I went to Bumbershoot yesterday and had an awesome time. Highlights were Thee Oh Sees, Doug Loves Movies, and The Kills. I also came away with this badass Agalloch West Coast tour poster (despite the lack of metal bands playing that day) -
The artist’s name is David V. D’Andrea and he is based in Portland. Here is his site. I was immediately drawn to his style, and I realized I had actually bought a shirt from him a few years ago at the Pitchfork festival. He has done posters for plenty of fantastic bands including Black Mountain, Graveyard, Grails, and Wovenhand. If I had more money I would buy all of these.
My first introduction to Swedish musicians was with The Hives back in high school. Then later, Tallest Man on Earth, Jens Lekman, and the list goes on. Lately I have found an even smaller niche in Sweden’s musical output; classic rock revival. First I was introduced to Witchcraft, who have their Black Sabbath imitation down pat, and then came Graveyard. Their first album is a decent effort. It has a driving classic rock sound, but lacks any stand-out guitar hooks. Hisingen Blues is one of those rare follow-up albums that takes everything good about the first release and builds upon it. This album has hooks, psychedelic tinges, doom sections, pretty much everything you would expect from a Mountain/Black Sabbath mashup band. Swedish people know what is up, as Graveyard outsold Britney Spears when Hisingen Blues was released in Sweden.
Normally I don’t post straight up rock ‘n roll but I have been blasting this album for a month, and sometimes you just need to rock.