We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Satan Takes A Holiday’s new music video for their song “Good Cop Bad Cop” (watch it below). The track is taken from the band’s latest album Aliens, which is available now through Despotz Records. You can purchase the album here: CD | LP | iTunes
Regarding the video, the band commented:
“The director (Daniel Bäckström) approached us with a script for the video to the song “Good Cop Bad Cop” and it was obvious to us that he not only understood the very premise of the lyrics, but also that had a clear vision of how he was going to put images to our lyrics and music. We are very excited about the result and thankful to have had the chance to work with both Daniel and actress Sanna Bråding, who plays the lead in this video brilliantly.”
The band continued about the song:
“‘Good Cop Bad Cop’ is an attempt to put words and music to an inner dialogue. The dialogue that often ignites, explodes and grows into new, dark forms. The dialogue that is defined by anxiety, frustration, self-pity and narcissism. The song deals with the feeling of duality, the feeling of being in a perpetual struggle between reason and chaos, the schizophrenic oscillation between ones demons and better angels.”
Like a bat shot straight out of hell or a kick in the gut when you’re already down – addictive, in-your-face, rough, tough, ironic and dead serious, all at once – Satan Takes A Holiday grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go until you’re gasping for air.
Satan Takes A Holiday became the talk of the Swedish music scene in 2009 when they released their self-titled debut album and garnered a nomination for the Best Rock category at the Swedish P3 Guild Awards on the back of their singles “Missy” and “Heartbreaker” receiving an astonishing amount of airplay for a brand new band. “This was a great time for us and it served us a lot of incredible chances and moments, such as meeting long-time-favourites the Specials and Juliette Lewis and playing the biggest stages on festivals in front of crowds of thousands,” says guitarist/vocalist Fred Burman. “Also to have people screaming back the lyrics to the songs that just gotten airplay was amazing. It all happened really fast and we had a blast.”
The band’s sophomore effort, Who Do You Voodoo was released in 2012 with the album’s lead single, “”Karma Babe” being voted into Sweden’s National Radio “Hall of Fame” by their listeners.
November 2014 saw the release of their third full length album, Animal Man Woman, which was recorded and produced by Stefan Brandstrom at Dustward Studios. The album sees the band bringing back the energy of their debut, albeit with some solid growth in the songwriting department. Following the album’s release, drummer Svante Nordstrom departed the band, replaced by Danne McKenzie (Truckfighters, Mustasch), which gave the trio a much needed shot in the arm.
August of 2016 saw Satan Takes A Holiday sign with Despotz Records as they prepared for the release of their fourth effort, Aliens. Essentially an album that deals with alienation, anxiety and powerlessness – feeling out of place in contemporary culture, in social contexts as well as in oneself – Aliens leaves you standing in the center of the present only to be asking: ’how the hell did this happen!?’
Sonically and lyrically, the album is steeped in frustration and anger. Kicking off with “Good Cop Bad Cop,” the album winds through a myriad of confused emotions as you tear into first single, “The Beat,” (“about battling with social anxiety. This is something I’ve done in several songs and in this one it’s in a frustrated tone. Like, this is what’s going on inside my head all the time, the constant fighting with this invisible passenger that never leaves my side and the feeling that most people you meet would never understand and that makes me hate them all a little.”), the manic coming-undone-story of “Ladder to Climb” and the somewhat awkward “Queen Mother” (“a really personal lyric about having to deal with tragedy in a family. How an environment you believed was safe can quickly get torn apart by an alien entity – in this case a terminal illness – this was where the album title came from. Grief can eat its way through any relationship you thought was solid. It’s also a plea to my mother in the choruses “But there’s love, much love – so come on”. Heavy shit.) which, all – in their own way – deal with inner and outer demons. To suffocate or let loose, to struggle or to cave, to fight or to give in. In songs like “Iron Pipe,” “Wrinklay” and “Born at Night” the band turns outward and comments – by way of their peculiar blend of humor and sincerity – on topics ranging from right wing populism to filter bubbles and tunnel vision. With “Get You Girl,” (the meaning of the title line, ‘I never get you girl,’ for me is ‘I never understand you, girl but I want you, girl.’ That’s pretty much it – I don’t get you at all, but I love it.) “More Is More,” “Love Me Like I Love Me,” (“I realize I will never be the man you want to end up with, but here I am making my case as to why I’m good enough. And if that’s not sufficient can you pretend I’m someone else? ”Want me like I’m someone else”) and the classic Beatles cover “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?” (“I love and have always loved the Beatles and this one has always been like the blueprint for my vocal style. Paul is one of my heroes and he really rocks this one. And it’s sexy and outrageous!), new and old fans of the band will get their fill of STAH’s vintage mix of cockiness, self-deprecation and sarcasm. As for the band’s use of sarcasm, Burman says, “It has just always been part of our way of communicating lyrically, I think. It comes naturally.”
With their mix of rock’n’roll, 60s garage and 70s groove, Satan Takes A Holiday are seen as one of the best live bands in Sweden. The band are regulars at festivals, as well as having been on stints with Mustasch and Juliette Lewis, an extensive European tour with Nicke Andersson’s Imperial State Electric and in 2013 they supported living legends KISS at Sweden’s new national arena in front of an audience of 30,000 people. Frontman Burman offers up an explanation as to what makes the band such a draw in the live arena and it’s very simple: “I think it’s a mix of charisma, an explosive energy and a pure love for the stage. We’re not hiding behind a ‘tough attitude,’ we’re happy to be there and won’t take no for an answer.”
Aliens is the band’s most complex, introspective and dynamic release to date. It is a quintessential Satan Takes A Holiday album with added tension and nerve – as always delivered with truly unstoppable and immediate energy.