“Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Chopper is a dark, danceable and playful solo-project by Jonatan K. Magnussen (The Love Coffin) feeding on anything from eurodance to glam rock, harsh industrial to disco (Chopper himself prefers the term “shock pop”). Already receiving attention for his intense live shows, enigmatic music videos and flamboyant expressive attitude, Chopper is all about a fine line between tragedy and comedy. Although reminiscent of oldschool horror flicks and synthetic bubblegum pastiche, don’t fool yourself – underneath lies an undeniable gut- wrenching personal force. Imagine a carnival from hell, a fun, haunting and amusing little nightmare, the sound of untamed youth and the longing for love; all somehow elegantly yet forcefully contrasting the bleakest personal observations. With great charm, diversity and somewhat diabolic undertones, Chopper demands to be included among the unholy (and unwritten) canon of weird, haunting, homeless, lost pop figures of the past and present. Chopper lives well and free in a strange but captivating world. Long live the wicked!”
Shock Pop Vol. I
It’s hasn’t gotten any easier to label Chopper since the quite trashy yet charming debut-release, “The Wonderful and Wicked World of Chopper” (2022). A dangerous cocktail of larger-than-life mentality and manic self-realization – struggling with staggering cynicism and self-irony – the old Casio-keyboard has been replaced by metallic drum-programming, sleazy funky basslines, jazz-pop saxophones and disco-inspired string arrangements; seamlessly blending in huge, detailled and tightly-arranged pop compositions among harsh beautiful attacks of relentless distortion guitars and the versatile spitting, howling and growling vocals of Jonatan K. Magnussen (Chopper). With elements of industrial acts such as Ministry and Skinny Puppy – placed in a decidedly weird context of early-00’s pop music, 70’s disco and glamrock, and 90’s eurodance and techno – “Shock Pop Vol. I”, the first installment in a forthcoming series of (shocking!) surprises, is brimming with creativity and playfulness. If Chopper’s debut-album was a carnival from hell, “Shock Pop Vol. I” is the perfect afterparty.