Basko Sthlm - Basko Sthlm
The name of the band was originally Tabasco Stockholm in 2006. But after bad feedback from the legal representatives of a certain sauce brand, they decided to change the name to Basko Sthlm (Stockholm).
This album starts very differently than the rest proceeds. The opening bars of "Mud Honey" are more like SRV hooks and a country twang. Then the real Basko Sthlm comes with that melodic light stroking of high pitched guitar chords. "Marble Arch" another terrifically well written song that comes through the speakers like an infectious claw reaching for radio. A few songs in the meat portion of this recording drop off the upbeat and slow things down. Even still these guys manage to comprehend strong song writing skills. The lead vocals are unique and fairly powerful in the slowed down tracks such as "A Song That's Not About You". No worries, they return to regularly scheduled programming in the very next track, "Seaside". A bit of sampling and a energy and these boys are right back to where they belong. "Moby Dick" the closing track starts out status quo, but during the verse, they have a fantastic feel on drum patterns and guitar synching.
So what is to become of this Swedish Rock band? Though bland at times,without a doubt, their punchy upbeat sound has a place here in the United States. They will certainly be on my radar as I'd love to see where the maturation process leads to in their next release.
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