Very few modern bands are lucky enough to have such a unique, individual and inimitable style as well as blessed with such an incredible voice at the forefront, so it’s very rare that a group representing traditional blues-rock can come along with all these characteristics and whip up such excitement in 2016.
BLUES PILLS contain all these elements to create extraordinary music that sounds original and new but respects those long-held rules of blues and rock and roll tradition. Although, it’s the individual characteristics of the band that makes this music electrifying; the steady bass of Zack Anderson, thumping rhythm of André Kvarnström, technical and yet improvisational guitar of Dorian Sorriaux and the sensational soaring vocals of frontwoman Elin Larsson that set this band apart.
The psychedelic sounds of the band may hail back to the prosperity of the 1960’s and 1970’s and it’s true their distinctive sound may include a few ingredients of the past; a pinch of late 60’s Americana, a sprinkling of blues, a heavy serving of rock ‘n’ roll, a big squeeze of soul but it’s all shaken up into a brand-new cocktail of sound, and served into this heavenly new blend we call BLUES PILLS.
That’s why it seems to be a sign of destiny that the stars aligned for this exceptional group to be born in 2011, only one year later the striking, soulful and organic sound of first single 'Black Smoke' was fascinating countless listeners - followed up by the EP »Bliss«. When in 2014 the self-titled album was released, the whole genre was turned upside down and BLUES PILLS were charting across Europe and continually selling out larger venues. Now the fans are calling on BLUES PILLS to present their second album »Lady In Gold«.
“”Lady Gold” is a character symbolizing death”, explains singer Elin Larsson of the intriguing album title. “We wanted to get away from the typical stereotype of the Grim Reaper.”
The mystical and dark references of the album title are echoed throughout a lot of the album - there’s the ode to the female “Keeper Of The Soul” on spiritual sounding title track 'Lady In Gold' and talks of failed salvation from a deceitful messiah in the soul anthem 'Little Boy Preacher'. There’s emotive blues ballads in 'I’ve Felt A Change' and 'Burned Out' and empowering post-heartbreak tales in 'Won’t Go Back' and 'Rejection'.
Similarly to the self-titled debut »Lady In Gold« was produced in Sweden by producer Don Alsterberg and they’ve captured on this album everything that’s made them one of the most talked about rock bands of the past few years.
BLUES PILLS will be on an extensive European tour from the 23rd of June to the 28th of August so they can celebrate »Lady In Gold« live with their fans. They’ll be back on the stage in autumn throughout Europe and the UK from the 30th of September until the 13th of November playing bigger venues supported by Berlin psychedelic rockers of KADAVAR.
01. Lady In Gold 02. Little Boy Preacher 03. Burned Out 04. I Felt A Change 05. Gone So Long 06. Bad Talkers 07. You Gotta Try 08. Won’t Go Back 09. Rejection 10. Elements And Things
Bonus Live DVD: (Digipak only!)
01. High Class Woman 02. Ain’t No Change 03. Bliss 04. Dig In 05. No Hope Left For Me 06. Devil Man 07. Black Smoke 08. Little Sun 09. Astralplane
André Kvarnström | drums Elin Larsson | vocals Dorian Sorriaux | guitars Zack Anderson | bass