Guess if i was suprised when i found this in my mailbox today, two weeks before scheduled release (January 27 is the releasedate). The first single off Imperial State Electric’s coming album “Pop War” is a track called “Sheltered in the sand”, and if you have heard the band before you know what to expect, 60s/70s influenced rock n roll with a pop-ish vibe to it, nothing more nothing less.
Nicke Andersson is a great composer wich he proved with The Hellacopters wich he also fronted, and i think that this song reminds a bit of the songs on the album “High Visability”. The chorus in “Sheltered in the sand” sticks after just a couple of times and if the rest of the songs on the album is as good we have a really nice treat before us.
On the B-side there is a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Black widow blues”, a really cool tune. I can honestly say i never even heard ot Townes Van Zandt before this, he was a american singer/songwriter active in the 60s/70s, but after hearing this version i will for sure check up the original one too. Guess it don’t sound anything near the Imperial State Electric version cause Nicke is amazing at taking other songs and making it sound like his own.
“Pop War” will be released in March.
Side A: Sheltered in the sand
Side B: Black widow blues