The Stockholm based indie/post punk purveyors THE EXPLODING BOY create evocative sounds that seem to come from Leeds, England, from about the year 1985.
Their songs are poppy and upbeat, with lush riffs and distinctive rhythms. Their sound sits somewhere between Manchester’s Chameleons and Brit-pop experiences such as Shed Seven.
The band was formed in 2006 by Lars Andersson and Johan Sjöblom and they have released 5 albums to date. Their newest Alarms! album is due May 18th and two tracks are already available:
“The Day” is a wonderful, groovy gift with dark shades and a soft exterior. There is enough musicality to delight the most astute connoisseur, but the song is also poppy enough to dance along with and swirl a white silk-scarf to. The voice is half Philip Oakey and half Dave Gahan, in other words, chocolate baritone, bitter with a hint of orange. Genuine and sincere.
“Run Red” [lyric video below] meanwhile, is sweltering, suffocating-hot fun… with an intoxicating chorus and dark moments. This is temperamental and unpredictable with powerful drums and flourishing patterns of light. Very clever and addictive.
Words: @neilmach 2018 ©
Alarms! Release Date: 18 May 2018 Label: Drakkar Records