HCA presents Swedish Death Candy
Swedish Death Candy, a 4 piece heavy psyche band, stopping by on their national tour and performing forming at The Left Bank Village’s Speakeasy Bar.
Supported by HCA student band Hedgehog and the Clementines
‘Swedish Death Candy are a heavy psych four piece, with members from South Korea, Italy and the UK now settled upon their hometown of London, and whose finely honed sound is as influenced by classic songwriting and proto-hard rock as it is the reverb soaked guitars and hazy melody of their peers. Today they announce their signing to Hassle Records, Full Time Hobby’s rock sister label, known for a diversity of artists from Juliette Lewis to Lonely The Brave to 65 Days Of Static and Alexisonfire. Hassle will release an EP, “Liquorice”, on June 10th.
The EP’s lead track, “Living Your Life Away” is full of tumultuous ideas and nagging melodicism, accessible and simultaneously a sure sign of their ambitious talent as musicians. “Heavy On My Mind” follows in this vein by stepping up the distortion with all the off-kilter hallmarks of John Dwyer’s Coachwhips and Thee Oh Sees, alongside the stoned, low-end tones of Kyuss and Sleep. But it’s when EP closer, “So Long…”, which clocks in at 16 minutes, does not drag nor outstay its welcome that you realise you’re in the presence of something special. Saving it’s most melodic moments for those final few minutes, the song twists and turns across its writhing lifespan, making for a thrilling ride. Fans of Tame Impala and previous tour partners Yak will find much to enjoy here, but so will fans of Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and even Cream. The loose psych feel throughout “Liquorice” meets progressive passages and hooky, memorable riffs that show a songwriting maturity far beyond their young years.’-uber rock
We could really drill down on the dark majesty of this blistering debut album if we had more time, the takeaway here is that it’s basically Neil Young if he was a punk rocker and planned on living forever. While they maintain a bedrock of swirvy, swirly doom – think Cathedral without the bullshit or Monster Magnet with more monster – this is really a pretty fucking groovy psychedelic rock’n’roll record. While it never goes so far that you’re lost in the woods forever, there are a good few minutes of hardcore, free-flowing, I-am-naked-and-maybe-dying moments in here, particularly during the pretty incredible single Love You Already and the skull-rattling opener Last Dream.’ – Team Rock
Tickets are £6 (open to all ages) available from De Koffie Pot & HCA Folly Lane 9am – 4pm