IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC – Honk Machine
Ex-Entombed drummer Nicke Andersson is the vocalist/guitarist for this rock ‘n’ roll oriented Swedish act Imperial State Electric. Their latest album "Honk Machine" is another raw, primal affair that contains a lot of early root elements, keeping the material in tighter 3-4 chord, three minute arrangements. Songs like "Let Me Throw My Life Away", "Maybe You’re Right", and "Just Let Me Know" have that British meets California connection, a breezy highway oriented sound that takes 50’s and 60’s influences and brings the best out of its hooks, melodic solos, and soulful/playful melodies.
Not metal in the slightest, Imperial State Electric are a throwback to early rock ‘n roll, and making a damn good job of it.