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Having roots in five different bands, the (International) Noise Conspiracy came to exist in the latter portion of 1998 in their hometown of Umea, Sweden. The group's five members set out to use its music as an attack against capitalist culture at large by taking the universal idea of popular culture and molding the basis of its phenomenon into statements of resistance. As far as the music goes, it's a hybrid of garage rock and soul of the 1960s mixed with the punk of the late 1970s. Since their formation, the quintet has released a handful of 7" records and two full-length albums, which include 1999's The First Conspiracy and 2000's Survival /br /Fascinated by a quote from singer/songwriter Phil Ochs that states "the perfect rock outfit would be a combination of Elvis and Che Guevara," guitarist/vocalist Lars Stromberg and lead vocalist Dennis Lyxzen decided to start a group in the fall of 1998 that would make reality of that statement. Lyxzen had just witnessed the implosion of his hardcore band Refused and was hungry to start anew with a group that would use the music it created as a political vehicle. Stromberg shared the same enthusiasm and immediately co-founded the (International) Noise Conspiracy with his friend Lyxzen. At the time, Stromberg was performing with the Umea punk band Separation, with whom he still plays. The duo set out to hunt down more members who shared their ideals. They found a ba**ist in their friend Inge Johansson, who was, and still is, playing with the Umea art/noise band the Female Anchor of Sade. The final two pieces in the (International) Noise Conspiracy puzzle were found in guitarist/organist Sara Almgren and drummer Ludwig Dahlberg, who were both performing with the political rock band Saidwas. Prior to Saidwas, Almgren had made a name for herself playing guitar with the Umea metal outfit Doughnuts. With the lineup in place for the (International) Noise Conspiracy, the band stepped into the studio in 1999 to record 12 songs. The tracks were released as a series of five 7" records later that year on four different labels, including the band's own The Black Mask Collective, as well as on Premonition, Car Crash, and Trans Solar Records. The majority of the tracks that comprised these 7"s were presented on the band's first full-length LP, The First Conspiracy, released later that same year on the G-7 Welcoming Committee imprint. The band members also kept busy with side projects throughout the year. Lyxzen released a full-length album, titled Songs in the Key of Resistance and a self-titled 7" record with his band the Lost Patrol. The style and message of the group remained in much the same vein as that of the (International) Noise Conspiracy. Johansson also kept his hands full with his other band the Female Anchor of Sade, which released the 10" Tanks to Everyone. The (International) Noise Conspiracy returned in May 2000 to release their second full-length album Survival Sickness on Burning Heart Records. The band worked out a deal with Orange County, CA-based punk label Epitaph to distribute the album in the United States. First Conspiracy appeared in early 2001, and was met with a mixed reaction due to the heavy political content. Later that year, the Capitalism Stole My Virginity EP was received better due to the growing interest in the Scandanavian rock scene from US garage rock fans. In the spring of 2003, the band released Bigger Cages, Longer Chains, an EP that included several videos and was significantly short on political messages. The soulful, Rick Rubin-produced Armed Love appeared in Europe in 2004, while its American release followed nearly a year later. ~ Stephen Howell, All Music Guide

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