Baskery: Blistering banjo punk

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By: Tim Newby

Band: Baskery (Official Webpage)

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Members:  Greta Bondesson (guitar, banjo, drums, harmonica, vocals), Stella Bondesson (bass, vocals), Sunniva Bondesson (acoustic/electric guitars, cello, vocals)

Sounds Like: Blistering banjo punk with shimmering vocal harmonies.

For Fans Of: Dustbowl Revival, Head & the Heart, Shovels & Rope

Bio:  The three sisters of Baskery can’t recall when or why they started playing, it has always just been there, as an occupation, as a distraction and mostly, as a conviction.  The three sisters declare, “Performing live has become the most natural thing to us.”  In their late teens the sisters joined forces with their dad, who was a one-man-band who played old blues and country songs for a living, and got introduced to the music business in a quite unglamorous way.  The Bondesson’s explain, “We played cover songs for drunk people, but we never played songs we didn’t like just to please the crowd.”  This foundation of early “roots music and Americana” settled in their hearts, but also awoke the urge of breaking the rules of traditional music.  Baskery is all about turning the music on its head, blending the straightforwardness of punk with the subtlety of singer/songwriting.

Albums: Fall Among Thieves (2009), New Friends (2011), Little Wild Life (2013)

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