Although it’s quite possible we might reach some sort of tipping point for the sort of music made by Gothenburg rockers Åskväder quite soon – just how is it possible for one country to churn out so many high quality garage rock bands all at one time? – the best thing to do as a listener is to, as the saying goes, keep calm and carry on.
That is, carry on listening to perky rockers like Claptrap if you need a quick pick-me-up, or carry on settling sown with a bottle of something strong and lose yourself in the bluesy reverie of Head Home; either way means satisfaction for the listener, and if there isn’t a whole lot of variation beyond these two points don’t despair – since when did being forced to listen to high quality music become such a chore?
Unsurprisingly, the band are at their best on the uptempo rockers, keeping things simple and direct and staying resolutely on the rock side; if garage metal is more your thing, you may find Fenix just a little lacking in oomph, to use a technical piece of journoese.
When they do get up a bit of a head of steam – the heads down pairing of Zealot and the pub rocky Nightcap, perhaps – the band sound like genuine contenders, albeit in a very competitive field.
When I googled Åskväder in search of info about the band – as usual the bumf that accompanied the review copy of the album featured precious little in the way of details about the band, much less bothering to even include a band lineup – amusingly enough the internet directed me to Ikea, and a strange product called a branch socket module – so I can’t credit the guys who’ve created such a pleasing slab of ear candy here. Suffice to say that, if the well worn tropes of Scandi rock still cause a flutter in your heart, then Fenix is definitely something you should investigate sooner rather than later.
Fenix releases on March 25th.