TV Ghost // Atomic Bride
KEXP and CHOP SUEY Present:
A year plus on after the release of their debut LP, Sweden’s Holograms have returned with their second full length, Forever. After a year and a half of touring, losing their jobs, parts of their sanity and returning home only with the hope that their hard work will eventually pay off, they embarked on a new record drawing from the experiences that had simultaneously excited and exhausted the members.
Frontmen Andreas Lagerström (vocals/bass) and Anton Strandberg (drums) still live in working class Farsta, 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of urbane and metropolitan Stockholm while the brothers’ Spetze (Anton: vocals/guitar, Filip: synth) still live at home. This isolation and boredom after their first international tours led the group to further mature and grow their sound into a record far more cohesive and “big-sounding” than their debut. The band aimed to capture the feeling of music being played in a church or temple, “like a mass…procession, or eulogy” as clearly demonstrated on closing track “Lay Us Down.” Though matured and experienced, the band’s youthful energy and DiY/Punk upbringing is still upfront and in full effect with the caustic “A Sacred State,” the melodic attack of “Rush,” or the unbridled mass-of-energy-cut-loose of “A Blaze on the Hillside.” Clearly, Holograms show no signs of slowing down the excitement and aggression of their original sound, something to delight their growing audience in this current world of arrogant sonic about-faces on sophomore albums.
Forever is more than the next set of songs from Holograms. It’s a fully realized album that fans will relish for years to come. Songwriting and anthemic choruses as classic as the William Bouguereau painting they chose as the basis of their cover, though presented in a new and exciting way. A way perhaps best described with Holograms’ own words for the essence of their music “..energy, honesty, heart and spirit.”
TV Ghost’s practice of coaptation began in the winter of 2006, when the young virtuosos birthed a disheveled, experimental noise nurtured by raw ambition. The avant-garde sound led them to the beginning stages of their career, releasing a single, Atomic Rain B/W Bird Flu, with Die Stasi Records in 2007 (youngest member only 14). In the same year they issued a self-titled 12″, again, with Die Stasi. One year later they were signed with In The Red Records out of Los Angeles, California. In July of 2009, In The Red released their debut album, Cold Fish, evoking a sinsister ambiance with terror-stricken waves of guitar and discomforting vocals. Two years after Cold Fish, their sophomore album, Mass Dream, made clear of the maturity and experience they had gained as individual musicians; with less erraticism, rage, and scuzz, it produced grotesque articulation with a darker mood. Although, often compared to early-Echo and The Bunnymen and/or The Cramps, due to Gick’s lamenting vocals, it is rather cheap to associate them with such proverbial post-punk legends. TV Ghost is obstensibly their own and if there must be a comparison they would be the children of horror soundtracks bound to dreams; steadily innovating and evolving their sound with age, Disconnect breaks the barrier for these Midwest boys.
$10 ADV / $12 DOS // 9PM DOORS // 21+