Towards the end of the year there are still new records worth sharing. Please meet Violet Cheri. This Swedish indie rock band – Daniel Hoff (vocals, lyrics (in English)), Kimie Valentin (guitars), Melker Höckert (drums), Robin Wiksander (bass), and Hugo Wiggman (guitars) – have released a debut album to cherish. They have poured all their blood, sweat and fear into the 11 songs on Sölvesborg for four years, and they are justifiably proud of the end result. It has everything that often makes first albums the best: an outburst of unbridled fresh eagerness and slightly naive creative ideas, with clearly audible pleasure in playing together. It’s rattling rock with expressive, jangly guitars, convincing (harmony) vocals with irrepressible whoo-hoos and pa-pa-pas, and original melodic structures. The enthusiasm of the band is contagious, this is music that makes you long to be able to jump along live.
“A thousand days has passed // Since we held hands // Still I can’t help but wonder // How life turned out for you // Do you still paint? // Do you still write? // ‘cause I still sing those silly songs // About the days gone by”
Sölvesborg is out now digitally through Svart Kaffe Records, a vinyl LP will follow soon.