Up Against The Legends





Getting their start in Stockholm, Sweden, why should one be surprised that the nine-piece The Legends sound like a Motown Jesus and Mary Chain. "Wall Of Sound" is a universal desire. We all want to sound timeless, locked away in producer Phil Spector's mind. What a thought? With their debut Up Against The Legends, the Legends blend quite a few influences, the handclaps and tambourines of 60s Detroit, the Scot guitars of William Reid, the warm hum of Belle and Sebastian, and the vocal lilt of the Boo Radleys' Sice. With only one of the twelve tracks clocking in over three minutes, the Legends like quick, catchy songs with sugary choruses and fuzzed melodies. Starting off with the Smiths meets Housemartins "Call It Ours", I couldn't get the guitar riff out of my head, even if it did sound like Horatio Sanz' christmas song on SNL. Next track is equally strong, "There And Back Again", mashing Sice Boo's vocals with the Lightning Seeds with a New Order bassline thrown in the middle. The album keeps churning out the hits. "Your Song" is classic Jesus and Mary Chain drums, albeit a derivative of Motown. "Trouble Loves Me" uses the AM radio-effect on the vocals you're hearing now all the time, from the Strokes to the Bravery. "When The Day Is Done" has a melancholy Nick Drake vibe you can just float away to. Drum pounding "Breaking Time, Breaking Lines" reminds me of the Inspiral Carpets meets the Cure's "Hanging Gardens". "Make It Alright" is straight out of a vault, locked away from 1964, preserved for your listening pleasure. The title of "The Kids Just Wanna Have Fun" pretty much sums it up for the record. After all the namedropping and pigeon holing, rest assured, the album is the perfect 30-minute journey you can take over and over again.

The Legends
Lakeshore Records

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Up Against The Legends