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Physical Rocket — Rising Is My Trend
(Trapdoor Tdcd 006, 2001, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2002-09-01

Rising Is My Trend Cover artOK, so Physical Rocket isn’t really a progressive band at all, but they’re a lot of fun, and they don’t really sound much like the mainstream rock we hear these days. They’re a hard rock band in a more classic mode, without the modern fashion for drop-D tuning and industrial or rap inflections. I suppose I could compare them to Five Fifteen (though without the keyboards) crossed with a female-fronted 70s band like the Runaways. Singer Eva Rönnqvist has a good voice for this kind of rocking music, powerful enough to be heard over the rhythm section and not trying anything subtle that wouldn’t be discernible anyway. Or maybe she is being subtle and I just couldn’t discern it. Peter Karbelius (bass) and Svante Lindquist (drums) keep the energy level high, and guitarist Jonas Asplund does what needs doing without any flashy wanking or noodling. The tunes are catchy, and their philosophy seems to be summed up in the first track, “Rocksong”: “Don’t need no education / in the field of science / ... Yeah, here’s a rocksong / and that is all that you need.”

Filed under: New releases, Issue 25, 2001 releases

Related artist(s): Physical Rocket

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