“In a post-modern society where logic is generally valued over spirituality, music is one of those mysteries that slipped through the cracks.”
It’s this kind of philosophical approach to life that has in large part influenced London-based international acid rockers Swedish Death Candy’s forthcoming second album Are You Nervous?. Like so many young people in 2019, the members of Swedish Death Candy find themselves living in a state of uncertainty—not just in reference to the obvious current political unrest in the UK. “Environmental issues, technological advances…it feels like we’re on the brink of massive change,” says vocalist / guitarist Louis Perry, “so ‘Are You Nervous?’ felt like an appropriate title. I’m a big sci-fi fan, and the best science fiction is generally a social commentary based in a futuristic universe. I feel like we’re living in that time. We aren’t far from the future that a lot of the classic sci-fi novels refer to.”
Completed by guitarist Francesco Codardo, bassist Jiwoon Whang, and drummer Marco Ninni, the band were able to spend much more time considering individual sounds and how they fit within the sonic spectrum on the new album, hand-selecting the perfect tone for each moment. “To use a painting metaphor,” says Perry, “it felt like each brush stroke and colour combination was considered, as opposed to the first record, which was more like a photograph in that it was an attempt to capture the energy of a moment.” Recorded with Tobin Jones and assistant engineer Lucas Mendez at The Park Studios in Wembley, it’s a deeper delve into the band’s sprawling cultural influences than they’ve ever committed to tape before.
With their self-titled debut album very much a live record that was written and recorded through jam sessions, the band re-focused on their songwriting craft for album two, bringing fully formed tracks to the studio and working intensively on arrangements. As a result, AYN? is a more concise and considered injection of SDC’s influences than ever before. Whilst retaining their core psych-sound, there’s a heaviness to SDC that seems latent within the band; gut-twisting, rolling riffs, dripping in distortion, ooze naturally from their skin.
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