Freak When Spoken To – the Story of Freak Kitchen

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You might have heard of Freak Kitchen because someone told you they have a really cool guitar player, Mattias IA Eklundh. But Freak Kitchen isn’t your standard shredder band. For more than 20 years, this Swedish trio has explored new hard rock territory: they stretch the musical limits, but know the importance of a good hook.

There’s no shortage of blogs and websites delving into the hows of Freak Kitchen’s music: reviews, analyses, and IA Eklundh’s guitar clinics where music lesson meets stand-up comedy. This official biography is more concerned with the whys; why do they sound the way they do? Why does IA Eklundh write the kind of lyrics he does?

Music journalist Åsa Anastasia Jonsén has interviewed all Freak Kitchen’s members, past and present, as well as their families, friends, and business partners over a period of several years and puts it all into context. She digs deep into problematic childhoods, asks uncomfortable questions about band democracy, revealing a vast cornucopia of musical nerdery.

This book also features exclusive sheet music for “Silence!” (complete score approved by the band), and pictures from the members’ private photo albums.