Artist: Imperial State Electric / Smoke Mohawk
Label: Lightning Records
Talking about the upcoming Imperial State Electric vinyl single in my previous post, here is another brand new single by the band wich was released last week. This is a split single with Norweigan band Smoke Mohawks, i don’t know much about them other than they features member(s) from Glueficer.
On this single both bands do one cover each of a Blue Öyster Cult song, a really fun idea i think, and as always Nicke and his Imperial State Electric boys manage do to it very very good. Check it out before it’s sold out, wich usually happens really quick when it comes to Imperial State Electric singles. The single is released in 500 copies on black vinyl.
Side A: (Imperial State Electric) Cagey cretins
Side B: (Smoke Mohawk) Flaming telepaths
Imperial State Electric is set to release the brand new vinyl single Can’t Seem To Shake It Off My Mind on October 17th. The single will feature the song “Can’t seem to shake it off my mind” from the album Pop War and the exclusive B-side “Cry a little longer” and the single will be released in 500 copies on the Psychout Records label in black vinyl. You can see the single artwork on the left.
Artist: Imperial State Electric
Title: I Ain’t Gonna Be History
Label: Onslaught Of Steel
So it finally arrives, the 6th 7″-single from Nicke Andersson’s Imperial State Electric. Before anything else i must say that i love the cover, not so much the art of the cover but the fact how the cover is made, you see the fish wich holds the actual vinyl, i just love it when i get albums and singles that look a bit different. If you wanna see how the record look with the single in it, and the way the frontcover is shaped to hold the actual vinyl, you can click here.
The single have two cover songs, the A-side’s title track “I Ain’t Gonna Be History” originally by The Maniacs wich is a fast rock n roll tune wich is hard to not love, and as always when it comes to Nicke Andersson he makes it sound like his own song. On the B-side is the slower and not too exciting track “Wild Tales” originally by Graham Nash, this song is not that special i think so when i put this single on the turntable it is to enjoy the A-side, that for sure.
The single was released in a total of 500 copies, 100 on white vinyl and 400 on black vinyl. Sadly i missed out on the white vinyl but still glad i got hold of the black one, after all it’s the music that is important…. eventhough it’s so much sweeter to have the most limited edition!
Side A: I ain’t gonna be history
Side B: Wild tales
Here is a really cool acoustic version of the song “Uh huh” that Imperial State Electric performed at the bands releaseparty for the album Pop War at Debaser Slussen in Stockholm, Sweden on March 8. Enjoy!
Artist: Imperial State Electric
Title: Pop War
This album have been rotating nonstop on my turntable ever since i got it, i think it’s really brilliant! As the title indicates Nicke Andersson here takes his Imperial State Electric to a more melodic pop vibe, if the debut album was a popish rock album i would say that this album is a bit more rockish pop album if you know what i mean. The vinyl opens up really strong with one of the best track on the album “Uh Huh” wich is a really good tune with hooks and melodies that sticks with you, just plain listening pleasure as always when Nicke is releasing music. And the albums just keeps going from that point on, sure it have a few songs wich isnt that top-notch but overall its a great album, and at this point i must say i like this one better than the debut. My favourite tracks are “Uh Huh”, “Sheltered In The Sand”, The Narrow Line” and “Enough To Break Your Heart”.
The biggest different on this album compare to earlier Imperial State Electric releases is that this time they have recorded the album as a band, and not Nicke doing all the stuff by himself. He simply brought in his touringband to join in with the recodingsessions.
When the art for the cover was first released i wasnt that pleased with it, it looked kinda silly, well it still kind of does, but holding the vinyl infront of you it sure looks very stylish, clean so to speak, delivered in a really nice gatefold sleeve wich have the lyrics and a collage of the band on the inside of the foldout. This version i picked up is the red vinyl limited to 600 copies, the album is also released in clear and black vinyl. And as i couldn’t find any song from the album on YouTube i have added the track “Rock Science” for you to listen to, the track is from the boardgame with the same name. Enjoy!
Side A: Uh huh, The narrow line, Can’t seem to shake it off my mind, Back on main, Waltz for vincent
Side B: Sheltered in the sand, Empty hands, Monarchy madness, Deride and conquer, Enough to break your heart
Imperial State Electric will release a brand new 7″-vinyl single February 25 on the label Onslaught Of Steel Records. The 7″ will include two covers; “I Ain’t Gonna Be History” by The Maniacs and “Wild Tales” by Graham Nash.
You can see the coverart to the left, looks really cool. The first pressing will be released in 5oo copies (100 on white vinyl and 400 on black vinyl)
Artist: Imperial State Electric
Title: Sheltered In The Sand
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
Nicke Andersson’s (ex-Hellacopters, ex-Entombed, ex-Nihilist) Imperial State Electric will release their new album “Pop War” on March 9. You can se the coverart on the left here. I think it looks kinda silly but hopefully the music isn’t.
The album will be released in three different versions, regular Cd, a limited edition Cd in 10″ cover wich also includes a “iron on” patch, and as a Vinyl (Lp), 600 copies in red vinyl, 300 copies on clear vinyl and also regular black vinyl.
The tracklist of the album are as follow:
Uh huh, Narrow line, Can’t seem to shake it off my mind, Back on main, Waltz for vincent, Sheltered in the sand, Empty hands, Monarchy madness, Deride and conquer, Enough to break you hearts.
The first single off the album will be “Sheltered in the sand” (b-side “Black widow blues”) that will be released as a 7″-vinylsingle in January 27. I have pre-ordered both the 7″ and the Lp so i will put em up here as they arrive.
With 2011 soon in the reviewmirror it’s time to look forward into 2012 and see what records we can expect in the next year. I think that 2011 have been a very good year recordwise, and lot’s and lot’s of cool albums and singles have seen the light of day. I will most likely publish a top-10 of 2011 later on. But of now, here are some stuff to look forward in 2012, what records do YOU look forward to?
Gamma ray – tba
Kiss – monster
Thåström – beväpna dig med vingar
Testament – the dark root of the earth
Ministry – relapse
Tankard – tba
Judas Priest – tba
Kreator – tba
Nicke Borg – chapter 3
Electric Wizard – tba
Ghost – tba
Soilwork – the living infinite
Imperial State Electric – tba
Paradise Lost – tragic idol
* tba means “to be announced”, no title yet.