Copenhagen based heavy punk trio Halshug release their third studio album Drøm on Southern Lord this July

May 18, 2019
Photo credit: Staffan Fagerberg


Halshug, the Copenhagen-based trio, release a third studio album titled Drøm (“Dream”) this July through Southern Lord on LP and DL formats.

On Drøm the band expand their sound from the dirgy d-beat of their earlier albums Sort sind (2016) and Blodets bånd (2015), and explore the dynamics of longer songs, more audible lyrics, and altered tempos, which result in different shades of industrial, dark-wave, and post-punk. 

According to the trio, the title refers to a wider theme of the record which views dreams as “a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind. And also sort of a vision, or a wanting of something more than just what is.

 The band continues “the dream is volatile. It can burst. One moment it felt real, and moments later it can’t even be recalled.” Other ideas come into play too “a lot of the songs are about mirrors. The intimacy that is in privacy, alone with oneself. And the cathartic moments where interaction becomes wordless. They are mostly scenes or clips from dreams, that could have looked like either old movies or scenes from the hang-out area at a rave. Some of them are recollections of things that have happened, but most of them are dreamt or felt. Some songs are about dominance and submission, about letting go, either trusting or just not caring. Some of them are also statements, metaphorical or literate, about being subordinate as an individual in a complex power structure.” 

To summarise on their intent, the band remark “the whole idea is to create a medium through which we can forward true human energy. It’s about lust, guts and a protest against reality. A wish of life. It’s not important to us what genre we end up playing, it just happened to be like this.

Track list:

Kæmper Imod

 Dø Igen


Giv Alting Op 



Tænk På Dig Selv 

Ingen Kontrol

 Et Andet Sted


Live dates: 

17 May – Berlin, DE – Kasteneinkeller

18 May – Hamburg, DE – Ask A Punk

22 May – Bremen, DE – Sportamt

23 May – Amsterdam, NL – OCCII

24 May – Kortijk, BE – The Pits

25 May – Frica, NL – Pitfest 

7 Sep – Oslo, NO – Vaterland 

12 Sep – Aalborg, DK – 1000Fryd

13 Sep – Aarhus, DK – Radar

14 Sep – KBH, DK Stengade

20 Sep – Gøteborg, SWE – Kulturhuset

27 Sep – Malmø, SWE – Plan B

28 Sep – Stockholm, SWE – Hus 7

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