Jimmy Hurtig – Drums
Daniel Nygren – Guitars
Erik Sävström – Bass
Emma Näslund – Vocals
David Rosberg – Guitars
GAUPA (lynx in swedish) is a rock band from Falun, Sweden. With surreal lyrics, an energetic singer, and a sound of progressive stoner rock with doom/folk/psychedelic influences, they released their debut EP in June 2018 and have already established an international name on the underground scene. “GAUPA” – their self titled debut EP – was well received and the band did one of their first performances on Scandinavia’s biggest rock festival, Sweden Rock, and have been aired on different radio shows all over the world. GAUPA signed with german label Kozmik Artifactz and released the EP on vinyl in October 2019.
”It’s a fabulous debut by Gaupa from Sweden, perfectly mixing stoner and psychedelic rock with folk and even some doom – which is lingering pretty subversive in a layer underneath.”More Fuzz, Jan 2019
GAUPA had a busy 2018/2019 with playing at different festivals and venues. Critics seemed not only impressed by the studio recordings and diverse arrangements but also by the level of intensity displayed live. The talk in between songs are kept to a minimum and the tension are soon to be broken by another screeching guitar feedback delivered together with hair swung in fanatic synchronisation. GAUPA seem to leave their audiences both in astonishment and with a good sense of ache in their necks.
“GAUPA, a Swedish stoner band from Falun starts off with an immenseStargazed Magazine (Live at Sabaton Open Air, August 2019)
energy right from the top. The opening song “Febersvan” takes us on a
journey through suggestive landscapes and dark forests. The level of energy
they display is astounding and they keep it up for the whole set. Even in the
slow, almost psychedelic, parts of the show, they never seem to loose any
focus or intensity.”
GAUPA have now finished the recording of their upcoming full length album and are planning to hit the road in Europe. Upcoming tours (among different shows and festivals) include Great Britain, Germany and France.
“Emma Näslund’s fantastic voice & vocal delivery really help give GAUPA their own identity, but she ably supported 4 fantastic musicians that know how to employ creative songwriting that seamlessly drifts between atmospheric psychedelic passages interspersed with some seriously heavy yet groovy stoner riffs. For a debut EP this is seriously impressive and I can’t wait to hear what these crazy Swede’s offer up next.”Metalstorm, 2018
“First thing one notices about GAUPA are the levels of musicianship on display here, solid, tight percussion combined with deep growling bass lines are the backbone around which GAUPA’s two guitarists lay down diverse washes of delightful and dynamic six-string colouring, the pair not so much going head to head as complimenting each other with a mixture of eastern motifs, shimmering arpeggios, crunching heavy power chords and scorching psychedelic lead work, however it is the vocal acrobatics of Emma Näslund that many will leave this EP remembering long after the last note of “GAUPA” fades into silence. Näslund has a unique tone and delivery and it is easy to see why those comparisons with Iceland’s elfish chanteuse have been made as both singers have that same distinctive vocal elasticity in their armoury, however where Bjork’s voice sometimes wanders into shrillness there is a smoother more fluid timbre to Näslund’s vocals that is, for Desert Psychlist, far more pleasing and easier on the ear.”Desert Psychlist, 2018
“ ‘GAUPA’ (2019) is so much more than stoner rock. Sure, it draws upon its framework and stylistic conventions, as much as it does doom and progressive rock. The draw here is the extraordinary seraph vocals of Emma Näslund, whose previous project Oil My Member showed that she had a taste for the unconventional, both beautiful and bizarre. ‘GAUPA’ is absolutely transfixing, though. It’s smart and sexy, filled with vocal nuances and an extraordinary range that will make you want to give it a standing ovation from wherever you’re sitting.”Doomed and Stoned, 2019
”With arrangements that feel as natural and magical as those of Björk’s and The Cranberries’ together with the mystical and mesmerizing vocals of singer Emma Näslund, this exquisite work of art deliver a superb balance between retro nostalgia and modern elements. 82/100.”BURRN! Magazine, Japan 2019
“Wow, this is a beautiful creation of music. Struggling to form words as I listen…/ /… I remember hearing Blues Pills for the first time a few years back, and playing them on my former radio show. I knew it was a special band, I have that same feeling with GAUPA.”Mosh nerd republic, 2019