It’s glitter punk pop that packs a killer punch, delivered by three twenty somethings who grew up in the tiny Twin Peaks’-esque town of Pajala in the remote northern corner of Sweden above the Arctic Circle, where the sun refuses to rise in winter. This remote region has a minority language called Meänkieli, a language that was forbidden in Sweden until 1957 and today only spoken around 50 000 people. The Magnettes celebrate their roots and incorporate Meänkieli and the area’s old folk music into their infectious and inimitable songs.
From the opener ‘Killers In A Ghost Town’, about being the weird punk kid in a small sleepy town, acting out and breaking free of expectations and choosing to be an outsider, to the album’s closer ‘Parking Lot’, that addresses the pain of losing friends to addiction, this is a searing soundtrack for adolescent misfits and malcontents everywhere.
The band describe the themes of the album as being “mainly about adolescence and identity, coming to terms with who you are and finding your place in the world. It’s also about friends, fucking, fighting and drinking. One pretty central theme for the album was the idea of an alternate universe where the tables were turned, the freaks had taken over, the goths were cheerleaders and cool kids, and being weird was just normal.”
The Magnettes are a fearless 21st Century fuck-pop trio who think ugly and weird is cool and that the patriarchy needs to be crushed. Right now. The band is Rebecka Digervall, Sanna Kalla and Tomas Backlund. They’ve released four critically acclaimed singles -‘Bones’, ‘Killers in a Ghost Town’, ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Sad Girls Club’, which received support from Spotify and key bloggers including Perez Hilton – and toured incessantly. To celebrate the release of the album they played a one off show at 229 The Venue in London on 25th May 2017.
Their single, ‘So Bad’, a Britney-esque track about ‘people’s fucked up double standards’, is out now, and has been included on Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Hiptronix playlist.