It’s always a great day when Sweden’s post-punk darlings, The Sounds, release new music. They have been teasing this upcoming release for a short time now and as a long-time fan of the band, I’ve been keeping a keen eye on the situation. Finally, on the 10th of November, they unleashed brand new single ‘Thrill’.
This is their first new track since their 2013 album ‘Weekend’ came out and so all is existing fans are ready and waiting, potentially putting pressure on the band and ourselves to discover something great in their latest effort. With a three-year wait, did it live up to hopes and expectations? Well, let me give you a little bit of background on things from a particularly personal level. I first got into The Sounds in 2005 when I discovered a selection of tracks from their debut LP, like ‘Fire’, ‘Dance with Me’ and the title track, ‘Living in America’. I fell in love immediately and it wasn’t all that long after that they released their second album ‘Dying to Say This To You’ which had just celebrated a tenth anniversary, which was heavily celebrated by the band and even led to a small tour dedicated to the milestone. This album just deepened my adoration for them and immediately created a lifelong super fan. As if it couldn’t get any better, I saw them live in London a few years back and still maintain it was the best gig I’d ever been to and will certainly take some outdoing for my opinion to alter. So, that’s the sort of fan I am, and that’s the sort of pressure we all find ourselves under when new music gets released. I must admit, I liked their last album, but I can’t say I loved it. So has ‘Thrill’ earned my attention and gathered high hopes for the next record to be just as good…… drum roll…….
YES! It actually really really has. The concept alone is just classic Sounds, it’s a love song minus the love, centered around lust, temptation and abandonment of all inhibitions and will. It’s upbeat rock n roll but with a steady swagger that oozes cool like only Maja Ivarsson can. It has those signature synths and electronic elements that have always set them apart from other punk bands. In fact, I always remember as a younger fan of the band and when describing them to a friend and potential future fan, I would describe them as disco punk. Is it a thing? I don’t know, but if it was a recognised genre, The Sounds would be running it. ‘Thrill’ has got me excited for a new LP, and I can’t wait to see what else it brings. Well done to The Sounds and welcome back, we love you.
Congratulations to myself for getting all the way through this writing without busting out a Thrilling, or what a thrill it is, or I’m so bloody thrilled style pun. Would have been too easy. Well done Stuart, you’re a legend mate.
Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)