January 18, 2021

Hot Breath – Rubbery Lips (The Sign Records)

Hot Breath are another hard-hitting foursome from Gothenburg, Sweden, maintaining the tradition from those parts for steaming Garage Rock / Power Pop. Straight-forward rock'n'roll without too many frills, but with a powerful woman lead singer who reminds me of Girlschool, Ellen Foley, Joan Jett and the Runaways, Pat Benatar.....you get the picture! The band is..

Grande Royale – Carry On (The Sign Records)

I reviewed Grande Royale's last release a year ago, almost to the day. That album Take It Easy had a distinctly southern rock flavour to it, being packed with great tuneful chunks of classic but contemporary southern rock, juicy riffs, great lead licks, melodic vocals and thundering bass lines, with plenty of variety along the..

Askvader – Askvader (The Sign Records)

Åskväder are a tuneful, melodic power-trio from Gothenburg, Sweden, whose self-titled debut album contains ten tracks of classic 'Scandinavian rock'. The band was formed in 2018 and consists of Staffan Persson (previously in Let Them Hang) with his lightning-speed bass grooves, Jon Solheim (ex Dödaren, Solheim, Dådet) on drums and lead vocals, and Martin Gut..

Grand Royale – Take It Easy (The Sign Records)

Now then, a new Scando Rock album with a difference! You could be forgiven from several recent reviews and interviews that virtually the entire rock scene in Scandanavia, and certainly in the hotspots of Stockholm, Goteborg and Jonkoping in Sweden, was sort of "newer wave Power Pop". These guys in Grande Royale stand out from..

The Drippers

Anyone out there remember Power Pop? It’s the closest tag I could think of for a lot of music coming out of Sweden from the nineties onwards that’s collectively badged as Swedish Action Rock. Among the early leaders of this movement were bands such as The Hellacopters, H.E.A.T. and Entombed, but there’s plenty more where..