KVLR - s/t (IAT001)


March 24th, 2004

KVLR's self-titled third album is informed and inspired by the heavy duty sounds of And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Chavez, Swervedriver, Sonic Youth, Jawbox, Fugazi, Fireside, and a touch of mid-nineties alt rock. KVLR, a four-piece from Umeå in Northern Sweden, rise above their influences by using the sounds and styles these bands pioneered -- in new ways. There is a lot of complex melodicism and rhythmic counterpoint at work here, and it's not just limited to the guitars. Magnificently noisy, aggressive and angular, this is KVLR's masterpiece; their punk roots are shaded with expansive arrangements and experimental flourish, a bombastic blend of the DC punk, Chicago noise, British shoegaze rock and European post-hardcore scene. This is easily one of the best indierock albums to see the light of day on either side of the Atlantic. Produced and engineered by Komeda's Lena Karlsson and Marcus Holmberg. Lena also contributes vocals to two tracks, including the European single "Slow Clapping".

01. Last rhyme
02. Fed on the hook
03. Slow clapping
04. Spit
05. Red bulletin
06. Traitors and thieves
07. Road closure
08. Birthcam
09. Whitewash
10. Whats left belongs to no one