The Swedish electro-goth sextet The Exploding Boy will be releasing the LP Alarms! on the 18th of May.
The Exploding Boy
When introduced in 2013 The Exploding Boy were a quartet, who still remain, with Richard on Bass and Mattias on bass adding to the lineup. Rather than adding volume or compression to the music over the years, time and tide have washed the output with more defined shadows and stretching architecture creating music of more gothic frame than previous tracks featured.
A couple of songs have been revealed from the album – the most recent being the third of the eleven The Day.
The B-side of the release (available on bandcamp) – The Fool – is one in which a plaintiff vocal elicits a teary-eyed response by the listener enhanced further by the stark guitar which accompanies the voice.
Those of longer stay with the site may well recall The Exploding Boy from back in 2013 with its menacing countenance – Johan Sjöblom – is the common thread.
The Exploding Boy an alt-indie rock band from Stockholm in Sweden is Johan (Vocals / Acoustic Guitar), Stefan (Vocals / Electric Guitar), Les (Lead Guitar) and Nick (Keyboards).
The Exploding Boy
Like a dark cellar dripping moss down the walls The Exploding Boy take the darker side of rock and transfix the listener with some sumptuous sounds. Hints of early 80’s new wave resounds through much of the material, which to my ears is no bad thing as the synth is deployed to add atmosphere, not as a focal point and it works well, as the instruments crawl over the nerve endings with their delightful reverb as the vocal matches the mood and topping off the experience is an ever present percussion which drives the whole thing forward. The acoustic, which you may expect to be lost inside the activity, when deployed, becomes the centre of attention as it describes so well the contexts, clever stuff.
The music plays well when you are in that state of mind when you are needing something to feed it, as the overall effect allows the brain to wander on a tour of imagery.
A new ten track LP – Four – was released today and welcome it is too, having had the opportunity to hear some of the older material and this latest release those who know The Exploding Boy won’t be disappointed and those who don’t, it is a good place to start.