You can always count on the Swedes to bring the rock.
And if those Swedes happen to be the men and woman of Blues Pills, you can count on them to bring it straight from the blues-and-garage-fuelled glory days of the late ’60s and early ’70s — complete with hard-driving boogie beats, wah-wah pedal guitar action and powerhouse female vocals midway between Janis Joplin and Alison Mosshart. One spin of their third album leaves no doubt: Holy Moly! is an understatement.
THE PRESS RELEASE: “The history of Blues Pills can seem simple. The rock quartet formed in late 2011 by Zack Anderson and Elin Larsson went straight from playing at dirty, crowded bars to playing festivals such as Download, Rock am Ring and Wacken Open Air. A true success story? Not really. Under the layers of heavy psychedelic blues rock and Larsson’s soulful and powerful voice, the core of Blues Pills has always been the restless search for change. Change in the human mind and the musical influences they embraced themselves with, from blackened soul to the trippy rides through ’60s garage-rock and the devil’s blues. During their break, Blues Pills went through some kind of reincarnation. A reincarnation that lead to a new self produced and recorded album summer 2020 mixed by Grammy Award-winning Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy Pop, Black Sabbath). If you were blazed by heaviness of their first self-titled album, and tripped to the psychedelic soul of Lady In Gold (#1 Germany) you won’t be immune to the effects of this third dose. Empowered by Kristoffer Schander aka the definition of a cool bass player, along with banana-loving drummer André Kvarnström, Larsson’s haunting voice and Anderson on lead guitar, the band have gone back to their roots. Back to the raw power of rock ’n’ roll and blues with a pinch of soul. During the band’s short break they built their own studio, Lindbacka Sounds, in an old factory in the rural area of Närke, Sweden and filled it up with analog recording equipment, and their own personal demons haunting them in their sleep. Exhausted and empty after the long years of touring all over the world they went back to basics, and the last years of highs and lows lead to a more autobiographical album. Elin, Zack and André spent most of their waking hours writing songs, recording and changing. Over and over, until they were all completely satisfied. And now they’re back and ready to give the world another helping of their heavy rockin’ tunes.”