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Physical Rocket - 2001 Rising Is My Trend

Eva Ronnovist - vocals
Jonas Asplund - guitars
Peter Karbelius - bass
Svante Lindqvist - drums

Physical Rocket are among a number of Swedish bands who are angling for that retro market. It seems to be a style that bands from that neck of the woods are gravitating towards.. finding solace in music blasting out of the airwaves during the late sixties. One can tell from the album jacket that the scene is set circa 1968! Indeed, a band out of time perhaps.. but in any case, this lot have been together for about five years now, and have dedicated their sound to the trippy hips of the late sixties and early seventies. In vocalist Eva Ronnovist, one can't help compare to the power of sixties chick rockers Grace Slick and Janis Joplin. Perhaps styled on female led bands like Jefferson Airplane or Shocking Blue? Musically though, Physical Rocket have an infectious brand of music: described as part classic, part stoner, and part psychedelic rock. The band themselves say they are modelled on the likes of dinosaurs Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Cream, Black Sabbath and Motorhead! Being a modern band, yes there are a few hints of todays artists in there, early Lenny Kravitz for example, but by and large, the classic guitar stylings of Asplund and the extremely busy bass lines of Karbelius definitely tell you which decade where dealing with here..

The Songs
Kicking off with 'Rocksong', the guitars are groove laden, and emphasise Eva's vocal presence. The next track is excellent! The kick-ass title track 'Rising Is My Trend', which is the musical equivalent of an amphetamine fix, clocking in at a short 2m 22sec! 'Thats Me Living' is a stompin' sixties flavoured tune, followed by the intense workout that is 'Ovation To The Moon'. Check out 'Blue Tune' if you're into sixties guitar heroes a la Hendrix, Beck or Clapton.. definitely a track with a blues theme. 'On The Way Down' is a bit of early seventies guitar swank and swagger. On the track 'Me!' we head off into the rabid territory frequented by Motorhead. Wow, talk about a contrast, guess you'll be banging your head or tapping your feet with gay abandon! The pace is kept up on the powerful 'Your Chances'.. this ones good too!

In Summary
Physical Rocket make no pretences with their style, thumbing their nose up at todays excuse for contemporary music. Again, Sweden leads the way, following the likes of the band Lotus, there is every possibility that a label like Record Heaven could become interested in a band like this. Give the album a solid listen, and it does things to your senses. Listen to it while you're watching Austin Powers movies and perhaps you too will take a trip (literally) back to the groovy heydays of the late sixties. Yeah baby!


Track Listing:
01 Rocksong
02 Rising Is My Trend
03 That's Me Living
04 Ovation To The Moon
05 Black Flag
06 Blue Tune
07 On The Way Down
08 Me
09 Your Chances
10 Rumination
11 Hold On (To What You've Got)

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