Träd Gräs och Stenar :: I Can’t Get No Satisfaction
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In their native Swedish, Träd Gräs och Stenar translates to ‘Trees, Grass, and Stones,’ and the communal psych jammers never hesitated to emphasize the third part of their moniker. The band’s reading of “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” from their 1970 debut isn’t so much a cover as it is a transfiguration—the angsty pean to teenage boredom shifting and morphing entirely into an primeval, elemental dance of the midnight sun. Jettisoning verse and lyric in favor of riff and holler, Träd Gräs och Stenar unleash an eleven-minute whorl of pounding, metronomic drums and panning guitars covered in thick mosses of fuzz. Building to fevered, delirious heights, the band is held in the sanctity of their own glorious maelstrom.

Träd Gräs och Stenar :: I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Prior to the release of their first album, Träd Gräs och Stenar had been playing underground happenings for years in various incarnations—first as the mighty Pärson Sound collective, then as an extension of the International Harvester commune and, finally Harvester. After paring down to a quartet, the band hit the road and spent the early 1970s roving the Swedish countryside on the outdoor festival circuit. Hopped up on volume, fuzz boxes, and minimalism, the band’s penchant for expansive, freewheeling improvisations made them ambassadors of the fledgling Swedish ‘Progg’ scene, a mantle they carried into the 21st century before reincarnating, yet again, into their current iteration as Träden.

Mere months before their first album landed, Träd Gräs och Stenar opened Gärdet, Sweden’s first alternative outdoor music festival, held in a large field outside Stockholm. Since the organizers (including the band) hadn’t obtained any permits to use the festival grounds, the entire three-day gathering was basically illegal. After heated day-of negotiations with police to allow the festival to go on, Träd Gräs och Stenar took the stage and ripped through a set that served as a peaceable middle finger to the powers that be. Though the band would soon come to favor “The Last Time” as their go-to Stones excursion, they blasted the throngs at Gärdet with a frenetic “Satisfaction” that remains their only live recording of the song to date. It’s a wild and wooly cosmic stomp, graciously preserved to melt the minds of posterity on the double-live behemoth Gärdet 12.6.70. | j annis

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