The Sounds & What's the Haps in Vancouver


The Sounds are a girl led danceable synth-rock outfit from Sweden, so if they played hockey they'd all be wearing visors. Instead, you get a nice mix of keys, guitars and at times, Blondie sounding vocals. The only problem with Blondie sounding vocals is not many people equal up to Debbie Harry so sometimes the vocals sound flat.

That being said, on the last album, I liked Maja Ivarsson's vocals, and the guys backing her deliver some really nice synth pop punk riffs. It also helps that she's a cutie.

The Sounds have a new album coming out on New Line records on March 21st. Dying to Say This to You was produced by Jeff Saltzman (he produced the Killers album) so I think that will help make the band sound tighter.

Here's a preview of the new goods: Painted by Numbers. It's catchy, and fun. Don’t worry about the fact it is destined to be a huge hit for MTV.


In other news, here are some of the good shows heading to the Vansterdam area:
Sat Feb 18th MICE PARADE - MEDIA CLUB
Mon Feb 20th ARCHER PREWITT - MEDIA CLUB
Sat Feb 25th NADA SURF/ROGUE WAVE - RICHARDS ON RICHARDS
Wed Mar 1st ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - COMMODORE BALLROOM
Thurs Mar 2nd MATT POND PA- RED ROOM
Sat Mar 4th AKRON FAMILY - MEDIA CLUB
Tues Mar 7th STEREOLAB - COMMODORE
Tues Mar 7th JENNY LEWIS - RICHARDS
Wed Mar 8th LOW - RICHARDS ON RICHARDS
Fri Mar 10th ISOBEL CAMPBELL - RICHARDS ON RICHARDS
Sat Mar 11th MOST SERENE REPUBLIC - PIT PUB
Wed Mar 29th ARAB STRAP - MEDIA CLUB
Wed Mar 29th BETH ORTON - COMMODORE
Wed Apr 12th DESTROYER/LADYHAWK - RICHARDS ON RICHARDS
Sat May 6th TV ON THE RADIO - RICHARDS ON RICHARDS


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