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Graveyard / Imperial State Electric

Live Review

Venue: Electric Ballroom, London

Soul-searching Swedes transcend ‘retro’ tag

Entombed and Hellacopters guitar hero Nicke Andersson hits the stage tonight with his latest project, IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC [8], and the Ballroom’s heaving already.

Their infectious garage rock is all uptempo beats and sunny grooves, with the band galloping with gusto across the stage, no doubt fuelled by the pumped-up punters.

 

GRAVEYARD [8] are often lumped into the category of ‘retro’ bands who emulate 60s and 70s blues rock, but the Swedes’ music, a melting pot of eerily erratic riffs with dark yet delicate melodies, has earned them a status beyond any passing trend. 

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