Hardcore Superstar

Jocke Berg HCSS (2)Hardcore Superstar
Electric Ballroom
London 15/10/15
Photography & live review: Svenja Block

I have seen Swedish rockers Hardcore Superstar live a good few times over the years, starting ca. 2000 in an underground club probably somewhere in Camden Town, when their acclaimed “Bad Sneakers And A Pina Colada” album was fresh off the pressing plant on to various other notorious venues across London until their fantastic return to the Electric Ballroom October 2015 as part of a Co – Headline Tour with the master of sleaze glam rock’n roll Michael Monroe himself!

Hardcore Superstar have been very instrumental in rejuvenating and influencing the Scandinavian glam/metal/punk scene and it was very satisfying seeing this very entertaining group perform in front of a large and appreciativeHCSS (4) audience in the UK ( big concert halls are standard procedure for HCSS shows across Scandinavia and Germany btw.).

The band’s 10th studio album, simply titled “HCSS” was released earlier in the year and surprised many with a back to the roots approach, so to speak.

It definitely needs to be noted that Joe Barresi, who has worked with legends such as Queens Of The Stone Age and Soundgarden, mixed this melodic yet full on vintage 1970’s style sleaze rock album.

Front man Jocke Berg was in fine form as he entered the stage launching straight into “Sadistic Girls”, also the opener from their classic 2010 release “Split Your Lip”. It was followed by one of my favourites “Guestlist” – a song that tells a million stories about the (un)importance of certain individuals within the entertainment industry.

The set varied widely; there was new material like “Touch The Sky” from their current release or a surprise acoustic version of “Here Comes That Sick Bitch”, not to forget more classics like the full on rock  “Dreamin’ In A Casket” and “Moonshine”.

At one point Jocke Berg decided he wanted to know what it’s like to be in the “f*****g front row” and proceeded to find out – much to the delight and amusement of the audience – by walking off stage, disappearing into the crowd and eventually re-emerging in the aforementioned essential front row.

If there is one HCSS anthem it’s gotta be the epic “We Don’t Celebrate Sundays”; it had the whole venue erupting and singing along!

Hardcore Superstar looked strong together, rockedHCSS (3) hard as a band, delivered the sound, and clearly enjoyed being there. Anyone who has not seen this band before and likes a bit of Sunset Strip infused glam rock’n roll will be in for a real treat.


  1. Sadistic Girls
  2. Guestlist
  3. Touch The Sky
  4. Medicate Me
  5. Bully
  6. Wild Boys
  7. Dreamin’ in a Casket
  8. Into Debauchery
  9. Here Comes That Sick Bitch
  10. 10.Don’t Mean Shit


11. Hateful
12. Moonshine
13. Last Call for Alcohol
14. We Don’t Celebrate Sundays
15. Above the Law