Monday, 11 January 2016

Haertz "Them Jokes" featuring Kim Fransson (Free Fall) & Martin Hederos (The Soundtrack of Our Lives)

Martin Hederos in Atlantis Studios - Photo by Sören Carlsson
Here's a little P.S. to my recent feature on what the ex-members of The Soundtrack of Our Lives are up to these days. "Them Jokes" by Haertz is a one-off collaboration that started off as the brainchild of Producer & Lyricist Daniel Haeggström who was to secure the talents of Kim Fransson and Martin Hederos. Kim is the lead singer with Free Fall, the band formed by TSOOL guitarist Mattias Bärjed along with his ex-Nymphet Noodlers colleague and bassist Jan Martens and drummer Ludwig Dahlberg from The (International) Noise Conspiracy. Of course Martin Hederos will be well known to fans of Soundtrack of Our Lives but also as a hugely respected and in demand keyboard player, arranger and composer, having worked with such diverse acts as Tonbruket, Ane Brun, Nina Persson and most recently Sofia Karlsson, among many others. "Them Jokes" was an idea that was to take three years to complete as Daniel wanted only the best musicians, the best studio and the best mixing and mastering that he could find to fully realize the sound he wanted to achieve.

Haertz in Atlantis Studios - Photo by Janne Hansson
The track was recorded in Stockholm's legendary Atlantis studio which has hosted sessions from pretty much every notable Swedish band and artist from Cornelis Vreeswijk, Jerry Williams, Lill Lindfors and Abba to The Hives, The Cardigans, Teddybears and Lykke Li. You can read more about the history of Atlantis studio here. Daniel, Kim and Martin were joined in the studio by Robert Eriksson on drums, Heikki Kiviaho on bass, Hannu Kiviaho and Sören Carlsson on guitars with the Stockholm Strings and additional contributions from Linn Segolson and Calle Olsson. 

Martin Hederos in Atlantis Studios - Photo by Sören Carlsson
You can download "Them Jokes" from Spotify and iTunes and get more information on the background of the song at the Haertz Facebook page. Photos courtesy of Daniel Haeggström.

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