on the mend

”On The Mend – The Challenge” – ett unikt globalt musiksamarbete mot cancer. Vi har samlat musiker och artister med olika bakgrund och från olika länder för att tillsammans skapa musik. Låtarna kommer att släppas allt eftersom de blir klara och ett album – på vinyl – släpps senare i höst. Under 2016 planeras en rad spelningar, håll utkik här och på vår facebooksida för tid och plats. 

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the challenge – second single

Featuring:  Camilla Nordgren (On The Mend Band), Jeannete Haglund (On The Mend Band), Paul Alcock (Monkeyface), Bjørn Johansen (Inculcado), Evan Younger (Miracles of Modern Science), Erlend Fauske, Pelle Henriksson (Tonteknik, On The Mend Band), Mats Johansson (On The Mend Band)
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This rendition of Foo Fighters ”On The Mend” is based on Erlend Fauskes beautiful instrumental version of the song. Erlend sent us the tracks from his studio in Bergen, Norway, and we made a quick remix with space for vocals. Then we sent a mixed mp3 to USA, UK and Norway again. In USA, Miracles Of Modern Science’s Evan Younger added some vocals. So did Paul Alcock of Monkeyface in Gloucester UK and Bjørn Morten Johansen of Inculcado in Fauske Norway.

When we got all the song tracks and videos from these nice guys we added some vocals from Jeanette Haglund and Camilla Nordgren and Pelle Henricsson (the producer) added some acoustic drums at the end of the song and I (Mats Johansson) added some electric bass, also at the end of the song. We also compiled a video from the videos we got from the singers, from some of Erlends videos and some videos we filmed ourselves. This is a new version of that video.

So this song is truly an international co-production. One that Erlend felt excited about. Sadly Erlend never got to hear the finished song as he passed away in cancer on november 18th, 2015. Although I never met him I feel that he was such a good person. We had some nice email conversations and I was really looking forward to meeting him.

I hope this project and album will be a big success and that we can raise a lot of money to donate to the fight against cancer. To name the project ”On The Mend” was my talented cousin Pär Östman’s idea. He is the one behind all graphics and merchandise for the project.
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A track from the upcoming album "On The Mend - The Challenge" - a global music project against cancer.

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On The Mend med Göran Pettersson och 2 andra.

Ojämnt underlag - teaser & presentation
Ojämnt underlag - teaser & presentation, by Rubberfox/Gummiräven
"For those whose lives runs outside the main path."
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Into My Life - Monkeyface, teaser & presentation
Into My Life - Monkeyface, teaser & presentation, by Monkeyface
”The Monkeyface involvement with On The Mend was through a series of complete coincidences! We were first in contact with the On The Mend project in 2015, as we had a charity single out in the UK for a project called ‘The Knock On Effect’, which was also raising funds in the fight against cancer. Our lead singer, Paul, was friends with Camilla’s sister. Paul also works for the SevernFM radio station in the UK, and offered to play ‘Another Round’ which was a song taken from the 2015 project, and which was sung by Camilla.

As a result of all of this, when we heard that On The Mend was running another project in 2016, Monkeyface offered to help out in any way we could. The result of all of those events, is ‘Into My Life’.

Paul wrote the song, taking inspiration from the Foo Fighters theme from last year and set out to write a song that had the feel of a true Foo’s song. The result is a piece of brilliance from Pelle Henricsson, that combines a driving Foo’s style riff, with some crashing Brit-Rock touches. The 3-part harmonies in the chorus added a touch of the ‘swinging 60’s’ to the whole mix. The song has been described as being ‘like the Sex Pistols got together with the Beatles and had a baby’.

We are so proud to be part of a project which is raising funds in the fight against this awful illness. Our first single ‘You’re Amazing’ was written about an incredible young girl in the UK, Rosie Kilburn, who tragically died of cancer, aged just 17. She was a fighter, and never gave up. She set up ‘The Knock On Effect’ in order to do something positive, and to raise funds and awareness. On The Mend is carrying on with that incredible fight and we are so pleased to have been able to contribute. Mats, and the rest of the team have been an inspiration to us during our time in Sweden. To Mats, Camilla, Senada, Pelle and everybody else that we met and worked with in Umea, love, respect and peace. Let’s show cancer who’s boss.

Paul A, Tim, Julian, Ben and Paul H”
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