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Classic Album Review: Last Days of April | Angel Youth

These poppy Swedish alt-rockers stand out from their harder-hitting homies.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I wrote back then (with some minor editing):


Since they hail from the metal-encrusted shores of Sweden and pen tunes with titles like Glowing Me Choking You and Life Companion Murphy’s Law, it’s easy to be fooled into thinking Last Days Of April are another high-impact skatepunk or death-thrash outfit.

In fact, this foursome’s second album showcases them as a remarkably sophisticated, surprisingly poppy alt-rock/emo unit. Singer-guitarist and principal songwriter Karl Larsson’s plaintive, fragile voice might remind you of The WeakerthansJohn K. Samson. Or maybe Billy Corgan — that certainly fits with the mood of infinite sadness and the intricate walls of throbbing guitar used to construct many of these bleak, wintry tracks. Yes, wintry — in truth, these lonely tales have more in common with the last days of February than April. Still, you can’t deny that these guys distinguish themselves not only from most of the emo crowd, but from most of their hard-hitting homies.