Swedish psychedelic stoner/doom metal outfit Gaupa sign with Nuclear Blast Records
Photos by George Grigoriadis
Swedish psychedelic stoner/doom metal outfit Gaupa has signed with Nuclear Blast Records.
The band comments: “We’re all still nurturing dreams of working more with our music and playing larger shows. One could argue that it would be time to shake those dreams and grow up. We don’t. If you’re doing something you love, keep going! We are beyond humbled to find ourselves among the giants and we’re very happy to announce our signing with Nuclear Blast!
Today is also celebrated with the release of a live version of »Mjölksyra« from 2020 – have a listen at:
Gaupa (lynx in Swedish) is a female fronted rock band from Falun, Sweden. With surreal lyrics, an energetic singer, and a sound of progressive stoner rock with doom/folk/psychedelic influences, they released their debut EP in June 2018 and have already established an international name on the underground scene. »Gaupa« – their self-titled debut EP – was well received and the band did one of their first performances on Scandinavia’s biggest rock festival, Sweden Rock, and have been aired on different radio shows all over the world. Gaupa signed with german label Kozmik Artifactz and released the EP on vinyl in October 2019.
Gaupa had a busy 2018/2019 with playing at different festivals and venues. Critics seemed not only impressed by the studio recordings and diverse arrangements but also by the level of intensity displayed live. The talk in between songs are kept to a minimum and the tension are soon to be broken by another screeching guitar feedback delivered together with hair swung in fanatic synchronisation. Gaupa seem to leave their audiences both in astonishment and with a good sense of ache in their necks.
In April 2020, Gaupa followed up to release their first full-length album »Feberdröm« gaining even more attention both from the underground scene, as well as from Nuclear Blast Records. Jens Prueter, head of A&R Nuclear Blast Records Europe: “While most newcomer bands struggled during the Corona pandemic, Gaupa managed to grow by quality. Their unique sound hasn’t remained unnoticed and word by mouth spread fast. Once we saw their live stream show and had some video conferences, we knew they would sit well in an artist roster of Graveyard, Opeth, Earthless and Meshuggah who appeared to be some of their favorite bands, even if Gaupa isn’t very metal at all. But it’s that attitude to tear down boundaries between genres – just for the sake of art. We are proud to welcome them in good company.”
The band is entering the studio again in Fall 2021 to work on the second full length album for a 2022 release.
Jimmy Hurtig – Drums
Erik Sävström – Bass
Daniel Nygren – Guitars
David Rosberg – Guitars
Emma Näslund – Vocals
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well