Track Of The Day – Makthaverskan – ‘No Mercy’


Swedish post punks Makthaverskan’s second album, quite sensibly called Makthaverskan II made our top ten albums of the year in 2013.  Now our friends in America will soon be able to appreciate Makthaverskan’s aural delights as the album is set to be unleashed in the US on May 6 via RFC Records

The album saw the band adopt a more melodic approach, a kind of C86 with attitude bringing their own feisty mind-set to the genre, lacing it with distorted guitar licks, reverb, and stamping out any of the mopey naval gazing feyness that may have once been associated with the C86 scene.  In doing so, the band created their own style of noise-jangle, where frenzied euphoric melody masked the often sneering lyrical nettle stings.

Singer Maja Milner’s vocals soar with emotion and rage perhaps no more so than on today’s track of the day the appropriately titled No Mercy’ a sparkling snarling slice of revenge pop.  And, when she sings, “Fuck you for fucking me when I was 17″ she sounds like she means it.  Furthermore given the band’s name Makthaverskan, is not an actual Swedish word but  taken from “Makthavaren” meaning “the man in power” and given a twist  to mean “the female with the power” we certainly ain’t gonna argue!

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ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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