Sweden - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 15 - 01/12/98
The Bear Quartet
West Side Fabrication
Mattias Alkberg is a poet who lives in Luleå, Norrbotten. A place where
polar-bears roam the streets and penguins are the most common bird (well,
not really - but almost). People from this isolated place, far, far north,
are very silent and do not speak unless spoken to. Many great bands come
from this place or neighboring cities, for example Fireside, Meshuggah,
Him Kerosone or Cobolt to name but a few.
In one of the most peculiar, Mattias Alkberg is the vocalist and he also
writes the lyrics. The name of this band is The Bear Quartet, and they
have been around since 1989. They have made 6 albums so far, plus some
EPs and collections.
The line-up is Jari Haapalainen on guitar, Jejo Perkovic on drums, Mattias
Alkberg plays the guitar and sings (as mentioned), and Peter Nouttaniemi
plays the bass guitar. Their latest release is called Moby Dick and the
four guys have managed to make a brilliant album. It has some extremely
good tunes and nice lyrics, already called a Swedish classic by at least 5
So, what do they sound like? Well, take one dose traditional guitar-rock,
add some country and top it off with a little soul. There you have it.
Don't forget to spice it with great, powerful songs. Serve with cold beer
and reindeer-meat and end up with the best kept secret of the Swedish
Copyright © 1997 Erik Starck