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Welfare Jazz (Deluxe edition)


lp + cd w/ bonus tracks

Released: 22nd Jul 2022


our ears immediately stood to attention when these swedish masters of skronk lit up our speakers with their woozy, groovy fusion of hallucinogenic sax-punk.

they continue to march, swagger & strut their way into our grateful blood vessels. it’s a sticky, barely-in-control fog of probing basslines, preening saxophones & raucous vocals. just like the state of inebriation that it evokes, this record cycles through a myriad of moods & energy levels, from the anthemic, non-stop sprint of ‘girls & boys’ through to the show-stopping country duet with amyl & the sniffers’ amy taylor, ‘in spite of ourselves’. stick this on when you’re driving with the top down on a night filled with possibilities & you’ll unlock the true majesty of viagra boys. these swedish post-punk genre alchemists return for another raucous, yet artful deluge of cacophonic hooks. since their founding in 2015, swedish post-punk band viagra boys have made a name for themselves burning up stages around the world. there's a little iggy pop spit and seethe, a david yow drunken stumble, and a bite of nick cave's haunted bark. add a dash of motorik groove, a pinch of post-punk grime, and a dose of no wave howl. for every gruff and gritty croak in the outfit's catalog, they come back with a pair of bongos, squared-off synths, and a squonky saxophone, with songs that deftly lay waste to society's normalization of toxic masculinity, racism, misogyny, classism, and self-obsession. viagra boys' sebastian murphy dreams about everyone hating his guts. a lot. "i kept having this recurring nightmare where my mom was crying and my friends were all pissed off at me," he recalls, almost reverently. the band's new album, welfare jazz, doesn't bargain with the anxiety in that defeated feeling, but rather a boiling certainty that nothing and no one is absolute. there's plenty of blame to go around, and things are just a lot more interesting when you admit that you're not always going to be nice, you're not always going to pick the right words in a fist-fight. so why not keep moving forward, swaying and strutting into the night.

Welfare Jazz (Deluxe edition)

  1. Ain't Nice
  2. Cold Play
  3. Toad
  4. This Old Dog
  5. Into The Sun
  6. Creatures
  7. 6 Shooter
  8. Best In Show II
  9. Secret Canine Agent
  10. I Feel Alive
  11. Girls & Boys
  12. To The Country
  13. In Spite of Ourselves feat. Amy Taylor
  14. Girls & Boys (Patrik Berger Remix)
  15. Dream Interlude
  16. You And Me Baby
  17. Blue Bone
  18. 16 Wheeler Horse
  19. Ain't Nice feat. Shrimptech Ecstasy Lab (Rotterdam Mix)
  20. Creatures feat. Shrimptech Ecstasy Lab (Someones's Great Version)