Nicke Andersson, one of my favorite musicians to have ever graced the planet (Hellacopters, Entombed, The Solution, etc.) started ISE as a solo project after the ‘Copters disbanded a few years back. Pop War is ISE’s follow-up to an incredible debut LP, and it’s pretty safe to say that Nicke’s not messing with the formula too much. Aside from incorporating his touring band into the recording sessions (he handled almost all musical duties on the first LP), the sound is still very Nicke. ISE looks to many more pop-oriented influences than did The Hellacopters (there’s a distinct Motown-meets-Merseybeat-meets-’70s glam twist injected here), but it’s quite likely that fans of The Hellacopters latter era will quite easily sidle up to ISE. This’ll undoubtedly be one of the staples of my upcoming summer.
–Dave William (Psychout)