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The Perishers
Let There Be Morning
Nettwerk Records

Let there be…mourning?

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 Keane.

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.

-Ken Devine

Standout Tracks: Sway, Trouble Sleeping, Pills, Still Here, Going Out

Track Listing:
1. Weekends
2. Sway
3. A Reminder
4. My Heart
5. Nothing Like You and I
6. Trouble Sleeping
7. Still Here
8. Going Out
9. Pills
10. Let There Be Morning

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