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.
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!
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
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.