• David Bentley

Korova Milkbar (Sweden) - 'Absolution' (single)


Korova Milkbar, now where have I come across that before? Oh yes, on one of those jaunts with Alex and the droogs, at that place where we went for a moloko vellocet or two after we saw off the old tramp in the Wandsworth underpass.


I wondered how long it would be before a band named themselves after a principal location in possibly the most controversial British film ever although I see that ‘Korova Milky Bar’ is the title of an album by Polish alternative rock band Myslovitz, which sounds like another concoction the Korova might have served up to thugs in white boiler suits, bowler hats and big eyelashes.


It actually happened a long time ago and evidently passed me by.


There’s always a sense of anticipation with songs like this. Alex was given sex and violence aversion therapy treatment to justify ‘Absolution’ so I half-expected the song to follow a Clockwork Orange plot. But there’s no Beethoven or Purcell here, more like Johnny Rotten and Alice Cooper. And with straight to the point, no faffing about lyrics:


“I wanna be a better human/I wanna see what you can do/I never wished to live forever/I just wanna be with you.” Alles klar?


Having said that the vocalist, Patrik Söderberg, sings it out seemingly in tongues for the last 15 seconds. I’ve no idea what he’s banging on about, perhaps he needs an exorcist.


There isn’t a great deal of information about Korova Milkbar on their website or socials, only that they are “a Swedish protopunk/psych unit” founded in Stockholm in 1982 and ever since that “they have been following the Great Pathway, as of this date they've released seven albums (I count eight on their website)and toured extensively all over Northern Europe.” Looking at their main image they do look like they’ve been around the block a few times but they’ll be happy in the knowledge that they’ve outlived most of their peers and they’re still churning out some pretty good head bashing proto whatever.

Korova Milkbar are:

PATRIK SÖDERBERG - LEAD VOCALS & GUITAR

HÅKAN FISCHER - BASS GUITAR

JÖRGEN BERGMAN - DRUMS & VOCALS

JAN LILJA - GUITARS, KEYBOARDS & VOCALS


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