Viagra Boys - Welfare Jazz
Viagra Boys - Welfare Jazz

Viagra Boys - Welfare Jazz

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They blew everybody away with their debut album a few years ago & EP earlier this year. We're stoked for this one. Think NYC No Wave meets noir-jazz sax.

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Since their founding in 2015, Swedish post-punk band Viagra Boys have made a name for themselves burning up stages around the world. There's a little Iggy Pop spit and seethe, a David Yow drunken stumble, and a bite of Nick Cave's haunted bark. Add a dash of motorik groove, a pinch of post-punk grime, and a dose of no wave howl.

For every gruff and gritty croak in the outfit's catalog, they come back with a pair of bongos, squared-off synths, and a squonky saxophone, with songs that deftly lay waste to society's normalisation of toxic masculinity, racism, misogyny, classism, and self-obsession.

Viagra Boys' Sebastian Murphy dreams about everyone hating his guts. A lot. "I kept having this recurring nightmare where my mom was crying and my friends were all pissed off at me," he recalls, almost reverently.

The band's new album, Welfare Jazz, doesn't bargain with the anxiety in that defeated feeling, but rather a boiling certainty that nothing and no one is absolute.

+ Indie LP is pressed on White vinyl. 

There's plenty of blame to go around, and things are just a lot more interesting when you admit that you're not always going to be nice, you're not always going to pick the right words in a fist-fight. So why not keep moving forward, swaying and strutting into the night.

Artist: Viagra Boys
Label: YEAR 0001
Catalogue: YR0123LPX
Barcode: 5056167128267
Format: LP or CD
Release Date: 8th January 2021
                           
"On this album, with their trademark snarls and ferocious contempt, Viagra Boys succeed in rendering the personal political and the mundane absurd."
7/10
 
         

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