Pictured above, a Göteborg trio bursting
Per Westling - Vocal & Guitars (right)
Johan Håkansson - Drums & Vocal (middle)
Nikke Ström - Bass (left)
For several years Per 'Flamman' Westling has been
one of my guitar heroes on the Göteborg live scene. Following
him around from stage to stage, admiring his spirited six string work
with very disparate outfits you notice the two assets making him a most
coveted sideman: Versatility & Talent.
I have regularly seen Per with
(also feat. Johan) - an acerbic yet charming singer/songwriter with a
number of impressive CD's to his credit.
The BOB (also
feat. Johan & Nikke) - a Bob Dylan tribute band effectively transcending
the cover band trap.
Wife (also feat. Johan & Nikke) - fronted by powerful singer/actor
Peppe Carlsson, this band grabs well worn hits & misses by the neck,
shakes them and breaks them and produces great music in the process.
Uncle Jam Tribute
To Elvis - where Per get to display his knowledge of the Scotty Moore/James
Burton school of guitaring.
And now, finally:
Flamman - his
own band, his own songs, his own vocals. Well worth waiting for.
Quotes from Red Top Recordings' website:
"After years in the background with his guitar, Per "Flamman"
Westling finally takes the step forward as singer/songwriter and guitarist
in his own band Flamman. In the company of Flamman we travel to an American
rock and roll landscape, with people like Neil Young and Tom Petty lurking
about at the backroads, while some lighter pop melodies are blowing around
in the dusty wind. Members in the band are long time companion Johan Håkansson
on drums and legendary bass player Nikke Ström, with whom the band
leader enjoyed a "musical love at first sight experience" when
they met a couple of years ago. Together they form a dynamic trio, taking
the songs from the songwriter's bedroom recordings out into the great
wide open. After a few local Gothenburg gigs Flamman are now ready to
meet the big audience. On their new album Surprising Sun and on stage.