"...a taut, energised piece of noise rock bluster..." - Clash
"...90s indie, pop and urgent rocky riffery." - Team Rock
Danish noise-rock four-piece Alcabean make a welcome return with the release of their forthcoming EP Head Down, released 16th March 2018 via We Are Suburban.
Having already picked up a wealth of support through the release of their 2016 EP Real Time Fiction, Alcabeanare gearing up to unleash their fuzz-filled, feedback-laden sound on the UK public once again. Combining elements of ‘90s alternative indie-rock made popular by the likes of Silversun Pickups, Hum and The Smashing Pumpkins with a contemporary sound produced by bands such as Drenge and Wolf Alice, Alcabean straddle the line skilfully between melancholia and euphoria.
From the raging, grunge-fused ‘Biker Song’, which kicks off the EP amid a blast of raw, impassioned vocals, to the swirling, dark splendour of ‘Chorus’, each track on Head Down is brought together by the emotive, atmospheric vocals of Victor Schack. Metronomic, expertly delivered drum beats are flanked by thudding, driving bass-lines and accented beautifully by effected guitar tones, as songs such as title track ‘Head Down’ and ‘Running’ hit you with their heavy, soaring power, while forthcoming single Still Remember is a catchy up tempo rock banger that conjuring memories of early Jimmy Eat World.
Addressing a range of topics, the EP may be nostalgic in its ‘90s-reminiscent sound, but remains entirely current in its outpouring of angst-driven force. Recently released single Bloody Pose, for example, tackles the poignant topic of identity confusion and how the constant search for acknowledgment sometimes makes you want to give up.
Alcabean were formed by two brothers, Victor (vocals, guitar) and Julius Schack (bass, vocals), who later added Lucas Olierook (drums) and Joachim Holmsgaard (guitar) to create the final four man line up. They immediately began to pick up support from within the music industry with the likes of Clash Magazine, Team Rock and Upset Magazine all praising the band with famed Rolling Stone journalist, David Fricke, playing Alcabean on his Sirius XM radio show.
Head Down, the forthcoming EP from Alcabean, is out on 16th March 2018 via We Are Suburban.