Year : 2018
Style : Melodic Rock , Funk Metal, Glam Metal
Country : Sweden
Audio : 320 kbps + scans
Size : 117 mb
The Electric Boys are a funk-rock metal band founded in Sweden in 1988, which enjoyed a cult status in Europe at the end of the decade.They were formed by Conny Bloom (real surname: Blomqvist) (guitar/vocals) and Andy Christell (bass). Originally a duo, they signed for Polygram and scored a local Swedish hit with the single "All Lips and Hips" in 1988, which according to some people is their best song so far.This early version of what would become perhaps the band's best-known hit also appeared that same year in America on the soundtrack to the movie Feds. The band then added second guitarist Franco Santunione and drummer Niklas Sigevall.In 1989, the band's debut album Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride, including a revamped version of "All Lips and Hips" was a success in Europe, and they picked up a strong following in Britain,where, as well as headlining small clubs, they supported Thunder. When headlining Newcastle upon Tyne, Riverside club, the band were joined on stage by the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, who were performing in the same venue at around the same time. The following year, the album was released in America, where they also became moderately successful, thanks to the singles "All Lips and Hips" and "Psychedelic Eyes." However, the follow-up album Groovus Maximus did not emerge until 1992, by which time grunge had swept all before it and the album was overall inferior to the debut. By the end of an American tour to promote it supporting Mr. Big, the band had lost Santunione and Sigevall and both North American and European record deals. Outgoing members were replaced by former Mogg drummer Thomas Broman and Martin Thomander (second guitar) and this line up released the band's third album, Freewheelin' on the Music For Nations label in Britain. The album attracted little interest and the band dissolved. In 2005, founders Bloom and Christell joined Hanoi Rocks.The Groovus Maximus album was recorded at the Abbey Road Studios in London. There were two music videos made from that album: "Mary in the Mystery World" and "Dying to be Loved." The "Dying to be Loved" video only had a budget of £100.The band reformed in 2009 and released And Them Boys Done Swang in 2011.
“We like guitar riffs, strong hooks and heavy grooves, performed on analog instruments. I guess you’d call it classic rock.” so says the opening line in the press release for the long awaited new album from Stockholm’s Electric Boys.I must first of all before I start this review, own up to a few things. First and foremost that I’m a fan of the band and have a copy (OK the three copies then) of their debut Swedish single as well as a few copies (OK maybe seven then) of the original Swedish release of their debut ‘Funk O Metal Carpet Ride’ I also believe that I have every format of every single they released either domestically, in the UK, US and Australia. But hey I’m a collector. I’ve also seen the band about a dozen times, mainly on their forays to the UK either headlining or with Thunder.But all that seems like rather a long time ago. After their glorious 1988 debut (or 1989 depending on where you were in the world) they released two further albums before taking an elongated break in 1994- ‘Groovus Maximum’ in 1992 and in 1994 ‘Freewheelin.” Neither album, if I’m honest, hit the heights of their debut (one of my favourite releases of the 80’s and therefore pretty high up there on the all time list) but both blew away 90% of the rubbish that Grunge foisted upon us.Resurfacing in 2009 they put out ‘And Them Boys Done Swang’ in 2011 a great album of which I said at the time:“This really is an album where you can take your pick! Every track is choice Grade A funked up Rock N Roll, driven by great riffs, kinda like early Aerosmith with bigger bass sound. There’s a heady mix of funk and psychedelic-driven rock in this store and it’s certainly the best since that debut.”Then there was 2014’s ‘Starflight United’ another great album. The question of course now is how do they sound a further 4 years down the track with ‘The Ghost Ward Diaries’ an album I signed up to the Pledge campaign for with a likely release date slated for November and which I have in my hot little hands now at the start of September.Opener and first single “Hangover In Hannover” starts with a timeless riff that could have been forged by AC/DC before Bloom’s vocal kicks in – it’s a song that does all that you’d hope the band would do – it’s fierce, it’s fiery, built on a driving melodic life-force, and a huge chorus and searing guitars that set it all alight. It’s pure Electric Boys.“There She Goes Again” that follows is even more melodic, even more monumental, with a sweet building chorus of Beatles-like proportions and insistent riff that gives you a huge smile before “You Spark My Heart” reaches out.It’s a melodic uplifting demi-ballad , sweet and crisp and invoking a real seventies rock feel that hits the mark.Now let’s get funky! “Love Is A Funny Feeling” is the first track that lays down what you might think of as that traditional Electric Boys funky beat, and does it with aplomb to really open up the party before “Gone Gone Gone” the first slower number here cuts in. It’s a stylish 70’s style sweet soulful grower of a song that wouldn’t be out of place on a vintage Bad Co album.The album is split down the middle by “Swampmotofrog” an funky little instrumental stomp that fits beautifully here and heralds the most back-to-basics song on the album: “First The Money, Then The Honey” – a groovy little rock and roller, simple and effective made to get the feet tapping and the blood pumping. That in turn gives way to a glorious closing trifecta heralded first by “Rich Man, Poor Man” one of my favourites here, which comes across with all the attitude of a funky little vintage Aerosmith rocker before “Knocked Out By Tyson” another breezy and funky number with a mild psychedelic bite kicks away the jambs and “One Of The Fallen Angels” closes the album with wailing guitar and a lighter sheen. It’s a great slab of ‘blue sky’ rock awash with melodies and a great riff that in days of yore would have heralded a stadium singing along at the chorus hit.“Lyric wise it’s a bit darker than before; little diaries from times on the road and the struggle in between.” says Connie, and whilst that comes across at times this is an album that delivers but which also pushes the boundaries just a little more than the other two reformation albums to date. The more I play this the more I love it.The first radio single and music video from the upcoming album, “Hangover In Hannover”, is due to be released in late September.
Guitarist/vocalist: Conny Bloom
Bassist: Andy Christell
Guitarist: Franco Santunione
Drummer: Niclas Sigevall
and new drummer: Jolle Atlagic (The Quill/Hanoi Rocks)
01. Hangover In Hannover
02. There She Goes Again
03. You Spark My Heart
04. Love Is A Funny Feeling
05. Gone Gone Gone
07. First The Money, Then The Honey
08. Rich Man, Poor Man
09. Knocked Out By Tyson
10. One Of The Fallen Angels
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