Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Live Wild Die Free

Sometimes when you review an album, you find yourself liking it for rather different reasons than you think you would.

So it has been with the debut album by Swedish band Vulkano. Their press releases touted them as a riot grrrl band, but when you listen to them the strongest influences appear to be mid eighties synth pop and post punk. Which is not to say that there aren't any gender politics discussed, because there are - there are songs about being followed home and internet trolls - but the whole album comes across like a sophisticated post punk pop post riot grrrl confection.

I've reviewed the album for the F-Word, and while I didn't like all of it, I did find it innovative and inventive enough to want to hear it again.

They are a band who walk a tightrope between punk and pop and it'll be interesting to see how things pan out for them.