So occasionally I will be talking about some of those bands, trying to spread some of the love around, and I shall start off the series with a Swedish band who was first introduced to me by the lovely and talented Allison.
I listened to David and the Citizens quite a lot when I first heard them. Then, as more new music came into the house, the only cd of theirs which I was able to find got moved further back on the shelf, although I did put them onto some mixes. Last week, though, the cd pictured above found permanent rotation in my car, in my kitchen, and pretty much wherever else I could spin a disk.
These guys are actually pretty big in Sweden and they are just so good. Their music is criminally infectious - upbeat and highly melodic, while at the same time being highly personal and often in the acoustic vein. On their website they offer lots of music from their vast back catalogue, including mp3s and streaming of the songs on their upcoming 3rd full-length release "Stop the Tape! Stop the Tape!", which has a somewhat darker, less organic sound, the acoustic guitars have been liberally replaced with electric.
Frontman David Fridlund, pretty much the only unchanged citizen since the band's 1999 inception, has a wonderfully emotional voice, passionate and pleading, with just the slightest hint of a very endearing lisp. I admit I'm not sure which roles the other band members fill, but somebody sure does some great handclaps, and horns! And those are always welcome around the Zombie house.
If you are looking for some music you may not know, do yourself a favour and head over to David and the Citizens' website, where you'll find lots of great music, tonnes of photos adorably labeled in Swenglish, and loads of other goodies, including a shout-out to another great band that not enough people have heard of - Neutral Milk Hotel.
In the meanwhile, you can take a listen to these: