LIVE ALBUM SILENCE RELEASE: MAY 19, 1999 REVIEW: JULY 5, 1999
Everybody likes bob hund. The critics love them, fans of pop, rock and electronic music adore them. The highbrow cultural critics of the most respected Swedish newspapers mention liking them in their attempts to seem young and in touch with "rock culture". Hell, even Joe Strummer of The Clash likes them.
So what is it all about? Well, "Sover aldrig" is a collection of live tracks. bob hund are widely known as the best live band in Sweden, thanks to their energetic and spontaneous performances. They're also known for writing the best, most poetic and philosophically "on the spot" lyrics. Finally they're known for being one the most experimental pop/rock bands in Sweden, their sound landing somewhere between Kraftwerk, punk and the postrock-phenomena.
You've guessed it already, I suppose. "Sover aldrig" is a very good record. Few live-recordings retain the energy of a performance as well as this one (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "Live Seeds" is another of those rare records). bob hund's unique combination of inventive guitarplaying and analogue synth melodies is definitely a winning concept.
Of course, it helps if you understand the Swedish lyrics, but Joe Strummer doesn't seem to care so why should you..?