Need to Destroy
On the 21 of august 2006 Sofia Härdig's album "The Need To Destroy" is released. The new songs which are written, recorded and produced by Sofia herself states a new direction in her career. More synthesizers, programming and strange sounds. Cool, sharp and sexy electronica as in "Sea Fever" and "Mancall". Grinding guitars and industrial sounds in "Sitting Still" and "Sonicyouthescue" hammering popguitars in "Wait" In "Believe in me" the sound of beautiful heartbroken strings join hands with the sound of steelmills and concrete crushing. And on top of that her extraordinary voice, by many considered to be the best female rock-voice around. In June the first single "Little Delight" was released. A truly delightful piece which binds together laid-back guitars and a Hammond organ with cool electronical sounds and programming. The single also provides us with two unreleased tracks from The Need To Destroy-sessions. "Getting Withing" and "Nothing can save", are two very strong outtakes. The Album The Need To destroy has gained raw reviews in the press worldwide and a lot of attenitons an interviews has followed the release.. Sofia Härdig has from the start demanded attention. With her bands she's gained great reviews nationally and internationally. In 2003 she starts off with a tour to New York. Playing at CBGB: s twice, doing two live shows at Unitygain television and various club gigs. As well as playing with her band "Sofia Härdig And The Needles" a new band is formed with Johnny Essing (bob hund, Bergman Rock) and Mikael Nilzén both members of "The Needles". "303" makes their debut in live television and is later well known to the listeners of experimental noise/electronica as "Trio Switzerland". Back home after the succesful NY-tour Sofia forms "The Happiest Girl In The World" together with guitarist Otto Milde. They´re chosen to be the opening act of Rookie 2003 (even before they are an actual band officially). Besides all she is touring frequently in Sweden. In 2004 Sofia is chosen to be a "Room Five Artist" by the Ystad Artmuseum. She performs with her three bands: "Sofia Härdig and the Needles", The Happiest Girl In The World" and "Trio Switzerland" as well as doing a sound-installation. Just before the gig Kenny Håkansson, bass player of "The Hellacopters" joins the band. In october she shares the stage with world famous musicians like Merzbow, Ikue Mori, members of Fugazi and many more at the Perspectives Festival 2004 in Västerås/Sweden. The Festival states Sofia as the next girl in experimental rock. She performs with all the three bands, showing an impressive range and complexity with music spanning from heavy guitar-based rock to improvised noise-electro. Ikue Mori, Merzbow, White Magic and many more showed their admiration to her work. During 2004 she records songs under the name "Sofia Härdig and the Needles" for the forthcoming album "The Storm In My Head" The Single "OOO OOA OOA OOO" is released in a limited 7" vinyl edition. Spains biggest Rock magazine "Rock Sound" discovers Sofia and writes a rave review and an interview, entitled "Born To Win". Sofia is also signed to the label Olof Bright for the release of SOFIA HÄRDIG + . Olof Bright has formerly released artist such as Sonic Youth, Jim O'Rourke and Kim Gordon. In the beginning of 2005 Sofia is isolated in a lonely cottage, writing and recording, what will become "The Demotapes Album". All songs written, and recorded in three solitary weeks by Sofia. First intended as demos for the band but later released as a "bonus" album to "The Storm In My Head" . Raw, dark and pure. Definitely nothing for those afraid of the dark... In april "The Storm In My Head" is released on Filthy Records/Border Music. The album is very well received in Sweden as well as internationally. Songs from the album are played on big radiostations in Sweden, Spain, Germany, Finland and in the United States. The German online magazine "Rockwellen" makes Sofia the coverstory on their very first edition. In may Sofia plays the big Openmusic Festival in Ystad/Southsweden with all her three bands. She also plays together with Yoshimi (Boredoms, OOIOO, Free Kitten), Mats Gustafsson and Dror Feiler. 'You are drawn into the music which seems to grow a hundred percent with each listening Sofia and her sidekick Otto Milde has produced real noisy modern rockelectronica to be copied and imitated by wannabes. They themselves has taken over the drivers seat for good!' Gary Landström Groove 'Härdig sings in a striking way as ever. The Need to Destroy is another gem from the singer.' Anna Maria Stjärnell, Luna Kafé "she's an amazing songwriter... It's awesome!... What's especially striking about Sofia Hardig is how she employs interesting little twists within the often predicable realm of gritty guitar rock, and commandeers the genre like she's got it all to herself. Nervy, sensual, and self-assured, Hardig deserves to be widely heard, as she's far more interesting than many others mining this same stylistic territory." Kevin Renick Playback St. Louis, USA ' What a voice!... her nerve-racking, melodic lo-fi version of blues punk is not possible to miss.. Especially hauntingly when the menacing stranglehold of her minimalistic, reduced songs grab your throat like a cold hand in the darkness. - guitars and drums rumble into the darkest corners... pure and raw rock'n roll, Markus Wiludda, Eldoradio*, Germany "I can't help gasping in amazment over that this is her first work. It's rock with experimentall dimensions burtn to black at the edges, one moment beatiful the next sissling furiusly stinging like pins and needles.. " Lars Thulin Ystad Allehanda 'Sofia Härdig conquers the world with her voice....' Sydsvenskan 'SOFIA HÄRDIG The Next Girl in experimental rock' Perspectives 2004, Västerås "..a very exiting, interesting artist and songwriter who you definitely will hear more about in the future.." Thomas Fridholm Musikindustrin 'BORN TO WIN ... La-La-La Härdig.... is on the verge of bursting in like one of new jewels of the inexhaustible Scandinavian mine ...I am sure that within two months to a year, this will no longer be a minoritycult. There is no doubt that you will end up hearing and speaking of the extraordinary voice and the charisma...' Rock Sound, Spain "A fantastic voice..." Sundsvalls Tidning 'Damn good........ Will make her a household name among the people in rock.... It's not a question whether she is going to make it big time or not, but WHEN... Remember where you read it first' Ystad Allehanda 'With a voice that burns through skin and concrete.... a register that lifts you from under your feet to heaven. Some have spoken of deepest black. Yes, but she gives this darkness a quality that is felt on the inside of your palms: russling silk, curessing velvet, skin in the dark... because the voice goes outside. In to. Under.. one of the coolest voices around'