vita bergen Retriever (LP, £18.95)label: glitterhouse
Since their debut album, Disconnection, was released in 2015, the band has managed to play over 100 shows and sold-out tours. Vita Bergen will release their second album Retriever. Completed in Los Angeles and produced by their front man William Hellström together with Martin Forslund, who also has worked with Swedish legend Håkan Hellström. April 14 is the release of the first single, Nixon, a song where The War on Drugs meets Madonna. Vita Bergen is comprised of six childhood friends from Gothenburg who started to play together in 2013. Front man William Hellström is studying medicine and leaves the mundanity of textbooks to an alternative reality of a trance while performing on stage. The resulting success has been a consequence and effect of the stage related concussions, and nails piercing his foot. "It doesn't matter if we play for four, or four thousand people, we will always play every show like it is the last thing we do. Shouldn't music affect you? I will never be satisfied. That day we will break up. We are here because we need to be here!" Following the release of the debut album in the fall of 2015 there was extensive touring in Scandinavia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Kosovo, which gave Vita Bergen a solid place on the European indie scene. In four years the band has taken themselves from a claustrophobic 8 person bus and illegal nightclubs to over 100 shows all around Europe. In contrast to the apartment where the first record was recorded, Retriever sessions were held in varied and exclusive studios. Hostels with cigarette butts under the bed, have been exchanged for expensive hotel rooms, skyscrapers, offices in LA and overwhelming responses at sold out shows. All these influences have shaped the sound of the new album. The songs were written in collaboration by the best friend duo of Robert Jallinder and Willliam who at same time dropped out of university to form the band. "The theme of this record are much different from the first album This album in much more direct and touches on concrete subjects that are happening here and now, like you and me, relationships that are really important, when all the make-up has run off. At the same time the whole process after Disconnection we felt like we wanted to get it all back with this release. We wanted to sound less pissed off. We are really happy right now and we want to do pop music" says William Hellström. The rest of the band members include Hampus Bergh, Gustaf Gunér, Jakob Kullberg och Andreas Jallinder. "One of Sweden's underground success stories" - Clash Magazine /// "This is huge, cinematic..." - NME Magazine.
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