If you look for bands from Norway in my collection, it would mostly be Death Metal darkness, your Mayhem and the like, or foppish Peel bands that my Norwegian buddy Kasper would put on tapes for me. Spielbergs don’t fall into either of these categories, although lyrically they certainly lean towards the latter. They are Emo in its original form, post hardcore yearning without the eyeliner, soul rather than MTV bluster, they might scream and shout but the title This Is Not The End tells you that they look towards the light and you’ll be glad to follow them on this sonic journey.
“We could be perfect, you could have made me better”, yearns Distant Star, one of the excellent tracks that you might already be aware of, it is here that the influence of Bob Mould first rears its head, there is a lot of Husker Du sonic cacophony here and like with a record such as Candy Apple Grey, what initially might sound alien and cold, with repeated listens reveals a pop punk bluster that will have you humming until you come back around and put the needle back on the vinyl.
Familiar has a deeper sound, one that would not be out of place on Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, it also reminds me of Mould’s other band Sugar, their savage second album Beaster had a similar harsh sound, but I don’t want to suggest that The Spielbergs are simply aping what has come before them, they use some of the classic bands of the past to unleash their own sound which is forward looking, this is not a retro exercise. All these comparisons are compliments!
McDonalds (Please Don’t Fuck Up My Order), despite its terrible title is very much a sister song to Familiar and thus another favourite, there are Spiritualised swirls and dream vocals, imagine Ride if they were staring at the stars instead of staring at their shoes and you’re in the right ballpark. Every guitar geek dreaming of stardom in their tiny bedrooms will be trying to ape this in the same way that kids aped The Clash in ’77 or Oasis in ’95 – Spielbergs make it sound so easy that you forget just how complex and intricate post hardcore thrills can be.
4AM was the track that turned me onto the band with its Stooges vibes and Vaccines chorus – in a pre-download world, this would see them on Top Of The Pops and have parents grumbling into their newspapers whilst the next generation stare bubble-eyed at their new guitar heroes.
By the time six minute epic Forevermore bleeds out, chances are that Spielbergs will be on your Bands Of 2019 list. Jump onboard now and show off your original copy of This Is Not The End when the inevitable reissue arrives when fame kicks their door in, which will be sooner rather than later.
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