A band has found itself new: "Holy Moly!" is the third longplayer of the Blues Pills, and this time they had the ambition and the know-how to do and produce almost everything themselves. In two phone calls with frontwoman Elin Larsson at the beginning of the year and a few weeks ago, they not only talked about the new album to be released on August 21st, but also about the departure of guitarist Dorian Sorriaux and his band-internal successor.
The front row of the Blues Pills was completely ready to talk, as she knows that "Lady In Gold: Live In Paris", which she recorded in October 2016 in the Halle Le Trianon in front of 1200 enthusiastic fans and which will be released on November 3rd as Blu-ray or DVD plus double CD, is her best live product so far.
But the home advantage spoke for an interview with Dorian Sorriaux, Blues Pills' French guitarist. Swedish colleague Elin Larsson says about him: "There will come a day when I will proudly claim to have played with Dorian in a band"
And US bassist Zack Anderson adds: "When Cory [Berry; original drummer fired in 2014], Elin and I discovered Dorian back then, we knew he'd make the difference." Besides Sorriaux, Anderson and Larsson, Berry's successor André Kvarnström and keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Rickard Nygren were on stage during the "Lady In Gold" tour.
BLUES PILLS - Little Boy Preacher (3:33)
Album: Lady In Gold (2016)
Label/Distribution: Nuclear Blast/Warner
After the smooth introduction with the title track, the second Blues Pills-Longplayer really takes off with "Little Boy Preacher". Both on the album and on the sampler song the band from Örebro seems more soulful, subtle and mature. Elin Larsson in particular benefits from this orientation.
As impetuous as on the first EPs or the longplayer debut, "Lady In Gold" is rarely approached. The hypnotic opening track immediately sets the tone for the new studio work. The piece sounds like an Alabama Shakes number has been injected with a few units of psychedelic blues rock.
Rock'n'roll in the conference room. Blues Pills have come this far by now. During the first personal conversation eclipsed with Dorian Sorriaux and Elin Larsson, only a few kilometres away from the current meeting point in a noble hotel in Cologne, things were much less civilized: half-naked and sweaty after a support gig for Orchid, the band welcomed us in the backstage room of the mangy, albeit charming, building 9. That was less than three years ago, and even then it was clear to us that a rough diamond was beginning to sparkle. The 2014 release of the first longplayer led to further pats on the back. But now with the second album in their luggage there is hardly any stopping. Lady In Gold" puts the Blues Pills at the top of the retro rock movement.
eclipsed: Journalists always break off when they have to describe where the multinational band Blues Pills comes from. But now you all live in Örebro, Sweden. So: Blues Pills from Sweden, right?
On Sunday, 16 April, the Donz village near the Swabian Alb is visited by journalists. The idyllic spot in Lautertal is the home of Nuclear Blast. Since its foundation in 1987, the record company has become a global player in the metal business. In the meantime, however, the label makers have also turned to the less metallic rock sector.
Besides acts like the Black Star Riders and Kadavar there are at the moment mainly the Swedish high-flyers Blues Pills who have Nuclear Blast in their pool. Since the release of their self-titled debut album two years ago, the band around exceptional singer Elin Larsson has made a truly impressive ascent. The quartet has already become the flagship of Retro Rock, the area dedicated to the sound and feeling of the seventies.
The Story of Quadrophenia
"'Tommy' changed everything and saved us," Pete Townshend remembers in the introductory essay to the 2011 re-release of "Quadrophenia". Basically, The Who had been a singles band in the sixties; the sudden intellectualization of pop music had posed a new, unexpected challenge to its thought leader. "People suddenly wanted to hear 'serious' music from pop groups.
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