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Imperial State Electric - 2015 Honk Machine

ARTIST: Imperial State Electric
ALBUM: Honk Machine
LABEL: Psychout
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Nicke Andersson - vocals, guitar * Dolph de Borst - vocals, bass * Tobias Egge - vocals, guitar * Thomas Eriksson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Let Me Throw My Life Away * 02 Anywhere Loud * 03 Guard Down * 04 All Over My Head * 05 Maybe You're Right * 06 Walk On By * 07 Another Armageddon * 08 Lost In Losing You * 09 Just Let Me Know * 10 Colder Down Here * 11 It Ain't What You Think (It's What You Do)



I don't usually get overblown by a Scandi band that tries to replicate the 70's power-pop from the US, but Sweden's Imperial State Electric kinda blew me off the map in that regard. Thanks to RKBLUEZ, this band sorta came at me like a whack in the side of the head, and I've totally enjoyed what they have to offer. I had to scratch my head when researching the band. Though they originate from Stockholm, bassist Dolph de Borst also spent time with New Zealand rockers The Datsuns, though ISE are in a different league when compared to the aforementioned Kiwi rockers. Kiwis and Swedes? Err nah. However, if you like The Raspberries in their prime time, then ISE should attract magentos to your radar in ultra quick time.

The Songs
Though this is their fourth album (and yes, I intend catching up on the first three albums), 'Honk Machine' is not short on excitement. Man, they get cracking from the outset. And as mentioned, if you like the early 70's party power-pop of Eric Carmen and The Raspberries, then you should dive in deep. 'Let Me Throw My Life Away' will catch you safely like a life guard at Huntington Beach during August! Lest it be not a suicidal mission! Capture the near perfect pop of 'Anywhere Loud', and you'll be returning to the 70's as if in a lucid dream. 'Guard Down' tends to punk it up a bit, and if the lyric sounds like 'god damn', then at least I'm not alone. Acoustics kick in for 'All Over My Head', a jangly but high energy number. 'Maybe I'm Right' contains more power-pop elements, while 'Walk On By' slides back into a 60's Merseyside pop aspect. 'Lost In Losing You' sounds like a 70's power trio on steroids, whereas 'Just Let Me Know' settles in the heart of power-pop territory with ease. 'It Ain't What You Think' is a 70's rocker more in keeping with early Montrose, and concludes a most entertaining set.

In Summary
Honk Machine' comes at you from various angles. Power pop and 70's hard rock mostly, though packaged in a modern Swedish package. It should appeal to most GDM readers easily, though there are three prior albums to investigate, which I will do in the next few weeks. As mentioned, The Raspberries should get your attention, so go to it and do some digging on your own!

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#1 | Explorer on October 28 2015 12:25:27
Any mention of the Raspberries gets my taste buds going, off to check these guys out pronto.
#2 | gdazegod on October 28 2015 12:33:54
Imperial State Electric - 2015 Al Over My Head
#3 | gdazegod on October 28 2015 12:37:36
Imperial State Electric - 2015 Anywhere Loud
#4 | Explorer on August 14 2016 21:34:34
Just got an advance copy of their new album `All Through the Night`...tremendous. Look out for a review shortly.
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