You might know Rikard Sjöblom as the mutli-instrumentalist madman behind the microphone of the now-legendary Beardfish, who sang about everything from personal loss to dreams of sneaking into the backstreets of some sleazy '70s disco club. Wielding his keyboard like an 88-key progressive rock machine gun and a shoulder-slung guitar much in the same manner, Sjöblom truly was the face of the band.
With the same array of musical appendages, Sjöblom has carried on as a solo artist once more with his 2016 album The Unbendable Sleep. Unlike his beatnik-inspired, entirely instrumental 2006 debut album Cyklonmannen, The Unbendable Sleep features Sjöblom's incredible vocal range, intensely personal lyrics, signature sense of complex-yet-catchy keyboard melodies, and guitar work that spans the spectrum of folksy to downright face melting.
In addition to his solo work, Sjöblom is the most recent addition to English progressive titans Big Big Train, having performed keyboards, guitars, accordion, and backing vocals on the band's 2016 album Folklore.
NECROMONKEY is the brainchild of founding (and former) member of the critically-acclaimed Swedish progressive band Änglagård, drummer/multi-instrumentalist Mattias Olsson, and multi-instrumentalist David Lundberg of the eclectic Swedish progressive band Gösta Berlings Saga. Necromonkey's live performances feature extended flights of intense, hard-hitting improvisation, are driving, intricate, challenging, blisteringly hard-rocking, often dark and always different and fresh. Necromonkey's music is unfailingly mesmerizing, cathartic and powerful, and never fails to blow away their captivated and loyal audiences worldwide.
NJProghouse Presents @ Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse (View)
745 Bound Brook Road
Dunellen, NJ 08812