Crossing The Rubicon is the third studio album by the band and the release ties in nicely with the fact that the five-piece are currently on the No Doubt summer tour. And having listened to this amazing band for the first time, I can only hope that the No Doubt tour can bring The Sounds to a much larger audience. It’s fair to say that No Doubt fans will see a synergy between the two bands – The Sounds have a great energy in their music, and seeing both bands on the same bill would be a great night of music.
The album’s lead single No-one Sleeps When I’m Awake is a fantastic introduction to the band: ballsy, fun and fiery. You’ll go wild for Maja Ivarsson’s vocals – it’s so nice to hear a girl singing this type of song instead of pissy girlie-pop rubbish.
There’s something a little reminiscent of Paramore in this band, and that’s a good thing. The guitars have a clean, punchy delivery. The rhythm section of Johan Bengtsson (bass) and Fredrik Nilsson (drums) create a throbbing base for everything else that’s built on top of it. (I’m listening to 4 Songs and a Fight as I type this).
Listen out for the funky electro disco in tracks like My Lover, which should prove that as well as having a black belt in rocking out, The Sounds can make music you can dance to. Absolutely brilliant. We need so much more of this stuff in the charts!
Anyway, what was I writing about? Oh yeah. You can hear the whole album right now on MySpace. So, what’re you waiting for?