CHAINGANG

April 23, 2008

Have I been cursed? I can’t help but wonder since I’ve yet again fallen for a band who spell their name LIKE THIS.

Aussie rockers CHAINGANG are a lively bunch to say the least. Their music throbs with energy, dark energy – from the pounding drums, growling guitars and murmuring bass line, down to the fantastic vocal antics by singer Hayle.

A bit of pop, 70’s punk and some Gothic rock all mixed into one – these guys are sure to speed up your heart rate quite a bit. Just listen to the brilliant “Get Off My Stage”, and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

~ “Get Off My Stage” ~

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The Search

April 20, 2008

I first heard The Search about a year ago when stumbling over one of their songs online. The song, “Love Shock” was a throwback to the 80’s synthpop, something which I rarely can resist. So yeah, I got hooked.

Unfortunately I didn’t find anything else by the band for a long time. But a few days ago I got an e-mail about their up-coming album Saturnine Songs along with some MP3s – yay!

And what can I say? The Swedes are still staying true to their synthpop sound, although it seems a bit more polished this time around. The press release mentions The Cure and Joy Division as comparisons, but personally I think they sound more like mixture between 80s band Blue Nile and fellow Swedes The Ark.

Either way, I like it!

Saturnine Songs will be available worldwide on April 25th.

~“Distant”~

Blackstrap

April 14, 2008

Tee Pee Records tend to sign mostly hard rock and metal bands, which is really not my thing. Sweden’s Blackstrap show a softer side to their rooster though as their music is described as as “blissful rock and roll drenched in the warm rays of fuzzed out guitars” in the press release and draws comparisons to bands like Spiritualized, Primal Scream, and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

The band formed in 2001 and released their first album Ghost Children two years later which they are now about to follow up with Steal My Horses And Run. The album is a slightly odd mixture of trash rock and shoegaze, but it works for the most part, especially on the songs where singer Maria’s hazy vocals are prominent.

Blackstrap’s Steal My Horses And Run will be available in the US on May 20th, 2008.

~ “Steal My Horses” ~