Kashmir (DEN)

Back in the 1990s, Danish rock was a sorry sight indeed. The kingdom had developed a sudden crush for kitschy Europop, and no one spared a thought for the poor rock'n'roll lying in its sickbed. And perhaps that's how things would have stayed to this day, unless a certain Kasper Eistrup and his band Kashmir would have thought otherwise. This foursome with a name from a Led Zeppelin song title did not give up strumming their guitars even at the worst of times and persistently threw in flavourings of funk, rap and some heavy metal too. Their hard work finally culminated in the 1999 album The Good Life, considered by many as the cornerstone of Danish rock.

Having pulled rock out of its bad nick and given it healthy red cheeks again, Kashmir could go on with its musical expeditions. Sensitive to the spirit of the times, they opened their hearts to tender melancholy and swapped heavy guitars to delicately lucid atmosphere and slowly growing ballads. The result of this newly-found spirituality was the album Zitilites, and the world besides Denmark was ready to fall in love with Kashmir. The next album No Balance Palace brought along Lou Reed's and David Bowie's voices and a seventh heaven and a cloud nine for indie hipsters here and elsewhere. Denmark was finally forgiven for its Aquas, S.O.A.P.s and its other deadly sins.

A valuable piece of advice for those lucky ones heading for Kashmir's Ilosaarirock gig: take a friend along. Kashmir is a calm before the storm of tears.


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