The Mary Onettes – Hit The Waves

When a band takes such care over its music that new releases only appear at something like five yearly intervals, or when recording conditions mean that said band can only get into the studio that often, the results are inevitably something approaching perfectionism. Formed in 2000, The Mary Onettes release their third album on March 12th and their … [Read more...]

Turbocharged – AntiXtian

Though originally formed in 2000 by Ronnie ‘Ripper’ Olsen, one of the founder members of Swedish death metal band Vomitory, Turbocharged had a slow start and it was not until 2008 that their first demo recording saw the light of day. A second demo followed the year after and the end of 2010 saw their debut album AntiXtian released on vinyl only via … [Read more...]

Diabolical – Ars Vitae

Swedish band Diabolical are like an unintentional secret. Despite their formation in 1996 they are not widely known outside of their homeland and then only by the most knowledgeable of death metal fans. With only two albums, Synergy (2001) and A Thousand Deaths (2002), and limited shows they were a kind of hidden entity to the world. 2008 saw a new … [Read more...]

Interview with Johan Angergård

Hello Johan!  It’s so fine ‘n’ dandy to be doing this interview with you.  You have a long and prolific history in the music field, forming the band Acid House Kings with your brother Niklas and Joakim Ödlund in 1991, starting the duo Club 8 with Karolina Komstedt in 1995, and creating The Legends in 2003.  In 2001 you also founded Labrador Records … [Read more...]

I’m From Barcelona – Let Me Introduce My Friends

Two months after their second EP, Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams, Buddy!, Swedish pop band I’m From Barcelona (their name a clever homage to the inept character Manuel on the BBC’s hilarious 1975 comedy, Fawlty Towers) expanded those four tracks into their first full length album, Let Me Introduce My Friends. Best known for the twenty-nine band … [Read more...]

Leonard Kaage East Coast US Tour dates

In the Summer of 2008, Leonard began recording some of his songs. He had already played music for a long time and had already been involved in many bands before, but never his own songs featuring his own lyrics. So, the recordings became the five song EP called “Time” which Leonard printed and released himself. The “Time” EP was limited to just 100 … [Read more...]

Interview with Josephine Olausson of Love Is All

Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, quirky quintet Love Is All has long played the role of feisty cousin in the extensive family tree of Scandinavian indie pop acts.  Far from cute or cloying, Love Is All instead rouses listeners with fast-paced post-punk gems, characterized by raw guitar leads, schizophrenic saxophone, and the adorable … [Read more...]

Love Is All – Two Thousand And Ten Injuries

For many years I have held the personal – and somewhat nerdy – belief that most music can be described by a bell curve.  Yes, I am aware that even the mere mention of the word “curve” may trigger PTSD-inducing flashbacks to that college chemistry class or statistics in general.  Nonetheless, it is important to note that music and math have long … [Read more...]

Shout Out Louds – Work

With freezing temperatures across the country and snow falling in places it usually doesn’t, we could all use a bit of sunshine. So leave it to Sweden’s Shout Out Louds to see us through the end of this bleak winter with their wonderfully bright and beautiful third album, Work. Though it’s a more stripped down affair than their last, Our Ill Wills, … [Read more...]

Sambassadeur – European

While on a drive in my hometown recently, I discovered that something truly remarkable had happened to the radio. Well, oldies radio. My trusted provider of decades-old Brill Building pop and doo-wop one-hit wonders had decided that oldies music had simply become, too old. Worse yet, the torch had been passed on to radio real-estate … [Read more...]