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Guttural Shock

by Kra

Ska meets Gamelan, Balkan rhythms and Finnish Kantele music.
Genre: World: Balkan
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1. Tribal Pursuit
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2. Paha Korv
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3. Rosa Moln
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4. Retrospectrum
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5. Pulau Gempa Bumi
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6. The Vampire Waltz
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Album Notes
The Kra Story


The name Kra was invented by Hans Sandvall,
who also played Rommelpot on the first Kra 45 rpm single.

The first single was the result of a composition
competition in the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation, YLE
in the autumn of 1979. The group with the new name Kra won
and thus were allowed a day (!) in a 4-track studio to cut AND mix their
first single.

Since the first single got quite a lot of airplay, Reijo Lainela
and Stäni Steinbock decided to record another single, with one song by each of them,
and when that single too was successful, a third one, also with one Reijo side
and one Stäni side.

After that, Kra felt ready for an LP album, which was recorded in
1984, the same year Kra was seen on national TV in Finland for the first time.

The LP "Doing The Impossibull" was elected "The LP of the year" by
[The Finnish Broadcasting Company] YLE and freelance journalist Mikael Wiik,
and also got quite a lot of airplay, especially in Finland.

Now it was Kra's drummer's Lasse Lundbom's turn to take an initiative
for the next single, because "La Balena" was his composition. On the other side
of the single (Kra never called their single sides "A" or "B" since they always
felt both sides contained their best material) was "Dragon Train" by Stäni Steinbock.

Soon after that Lasse left Kra, but with a new drummer,
Robert Persson, and a new bassist, Jaïr-Rôhm Wells, Kra cut a new LP album "Still Going Sproing"

KRA performed once again on Finnish National TV, and on Swedish Radio in a Live broadcast,
but after that Stäni Steinbock, who had been threatened with a revolver in hi ear, on his job as a
taxi driver in Stockholm, Sweden, got a job offer he couldn't refuse: Sound Designer for a
municipal theatre in the city of Vaasa, Finland.

This job effectively stopped him from keeping Kra active, so during the 11 years he
served there, Kra was put on ice.

In the year 2000, though, it was time for a 20-year celebration, so Stäni and Reijo wrote some
new material for a 20-year anniversary celebration single, which by then had got the
meaning of "a CD with less than 20 minutes of sound on it".

Thus started a bit of a new lease of life for Kra, who also performed the
new Lainela-Steinbock song "Tribal Pursuit" on Finnish National TV, and soon afterwards were
invited by the YLE to use their studio and the same producer, Calle Lindholm, who
produced their first single, for recording their new sub-20-minute CD,
christened by Reijo to "Guttural Shock".

It is now, dear internet surfers, this very CD that's for sale on CD Baby, and
we absolutely agree with the people who call it the best we've ever done, so
why not have a listen and BUY THE CD!! NOW!! Or preferably Immediately!
And without delay! Come on, come on, come on! Buy our CD!

Musicians on Guttural Shock:

Reijo Lainela: Guitars, Gongs, Bonang, Slenthem
Stäni Steinbock: Bass, Guitar
Jonte Knif: Krummhorn, Recorder, Hammer Dulcimer, Clarinet
Ville Kervinen: Trumpet
Ville Nissinen: Trombone
Antti Lauronen: Saxophone
Aarne Riikonen: Drums (tracks 1-2)
Lasse Lundbom: Drums (tracks 3-4) Bonang on Rosa Moln
Ilias Missyris: Baglama on Tribal Pursuit
Thomas Bergman: Musical Saw on Tribal Pursuit and Rosa Moln

Producer: Calle Lindholm
Engineer: Antti Pohjola

Bonus track credits:

Pulau Gempa Bumi:
Poppy Purwanti: Vocals
Reijo Lainela: Gangsan kantilan, Kendang jaipongan, Rebab
Stäni Steinbock: 5-stringed Kantele, Slide Guitar, Keyboards

The Vampire Waltz:

Stäni Steinbock: Bass, Mandolin
John Johansson: Classical guitar
Elisabeth Wiedersheim-Paul: Keyboards
Lena Ekman: Recorder
Wincent Högberg: Percussion

What? Wanna know who else has played on Kra's records?

