Pouppée Fabrikk

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Pouppée Fabrikk
Pouppée Fabrikk at E-Tropolis 2014
Pouppée Fabrikk at E-Tropolis 2014
Background information
OriginKarlskoga, Sweden
Genres
Years active1988–present
Labels
Websitewww.myspace.com/pouppeefabrikk/
Members
Past membersJouni Ollila

Pouppée Fabrikk is a Swedish EBM band, started in 1988[1] by Henrik Björkk and Leif Holm, who both hail from Karlskoga.

History[edit]

The band name has no meaning. It was constructed from a combination of French ("Poupée") and Norwegian ("Fabrikk") words. Originally the band name was meant to be Poupé Fabrikk, but when a friend made their first posters he incorrectly spelt it "Pouppée Fabrikk" and the band liked it.[2]

Initially, the music of Pouppée Fabrikk was influenced by minimalistic electronic acts such as Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft and Nitzer Ebb, in a style some refer to as "Elektronisk Kroppsmusik" or EKM[3] – the Swedish translation of "Electronic Body Music."[4] With the addition of Jouni Ollila and Jonas Aneheim on guitar the group moved towards a more crossover/metal style that was not always well received by fans.[2]

The album Your Pain - Our Gain CD was meant to be released in 1996, but due to differences in opinion between the band and the record company (Energy Rekords) it was delayed until 1999. In 1996 the band decided to take a break and Pouppée Fabrikk was put on hold and the band members worked on various solo projects.

In 2000 the band re-united for a performance at the Tinitus Electronic Festival and announced that they were making a comeback and returning to their roots. They released a four track mini CD in 2001 entitled Elite Electronics.[3] A year later both Ollila and Björkk left the band to concentrate on their respective solo careers.

After seven years of dormancy, the band re-united in 2009 with Christiaan Riemslag filling the place of former member Jouni Ollila.[5] The band embarked on numerous live performances in 2010 & 2011 including at Bodyfest in Fryshuset, Sweden, BIMfest in Belgium, and the first of several appearances at Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Germany.[2][6]

In 2013, the band compiled unreleased and remastered demo tracks along with a few new songs for release on Alfa Matrix as The Dirt.[7] In 2017, the band "upgraded" two classic tracks – "Watch Your Sex" and "No Way Back" – as a digitally released single to promote their second appearance at Wave-Gotik-Treffen that year.[5]

In 2019, the band announced the production of a new album, Armén, the first full length album of new material since 1998. The band's lyrical output has always been in English, but Armén featured the band's first Swedish language track, “Kom Ta Min Smärta.”[3] Björkk – with the mastering assistance of former member Jouni Ollila – took the lead in producing Armén, adopting a more aggressive political theme along with his stated intent "to make the hardest goddamn EBM album ever."[8]

The COVID-19 pandemic preempted a planned tour in 2020, but the band announced plans to use the time to produce new material.[8] At the end of 2020, the band released the single "Burn Forever," featuring remixes by Blush Response and Kreign, and Alfa Matrix released a six-disc limited box set anthology entitled E K M . Anthology 1989-2019.[9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details
Rage
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Energy Rekords
  • Formats: CD, LP
Portent
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Energy Rekords
  • Formats: CD, LP
We Have Come To Drop Bombs
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Energy Rekords
  • Formats: CD
Djävulen
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Energy Rekords
  • Formats: CD
Your Pain - Our Gain
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Energy Rekords
  • Formats: CD
The Dirt
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Alfa Matrix
  • Formats: CD, Digital
Armén
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: Alfa Matrix
  • Formats: CD, LP, Digital

Singles and EPs[edit]

Title Album details
Die Jugend
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Cock Production
  • Formats: 7"
Summoning
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Last Chance Records, Energy Rekords
  • Formats: 12", CD
Betrayal
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Energy Rekords
  • Formats: CD
I Want Candy
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Energy Rekords
  • Formats: CD
Elite Electronics
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Prototyp
  • Formats: CD
Bring Back The Ways Of Old
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Alfa Matrix
  • Formats: Digital
H8 U
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Alfa Matrix
  • Formats: Digital
Only Control
  • Released: 2019
  • Label: Alfa Matrix
  • Formats: Digital
Burn Forever
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: Alfa Matrix
  • Formats: Digital

Compilations[edit]

Title Album details
Crusader
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Energy Rekords
  • Formats: CD, Cass
E K M . Anthology 1989-2019
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: Alfa Matrix
  • Formats: CD Box, Digital

Side projects[edit]

Henrik N Björkk Folkstorm, HH9, Muskel, Nordvargr, Toroidh, All Hail The Transcending Ghost, D.I.N., Econocon, Goatvargr, Incinerator International, Körperwelten, L/A/B, Lorv, Maschinenzimmer 412/Mz.412,[10] Naer Mataron, Nordvargr/Drakh,[11] Thee Maldoror Kollective

Leif Holm CAP,[12] Dworgend, Stürm

Jouni Ollila Alk0, Ater Koma, Econocon, Little Blue Men, Mr. Jones Machine, Maschinenzimmer 412/Mz.412,[10] Project-X, Twin Freaks, BURG

Jonas Aneheim Beyond Sensory Experience,[13] Maschinenzimmer 412/Mz.412,[10] Nordvargr/Drakh,[11] L/A/B, 1920Hillcrest, Al-Wahaar Dhin, Spyah

Christiaan Riemslag Volt, CAP,[12] Menticide

References[edit]

  1. ^ DJ Wolf (12 August 2013). "Review: Pouppée Fabrikk - The Dirt". Brutal Resonance. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Van Vlasselaer, Jurgen (31 August 2011). "Pouppée Fabrikk - Hail Jägermeister!". Peek-a-boo Music Magazine. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Lizzie Marie (5 February 2020). "Pouppée Fabrikk returns with first album of new material since the '90s". Re-Gen Magazine. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  4. ^ VJK (24 October 2020). "Pouppée Fabrikk: 6CD-Box „EKM – Anthology 1989–2019" mit 42 Exklusivtracks". Volt Magazin (in German). Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b Van Isacker, Bernard (25 May 2017). "Pouppée Fabrikk returns with 2-track download ahead of exclusive live show at the Wave Gothik Treffen in Leipzig – Germany". Side-Line. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Vergangenes" [Past]. Wave Gotik Treffen (in German). Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  7. ^ Alex (24 May 2013). "Review: Pouppée Fabrikk The Dirt". I Die: You Die. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  8. ^ a b Inferno Sound Diaries (14 May 2020). "'Click Interview' With Pouppée Fabrikk: 'The Idea With 'Armén' Was To Make The Hardest Goddamn EBM Album Ever'". Side-Line. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  9. ^ Buljeta, Marija (7 December 2020). "Pouppee Fabrikk releases new EP "Burn Forever"". AltVenger. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  10. ^ a b c Inferno Sound Diaries (8 April 2019). "MZ.412 – Svartmyrkr". Side-Line. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  11. ^ a b Van Isacker, Bernard (3 October 2017). "16 years after its first release the cult Nordvargr / Drakh album is ready for CD: 'Northern Dark Supremacy'". Side-Line. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Interview: C.A.P". Brutal Resonance. 1 January 2003. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  13. ^ Viali, Michele (28 August 2012). "Beyond Sensory Experience "Modern Day Diabolists"". Darkroom Magazine (in Italian). Retrieved 8 October 2021.

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