Spidergawd: Spidergawd II Categories: Albums • Norway • Rock Spidergawd: Spidergawd II Last year Spidergawd released their eponymous debut to great critical acclaim in Norway and a Spellemann nomination for Rock Album of the Year. It's also an album that completely failed to make its way my way, so I'll have to take the press release's word for it. Luckily the quartet ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Virgin Suicide: Virgin Suicide Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock Virgin Suicide: Virgin Suicide Recordings began in February 2014 with producer Lars Vognstrup (Lars & The Hands Of Light), but it has taken until this Monday for retro-rocking Virgin Suicide to get their debut full length out, in part because of a long distance collaboration with L.A.-based Sune Rose Wagner (The Raveonettes) who has ... (Click To Continue Reading)
RA: Scandinavia Categories: Albums • Rock • Sweden RA: Scandinavia Malmö-based RA have been with us since July 2013 when they released their debut EP, 'Bloodline'. Since then I've waited somewhat impatiently for the then promised first full length, which finally landed a little while ago and luckily doesn't disappoint in any way. Continuing the bleak and hard post-punk off ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Van Dammes: Better Than Sex Categories: Albums • Finland • Rock Van Dammes: Better Than Sex Where their first EP - at least in title - touched on the not-so-great potential effects of (unprotected) sex Van Dammes' latest offering offers something 'Better Than Sex'. I haven't been bothered to do a thorough analysis of the lyrics, but whatever it is that's better than sex it involves ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Refused: Elektra Categories: Rock • Sweden • Videos Refused: Elektra During the 90s Refused was one of Sweden’s most influential punk bands, if not THE most influential. After splitting up in 1998 they luckily started touring again in 2012 playing Roskilde Festival among many others. Now they have finally gotten around to doing what they should have done a long ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Warp Riders: A Tea Party With Demons Categories: Albums • Norway • Rock Warp Riders: A Tea Party With Demons Norway's Warp Riders debuted with the 'Astral Plane EP' in 2013 and have just released the followup, 'A Tea Party With Demons'. If you ask me (people rarely do, but that doesn't stop me from having opinions on everything) they should really put out an actual album or five because ... (Click To Continue Reading)
The Good, The Bad And The Zugly: Way Out West Categories: Norway • Rock • Tracks The Good, The Bad And The Zugly: Way Out West Among my many favourite shouty Norwegians are the Hadeland based The Good The Bad And The Zugly. Their debut album, 'Anti World Music', was brilliant and judging by new single 'Way Out West' the followup, 'Hadeland Hardcore', could be even better. The song features a bitching guitar riff, a catchy ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Constables: Complex Sex Categories: Albums • Finland • Rock Constables: Complex Sex It's been almost two years since Constables were featured first on this blog with their second EP, 'Bedroom Culture'. Then I said of the Finnish quartet that their Strokes-Franz Ferdinand-Interpol indie wasn't mindblowingly original as such, yet it was effective and catchy. It's an opinion I can only repeat of ... (Click To Continue Reading)
The Radar Post: The Radar Post Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock The Radar Post: The Radar Post After two lauded EPs Esben Svane return with his first full length as The Radar Post. The eponymous debut is a personal account of the drunken consequences of fame as drummer with Danish pop-rock outfit A Friend In London and the struggle to kick the booze and find his pre-fame ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Fjeld: Wave It Off Categories: Finland • Rock • Tracks Fjeld: Wave It Off Last year I featured Fjeld's debut EP, 'Apple Thief Times', then saying that the Finnish indie-post-rock quintet was definitely on to something. Recently new single 'Wave It Off' came my way and at the very least it reaffirms my previous statement - at best it should lead someone to sign ... (Click To Continue Reading)
YAST: When You’re Around Categories: Rock • Sweden • Tracks YAST: When You're Around Back in 2013 Swedish quintet YAST (known as Youth And Student Travel when they formed in 2007) released their great eponymous debut album, which also made it to our Best Albums list for that year. Now they're getting ready to put out a followup (no title or release date yet) ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Death By Toaster: No Gravity Categories: Albums • Iceland • Rock • Sweden Death By Toaster: No Gravity Founded in Reykjavík by Icelandic brothers Albert (vocals/guitars) and Magnus Asvaldsson (drums) and Swedish bass player Daniel Tiderman Death By Toaster relocated to Stockholm back in 2013 and last year they launched a four three-song EP project which is set to culminate in June with the release of the trio's ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Starving For My Gravy: Vol. 1 Categories: Albums • Norway • Rock Starving For My Gravy: Vol. 1 These guys first appeared on this blog back in 2008 as lauded nordicana singer/songwriter Tommy Tokyo's backing band. Last time we heard from them (here anyway) was Tokyo's third album, 'Go Time, Showtime & Absolute War' (2010), after which they were relieved from duty, but now the band slash art ... (Click To Continue Reading)
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