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Träd, Gräs & Stenar ("Trees, Grass and Stones") is a Swedish rock band formed in 1969, from previous incarnations Pärson Sound, International Harvester and Harvester. The group was one of the front acts of the Swedish progg scene, although noticeably less political than their contemporary counterparts. Their sound has been described as raw, psych rock jam, by the writer David Pescovitz, who also notes the band would invite their audiences to improvise and collaborate. [1]



Pärson Sound, International Harvester and Harvester

The band Pärson Sound was formed during the summer of 1967 by members of progg band Mecki Mark Men. Then original line up consisted of Bo Anders Persson (guitar), Thomas Tidholm (vocals, saxophone, flute), Arne Ericsson (cello), Urban Yman (violin), Torbjörn Abelli (bass) and Thomas Mera Gartz (drums). [2] Inspired by the minimalist music of Terry Riley, the plan explored drones, heavy repetition and use of tape loops. This constellation, which were playing an experimental style of psychedelic rock never released any official records, although a collection of recordings from 1967-1968 were released as the double CD Pärson Sound (1967-68) in 2001 and as a 3 LP deluxe box set on the record label,Subliminal Sounds in 2010. In August 1968 the band changed their name to "International Harvester" and later the same year their debut album Sov gott Rose-Marie was released. In 1969 the name was shortened to "Harvester", under which the album Hemåt was released. In addition to music, the band was involved with Happenings, art and theater as part of a larger group collective. [3]

Träd, Gräs & Stenar

In the summer of 1969 the band reformed as Träd, Gräs & Stenar, now consisting of Bo Anders Persson, Torbjörn Abelli, Arne Ericsson and Thomas Mera Gartz. 1970 saw the release of their self-titled debut Träd, Gräs & Stenar , sometimes called "the green album", which included cover versions of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" and The Rolling Stones' hit song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". Thomas Tidholm left the band before recording began, as he deemed the new material too commercial. [4] [5]

Träd, Gräs & Stenar, then consisting of Bo Anders Persson, Torbjörn Abelli, Thomas Mera Gartz, and Jakob Sjöholm, toured the United States in 2004 and 2005. Reine Fiske joined in 2008, on guitar. Abelli and Gartz died in 2010 and 2012, respectively, [6] [7] and were replaced by Sigge Krantz (bass, 2010) and Nisse Törnqvist (drums, 2012). Träd, Gräs & Stenar, now consisting of Jakob Sjöholm (guitar), Reine Fiske (guitar), Sigge Krantz (bass), and Hanna Österberg (drums), are touring as Träden in Scandinavia and the United States in 2018. [8] [9] [10]


As "Pärson Sound"

As "International Harvester"

As "Harvester"

Träd, Gräs & Stenar [5] [8]


Original Träd, Gräs & Stenar personnel
Current (2018) personnel


Trad, Gras & Stenar

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