OK, here goes:
Reijo Lainela (Mandolin etc etc etc)
Stäni Steinbock (Guitar, Bass etc. etc. etc.)
Petra Aminoff (flute, recorder),
Irma Sandrén (Cello),
Tom Kråkström (Chinese Knackwurst, percussion),
Jukka Haikonen (5-string Banjo, Electric piano from the East Block)
Derrick Frilund (Analog Synthesizer - that's REAL analog for you virtual analog-weaned surfers!)
Janne Tapper (Violin)
Hans Sandvall (Rommelpot, percussion)
Björn Hällström (Bass Clarinet, Flute)
Jan "Strumpan" Strömberg" (Tuba)
Lasse Lundbom (Drums)
Mats Gunnarsson (Saxophone)
Anders Norrhage (Bass)
John Johansson (Ridimn Guitar)
Manfred Wagner (Congas, Washboard)
Ralf Nygård (Soprano Sax, Bass clarinet)
Susanna Tollet (Recorder)
Håkan Olsson (Violin)
P.J. Wide (of Trance Dance fame) (Keyboards)
Helen Zetterholm (Zampoñas)
Peter Antonsson (Flugelhorn)
Lauri Antila (Double bass)
Anders Thidell (Explosive Guitar) Yes, THE Anders Thidell of True Temperament fretboards!

Kajsa Hallhagen (Recorder)
Ralf Hansen (Clarinet)
Gunnar Burlin (Clarinet)
Ulf Nyback (Alto Saxophone)
Henric Sjögren (Trombone)
Anette Strand (Vocals)
Tina Eriksson (Vocals)
Leon Knibbs (Congas)
Thomas Wiedersheim-Paul (Scatting, Harpsichord)
Ben Marlene, Trance Dance founder & main vocalist (Piano)
Mats Jansson (Nowadays Adamczak) (Melodic Bass Guitar)

Christian Preibsch (Flute, Recorder)
Robert Persson (Drums)
Peter Hellsten (Trumpet)
Joakim Sjöroos (Trombone)
Helena Nilsson (Cello)
Bo Eriksson (Cello)
Tippa (Dog Vocals) (see picture on Still Going Sproing inner sleeve!)
Frippe Wenelius (Vocals)
Tomas Haldin (Drums, Percussion, Keyboards) - Frippe and Tomas also were founding members of Dreadline!

Jonte Knif (Krummhorn, Hammered Dulcimer, Clarinet, Recorder)
Ville Kervinen (Trumpet)
Ville Nissinen (Trombone)
Antti Lauronen (Saxophone)
Aarne Riikonen (Drums)
Ilias Missyris (Baglama)
Thomas Bergman [1962 - 2009] (Musical Saw) - he's the one who built Stani Steinbock's first two kanteles!
Poppy Purwanti (Vocals)
Tebasile Wiedersheim-Paul (Keyboards)
Lena Ekman (Recorder)
Wincent Högberg (Percussion)
Yves Demoulin (Bass)
Solveig Karlsson a.k.a Solveig Tuohisaari / Solveig Tomasfolk (Accordeon)

That's it, folks!

But wait! There's more!

Who played in our TV-shows? Are you sure you want to know?
OK, except for some of the same people as on our records, we've had the following
musicians with us on TV:

Grisu Nordberg (Alto Saxophone)
Pasi Ilkka (Bass) - Pasi also played several live gigs with Kra!
Ahti Marja-Aho (Violin, Keyboards)
Uolevi Högström (Marimba)
Esa Lindholm (Washboard)
Antti Riikonen (Aarne's dad) (Drums)
Mikael -something (Trumpet)
-??????- (Saxophone)

Jukka Ollikka (Cello)

Well, I hear you ask, were there any people who played Live with Kra, but never on record or TV?

Saskia Holmkvist (recorder)
Kajan (surname unknown at the moment) (Saxophone)
Kari Ljungqvist (Harmonica)
Vilppu Kiljunen (Violin)
Stephan Kemetter (Violin)
Micke Renlund (Ryddym Guitar)
Johan Hedtjärn (Rhidim Guitar)
Michael Neumann (Flute)
Ronny Andersson (Trombone)
Jyri Hiltunen (Guest Guitarist)
Sigge "Stardust" (Percussion)
Fredrik Borg (Guitar)
Kirsi Eklund (Cymbal)
Tom Salomonsen (Guitar)
Suvi Aho (whose name means "Summer Meadow" in English) (Trumpet)
Daniela Lainela (Indonesian percussion)
Billey Shamrock (Analog synthesizer)
and then there was this Swedish celloist who also played hockey, whose name I can't remember.
He played only one gig with us.

If you ever played a gig with us, and can't find your name here, and want it here,
please contact Stäni Steinbock.

