Release Date 05/06/2014
(Run For Cover Records)
Gothenburg, Sweden’s Makthaverskan layer tenets of noise, jangle and dream pop on a foundation of rambling, garage-punk energy. Distorted, uptempo riffs ebb and flow with laid back, atmospheric post punk throughout the tracks that make up the band’s sophomore LP, II. Sonic bursts of anthemic pop are accentuated and brought to life by front-woman Maja Milner’s sharp and soaring delivery, cutting through layers of reverb to air out her dirty laundry.
The band formed in 2008 on a healthy foundation of boredom, bad grades, and a distaste for the cute and happy music that typified the Gothenburg music scene at the time. The band's raw origins have since given way to something that is at once both brooding and hopeful, channeling first wave Goth’s bleeding-heart romantic aesthetic and uplifting pop jangle. Milner's performances lift these heavy compositions into the realm of the anthemic, especially on standout track 2, “Asleep,” which is as dreamy as it is dark.
Originally released in 2013, Run for Cover Records is re-releasing II in the U.S. this May.
“...this 2013 LP from six-year-old Gothenburg band Makthaverskan has moved me most—a soaring, hard-hitting dream-pop record that's dark in theme but sonically all blue-skies.” – Pitchfork
Tracklist: 1. Antabus 2. Asleep 3. Slowly Sinking4. Something More5. Outshine6. Dromland7. No Mercy8. Distance9. Volga