‘Holograms’ (Captured Tracks)
Recommended TrackABC City
Holograms don’t belong here. This taut, aggressive debut is unsuited to an age where music journalism is diluted with flowery adjectives and pale-faced writers invent genres at will. This young Swedish band work in a factory, their instruments are decrepit and insultingly cheap. Their LP betrays nothing other than attention to detail, enviable knowledge of their musical history and the ability to chisel hunks of belligerent punk that could revitalise the genre. Pressed to pick a winner, ‘Transform’ and ‘ABC City’ would suffice, but ‘Holograms’ is a cohesive whole; purpose built to expand your mind and then smash it to pieces.