Annoyingly, Sweden (and, indeed, Scandinavia as a whole) has become as synonymous with all things ‘garage’ and ‘rock’ (hello The Hives, Sahara Hotnights, The Division Of Laura Lee etc) as it ever was with Abba and easily-assembled yet deceptively fetching pine furniture.
However, Jeniferever should add another string to the country’s musical bow, with their tracks ‘Kap Farvel’ and ‘The Day The Violence Died’ capturing the no man’s land between The Appleseed Cast and The Last Days Of April. The technically-inspired ‘Kap Farvel’ in particular, all eight-and-a-half minutes of it, suggests that fans of everyone from the ethereal Sigur Ros to progressive-hardcore crew *Since By Man *will find a slot on their playlist for Jeniferever.
The Next Autumn Soundtrack, hailing from slightly less exotic climbs (erm, Grimsby), keep things a little simpler in comparison, and significantly more emo (with a name like that, what did you expect?). ‘nightnightbyebye’ is a pleasant number in the vein of The Get Up Kids, and _‘What Is It About The Winter That Makes You Feel Lonely’_ showcases the band’s more creative side, coming across like stop-start champions Spy Versus Spy playing the heavier moments of Sunfactor, only better. Neither song though can match the astute sense of dynamics shown by the Swedes, who win this split single bout, albeit only on points.
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