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First Listen : Millencolin - SOS

First Listen is the part of Musos' Guide where we tempt you in with lesser played tracks from the recent past or this very minute. Enjoy.


Live Dates:-

Apr 23, 2019 - SO36, Berlin, Germany - TICKETS
Apr 24, 2019 - Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany - TICKETS
Apr 25, 2019 - Schlacht Hof, Wiesbaden, Germany - TICKETS
Apr 26, 2019 - Victoria Carlswerk, Cologne, Germany - TICKETS
Apr 27, 2019 - Groezrock, Hasselt, Belgium - TICKETS
Apr 28, 2019 - Laiterie, Strasbourg, France - TICKETS
Apr 29, 2019 - CCO, Lyon, France - TICKETS
Apr 30, 2019 - Trabendo, Paris, France - TICKETS
May 2, 2019 - Nouveau Monde, Fribourg, Switzerland - TICKETS
May 3, 2019 - Live Club, Trezzo Milano, Italy - TICKETS
May 4, 2019 - Vidia Club, Cesena, Italy - TICKETS
May 5, 2019 - Muffat Halle, Munich, Germany – TICKETS
May 25, 2019 – Slam Dunk Festival Leeds, UK – TICKETS
May 26, 2019 - Slam Dunk Festival Hatfield, UK – TICKETS
June 16, 2019 – Nova Rock Festival, Austria – TICKETS


Millencolin – True Brew

  • Published in Albums

When it comes to simple immediacy and a dose of melody you can’t do much better than the punk bands of the ‘90s.

While Millencolin aren’t always the first band that people associate with the genre, they’ve consistently released strong albums since 1992, tweaking their sound with each new release, reflecting a band that’s willing to experiment rather than rest on its laurels.

True Brew, the band’s eight studio album is still in the mould of their previous efforts, but brings their influences to the fore. The opening track, ‘Egocentric Man’ is a definite nod to Bad Religion with its simple galloping guitar rhythms and choral sections, and it works incredibly well.

Elsewhere there’s evidence  of the band trying new things, such as on ‘Autopilot Mode’ which deals with issues of apathy and self-preservation, while occasionally swerving into sounding like a pirate’s sea-shanty.

At times the lyrics on True Brew might seem a little stereotypical, including living your own life in ‘True Brew’, but there are also more personal and politically-minded issues on show, such as alcoholism/drug addiction in ‘Mr. Fake Believe’ and tackling nationalist and racist attitudes in ‘Sense & Sensibility’.

As a whole, True Brew is incredibly well produced, particularly for a genre where lo-fi (and sometimes low quality) sound is commonplace. Every element - whether it’s Nikola Sarcevic’s vocals and bass, Mathias Färm and Erik Ohlsson’s guitar work or Fredrik Larzon’s solid drum beats – comes through just right, which is an impressive feat considering the band produced the album themselves.

Going into listening to a Millencolin album you probably have a good idea of what to expect, hooky choruses, straightforward but appropriate rhythms and all of the other hallmarks that have allowed them to stand the test of time.

True Brew is far more evolution than revolution, showcasing a band that knows what they do and that does it well. With their latest album Millencolin have avoided the trap of following new trends, after all that would hardly be the punk thing to do.

True Brew is available from Amazon and iTunes.

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