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Albums Of The Week: Viagra Boys | Cave World

Absurd times call for absurd measures — which is what the Swedish post-punks serve up on this massive collection swaggering intensity, bizarro bravado & noisy brilliance.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “In this time of strife, insanity and confusion, only one band is depraved enough to offer themselves up as herald. Like sin-eaters if sins had to be ingested from a very small spoon, Viagra Boys have consumed the utterly incomprehensible chaos of our era and distilled it into 12 immaculate tracks of post-truth-cow-funk-kraut-wave-enlightenment. This album is a pure feral attack and an absolute immense release.

Some say Viagra Boys are something akin to a mirror for the absurdum of existence and illusions of realness. A twisted and ferociously bass-driven judgement on western society. A distorted 24/7 party on the acid highway going nowhere fast. Or perhaps more like a crude joke on modern masculinity, serving up escapist narratives lacking any form of self-preservation, like an obscure back-alley door into the backwaters of the human psyche.

Metaphors aside, Viagra Boys is an unapologetically raw sextet comprised of classically trained jazz musicians, karaoke-loving tattoo artists and seasoned hardcore scene veterans, churning out spastic, pulsating sounds from the sub levels of contemporary rock music — a bellowing, unstoppable force majeure of latter-day punk, PTSD disco and synthetically enhanced kraut. As equal parts Iggy Pop and Hank Williams, singer and frontman Sebastian Murphy embodies all that which Viagra Boys are ultimately about; a fractured, perhaps disillusioned act, wrapped up and held together by inextinguishable bravado, explosive appearances and resourceful songwriting.”