REVIEW: HOLOGRAMS - SELF-TITLED
Thursday 12 July 2012 at 2:41 pm
Swedish band, Holograms, have already made a name for themselves, boasting as one of the most blogged about artists in June via the Hype Machine. Their first, self-titled album is already bound for success.
Holograms - self-titled (Captured Tracks)
Sweden is typically portrayed as the paragon of Scandinavian socialist democracy, the kind of place where everyone is equal and life is generally safe and comfortable. All that orderliness demands its fair share of conformity, though, and if Stockholm’s Holograms are any indication, not everybody finds it so easy to make the necessary sacrifices. To wit: ‘We live in a sterile, boring country and have to create our own distractions.’ Armed with decrepit instruments, post-industrial industriousness, booze-fuelled impudence and foolish hope for something better, they wage war against the drudgery of dismal existence with their synth-driven post-punk anthems. The battery of hooks and incendiary sense of urgency they employ are potent enough to help listeners defeat boredom, too.