The Great Raid: Mistake Medicine for Magic

July 2, 2010

The post-punk revival of the early 2000’s produced more also-rans than the original movement. That’s no mean feat since the only bandwagon to get more loaded-down by talentless hacks than ’80s punk/new wave was maybe grunge in the ’90s. Post-punk redux probably fared a little better than grunge, if only because of the wealth of source material to ape. 

The race to be the next skinny-tied one-hit wonders divided itself into two heats. The first being cold, moody, atmospheric bands who’d erroneously name-drop Joy Division in their bios and the other was jittery, funky bands who’d slightly less erroneously name-drop Gang of Four.

Norway’s The Great Raid tried to run in both heats to the predictable result of not placing in a single race.

While Radio 4, The Rapture, Franz Ferdinand, !!!, and Moving Units were thumping punk-funk back onto the dance floor and The Stills, The Editors and Interpol were creating music for a new generation to mope to, The Great Raid tried to split the difference. Bjarni Grimstad‘s take on Ian Curtis’ maudlin baritone mixed with the anthemic bombast of mid-period U2 and a B-52s dance beat ended up sounding like a ham-fisted Coldplay  remix by DFA.

Mistake Medicine for Magic was released on Finnmark Records in May of 2002 and reached #317 on the UK indie charts. The band broke-up in June of 2002 in Belgium when drummer Kjell Boddason met his wife, chocolatier Amélie Franquin, and refused to continue with the tour. Ironically, Boddason now drives a tour bus in Brussels.

Grimstad and the rest of the band returned to Norway and later that year reformed as the black metal band Dethfjord in hopes of more successfully jumping that bandwagon. Dethfjord do not currently have a record deal.


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