IMPERIAL LEATHER: Something Out of Nothing: CD

A bunch of Swedes and a Brooklyn transplant compromise the nucleus of this band with dual male/female vocals on top of a U.K. ‘82 vibe via the Punk & Disorderly comp series. Something about Sweden really produces tight bands. This is no exception. The songs are tight and rocking—songs that you would expect from bands that have been around a long time—but the experience comes from playing in so many other bands in the past. Their songs are melodic yet raw, giving them a live feel. The guitar sound is crunchy and bright, giving the songs a punch. The drum sound is very big and loud, giving the songs a bold attack. Can’t wait to see them when they tour the west coast this summer.

 –don (Profane Existence)