Electric Haze is a fairly new Swedish band, formed in 2014, and based in Umeå in northern Sweden (not too far from my old stomping grounds in Skellefteå, as a matter of fact). The band describes itself like this: “Born as an offspring to the rock giants of the seventies and eighties, Electric Haze combines soaring rock vocals with thundering drums, growling bass and screaming guitars.” Not a bad origin story, and the description does capture the band’s sound on this self-titled 6-track debut.
Blending influences from 1970s and 1980s rock, this is the kind of album that gives you a darn good feeling about the band’s future: well-written tunes, solid rock and roll skills, a healthy measure of vocal and musical talent, and a good sound. It’s also great to listen to a band that clearly aims for something other than paint-by-numbers rock, with more ambitious tunes and melodies.
‘Can’t Handle The Brakes’ starts things off – it’s a track with a free-riding, happy-go-lucky vibe, kind of like driving down the highway with your hair (hopefully) rippling in the breeze. Next track ‘Endlessly’ comes on with catchy riffs, clear-clean vocals, and a romantic, dreamy vibe.
One of my favourite tracks on ‘Electric Haze’ is ‘Fever’, featuring heavier drums and riffs and a loose and jamming feel. The vocals go a shade darker for the boozy-hazy lyrics, and there’s a trippy interlude that I really love as well.
‘(Shut Up) Shuffle And Deal’ speeds things up with a lot of ripping good bass- and guitar-work (plus a howl in the vocals), while the catchy ‘Crucify Me’ has a groove and vibe I really like. Final track ‘Master & Slave’ starts off with a distorted riff, and goes decidedly heavy and hooky, for a terrific finish to this solid debut release.
Electric Haze is a band worth watching. There’s a richness to the band’s sound that is really promising, and there’s a weight and heft to the tunes that makes you want to come back for seconds.
‘Electric Haze’ is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and elsewhere!
- Can’t Handle The Brakes
- (Shut Up) Shuffle And Deal
- Crucify Me
- Master & Slave
- Anton Ekström – Vox
- Tommy Töyrä – Guitars
- André Ekström – Bass
- Yuppie Andersson – Drums