Let there be
The Perishers: Another gritty [Swedish] garage rock
group set to conquer America with vitriolic vocals and destructive
guitars? Not exactly.
With a band name that belies their sound, these Perishers sound
more like the Pacifiers, but in a good way. With its rich guitar
lines, piano-based structures, and melancholic overtones,
Let There Be Morning is as slow and steady as sunrise, and
as bittersweet as your morning coffee.
But don't expect too much sugar. Morning brings several
doses of mourning to the table, as frontman Ola Klüft's
aftereffects of failed relationships dominate the disc. Broken
hearts have been had ("Sway", "My Heart"),
high school make-out points are not to be revisited ("A
Reminder"), and seeing your ex's name in a song means it's
time to get back on the scene ("Going Out").
And when you have "Trouble Sleeping", "Pills"
may be the answer. On this depressive track, Klüft duets
with Sara Isaksson to illustrate a stark picture of a
couple who uses a bedtime dependency (not sex) to shield themselves
from the troubled truth of their reeling relationship ("One
may think we're alright/ but we need pills to sleep at night").
But amid all the mourning, the Perishers want morning to come,
as evidenced on the title track and the shiny melodies on "Sway",
"My Heart", and the jaunty "Still Here",
all of which share sonic similarities with Travis and
Although there's other Swedish "The" bands out there
(the Hives and the Caesars), the Perishers may
be the one group that sounds deceptively American, with Klüft's
vocals (sans accent) at times evoking the wistfulness and yearning
of Jakob Dylan.
Let There Be Morning is a promising first effort from
these Swedes. Its subdued nature won't garner a lot of attention,
but hopefully the Perishers won't become the Vanishers.
Standout Tracks: Sway, Trouble Sleeping, Pills, Still Here,
3. A Reminder
4. My Heart
5. Nothing Like You and I
6. Trouble Sleeping
7. Still Here
8. Going Out
10. Let There Be Morning
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