Based in Sweden, but drawing members from the States, and France as well as Sweden, Blues Pills present as diverse a lineage as their musical influences. Bassist Zack Anderson took the time to speak to me about the new LP, Lady In Gold.
El Jefe: Could you tell me a bit about the new record, recording experiences around it and how you approached it differently to the first LP?
ZackAnderson: The first one was a bit easier due to the fact that we already had the songs written. This time around, we were touring all the time and didn’t have many opportunities to stop and write. Because of this, we also had to work a lot harder to get it together. So the writing process was a lot slower. We’d go into the studio and put a few things down at a time and gradually add to it. This was done over about two years. But the actual recording process was much the same as the first record. We used the same studio and engineer, just spent more time writing and recording. And because the songs were a lot more diverse and had moved away a bit from the late ‘60s / early ‘70s blues rock of the first record, we were a bit worried about how this one would be received. We’ve introduced a lot of soul and Motown, and even folk. Elin (Larsson – vocals) is a huge Aretha Franklin fan (no surprises there! EJ) and added a lot of this into her vocals. So far, everyone has been really positive about it. Continue reading →
Blues Pills are a psyche-rock band based in Sweden, but they aren’t your regular garden variety stoner band. The rhythm section is tight as fuck, but with a fluidity to their groove that gives the perfect backing to showcase some incredible guitar playing. But for my money the element that sets them apart from most other bands, is the soulful, mind-blowing blues wail of front woman Elin Larsson. It’s the kind of voice that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck.
This self-titled release kicks off with High Class Woman. The bass and drums rip into a rhythmic throb, punctuated with some big, chunky chords from the guitar of Dorian Sorriaux and straight up, Elin lays her cards down and hits us right between the eyes with the awesome power of her voice.
The below 10 –> 1 list is from my HEAVY Magazine Staff Top 10 Albums for 2013 List, under that I had to add some more as it’s just so hard to narrow things down! Check out the HEAVY link for some more kick arse lists. Some amazing releases amongst them!