefan Brisland-Ferner of Garmarna to record four songs at The Nevo Studio. This recording was mostly a soundsearch for the band where they tried out a lot of different recording techniques. The recordings are called "The Nevo Sessions" but no song from this recording has been commercially released yet, only some songs as mp3-files.
During the summer 1999 a new bassplayer joined the band. His name is Magnus Thorsell and he had earlier been a stand in with the band, but that was back in the fall 1992/early 1993, he also plays at The Confusions debut single "Split" released at Massproduktion 1993. Magnus Thorsell felt at home at the same time he "rejoined" the band and immediately contributed a lot of enthusiasm to the band.
In early fall 1999 The Confusions recorded a covertrack for the Massproduktion 20th anniversary album "We're Only In It For The Money". The song is called Possession and was originally written by the goth/synthband Dockhuset in the early 80's. This covertrack album was released in early January 2000.
In March 2000 The Confusions attended the "South By Southwest" conference in Austin, Texas, USA. The band was chosen as one out of ten Swedish bands that got the opportunity to go to the U.S. The band made a great liveshow and where approached by a lot of U.S. record industry people and listeners from the crowd that was real excited by the bands music. Some initial discussions started with a possible U.S. partner after the "SXSW" performance.
In the summer/fall 2000 The Confusions got an American management, based in Dallas. The Confusions went back to U.S. for a whole month in March 2001 where the band played live shows, meet producers and booking agencies. Among the highlights was an outstanding show in front of a 3000 people crowd two nights in a row at the "Spring Break Festival" at South Padre Island close to the Mexican border.
The band teamed up with a new producer Pontus Frisk (who have produced Andreas Johnson among others), in the summer 2001 and suddenly a lot of things did fall into place. The band and Pontus really found each other. But it was not util spring 2002 that he could squeeze in a recording with the Confusions in his tight schedule.
But the band spend the waiting for the producer with another exiting project - "The "Pilot" a show/performance together with Nordiaensemblen (an 11 piece classical ensemble), with special written material by the Confusions Mikael Andersson-Knut and the classical composer Fredrik H-gberg. A 50 minute performance, that premiered the 16th of November 2001 and did 10 well received shows.
During some hectic but magical weeks with Pontus during spring 2002 they recorded 12 songs that was to become the new album â Trampoline. The first single â The Pilot â have received a lot of airplay and the video to the song made it directly to place no 1 on MTVs Up North chart.
The album "Trampoline" fast became the most succsessful album yet by The Confusions. It has now been released in Scandinavia (Massproduktion), Japan (Egging/1977 Records), Taiwan (September Culture), United States (Listening-Post Music)and the single "The Pilot" has been released in France (Marc Music/Warner Music).
During 2003 the band had a hectic schedule, two times they traveled to Lonond/U.K, made a tour once again in the Baltic Region and played as the first Swedish band ever in Kaliningrad, Russsia.
Also check out the other Confusion's CD's - Trampoline and