Other "interesting"facts:

The smallest format Kra has appeared as is as a duo: Reijo and Stäni.
This Duo played once in Ekenäs, Finland, and once at the Nook Cafe, Penny Lane,
Liverpool England (Reijo & Stäni are Beatle fans).

The Biggest Kra ever was at the Faces Festival in Billnäs, Finland in 2002
When we were ten people: Reijo, Poppy, Daniela, Jonte, Aarne, Ville Nissinen,
Antti Lauronen, Suvi Aho and Stäni Steinbock - no, that's just nine ?

Well, on TV in 2000 there were: Reijo, Poppy, Jonte, Ilias, Thomas Bergman, Aarne, Ville Kervinen,
Mikael, Stäni, and this Saxophonist whose name escapes me. That's ten little Kra people!

And please remember: Krasjiva means "Beautiful" in Russian but "Kra record" in



to write a review

Edward Burke, a College DJ in VT USA

Genres? Who needs 'em?
Kra is without a doubt the most varied and eclectic band I have ever heard, second only and comparable state-side to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The album's sound is an overall mysterious and spicy blend of 2 cups of of ska, a dash of klezmer, a teaspoon of Vaudville, a cup of Indonesian percussion, and a musical saw to garnish. "Gutteral Shock" is certainly a potent musical dish, and I would encourage you guys to sample a bit of this. "Rosa Moln" and "Paha Korv" definately stand out, yet all of the tracks are worth listening to, for they each sound different their predecescor. (The Flecktones' new album "Little Worlds" has this going for it to). I gaurentee that after a heaping helping of "Gutteral Shock", no one will be going home hungary. You'll be going home Finland, get it?

Tomas Karlsson

This Is Music from Another Planet
Kra had a lot of members through the years that they were active ( see above). I wish that I had been one of them – playing with Kra would certainly have been one of the most memorable musical experiences of my life ( and there have been many!)…

When I heard Kra for the first time my first thoughts were
- “What is this?”
- “I have never heard anything like this in my life.”
- “Where does this music come from?”
- “This music is from another planet.”

How do you describe their music? Eclectic, progressive ( am I even allowed to say “hippie”?), eccentric arrangements/ orchestrations, exotic instruments, world music ( definitely), great compositions, great musicians and very different/ original music ( in a very good way).

Kra are extremely original, but of course they have their influences. What have these guys listened to ( maybe)? Classical music, Balkan music, Frank Zappa, reggae ( or its predecessor ska)…

My favorite track on this album is definitely #1 – “Tribal Pursuit”. A lovely catchy melody that makes you want to get up and dance. This is the most Finnish- sounding track on the album – kind of “Pekka Pohjola meets Frank Zappa.
#2 – “Paha Korv” ( “Bad Sausage”) features vocals in Swedish. The message of the song is basically “more fat and calories”. This song is also very upbeat and danceable.
I also like #3 – “Rosa Moln” ( “Pink Clouds”) very much. The reggae influences are very present on this track or actually on all the first three tracks – in one way or another. This piece has a very lyrical melody and nice interaction between the recorder, the guitar and the horns.
Another favorite is #4 – “Retrospectrum”. An enchanting and hypnotic Middle Eastern- flavored melody that would be just perfect for snake-charming. It is very relaxing to listen to – a human being could just as easily as a snake fall into a trance from listening to it…
I also like #6 – “The Vampire Waltz” very much. The melody is very lyrical, it definitely tells a story and you can only sit back, enjoy, daydream and imagine yourself what that story might be, because there are no words.

I like the horns on this album a lot. I also like the sound of the musical saw, a sound too seldom heard – absolutely wonderful! I also love the organic sound of the band – you can tell that everything is played by real, living musicians and not sequenced.

Highly recommended! You will never have heard music like this! I simply can’t find words to describe Kra’s music – it has to be heard!

Tom "Tearaway" Schulte / Perfect Sound Forever

The music combines all this into something exotic, but more equatorial than arct
Stäni Steinbock and collaborator Reijo Lainela started Kra in 1980. The group's name comes from the raft used by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. The music by the long-lived Finnish group from the Swedish culture of the contested Åland islands is also adventurous. Stäni has done theatric kantele music and Reijo founded Gamelan Hanuman, perhaps the only gamelan in Finland. The music combines all this into something exotic, but more equatorial than arctic, but embracing the charm of traditional Nordic music. The group uses little of the instrumentation (fiddles, accordion, etc.) that has come to characterize the folk revival from that part of the world. In this music, guitar, drums and a horn section are occasionally adorned with musical saw, recorder and more, including gamelan instrumentation, for a feel that could be ska meets the East. (4)