“Write as many good songs as possible and enjoy it while you’re on a roll. We had a great time writing this one! No pressure just having fun,” explains vocalist Maja Ivarsson for Swedish indie rockers THE SOUNDS about the goal for the new album THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE which is set for release on May 1, 2020.  Fortuitously, not only did they have a great time working on this record, they delivered 11 songs that rank among the best in their six album oeuvre.  “It’s always been about being in the moment and trying to catch a good melody, chord progression or lyrics when it comes to you.”  The first single to be released from the album is the title track which can be streamed here.

Resonating the excitement and dynamism that they’ve always brought to the table for each successive album, The Sounds have outdone themselves in rhythm and melody with this album. Kicking off with the propulsive title track, the innate chemistry among the five band members converge in a melodic synergy. “Things We Do For Love” strains with Johan Richter’s muscular staccato bassline that highlights Maja’s very distinctive assertive vocals while the guitar work of Felix Rodriguez along with the keyboards and guitar from Jesper Anderberg weave in and out of Fredrik Blond’s focused drums. It’s a seamlessness that carries throughout the album. The pulsating keys in “Safe and Sound” (which Maja describes as “having the courage to dive into something new as long as you got that special person right next to you”) continue to propel the band forward, while the atmospheric and balladic “Changes” displays the band’s diversity and ability to effortlessly craft impactful songs. “I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly but I really like the vibe of ‘Changes’,” says Fredrik. “It’s a simple song and all the instruments and vocals just fit together so nicely.” 


Track listing

1. Things We Do For Love

2. Safe and Sound

3. Changes

4. Bonnie and Clyde

5. Hollow

6. Fingertips

7. Dreaming of You

8. Dim The Lights

9. Stay Free

10. Home

11. Miami


with Special Guests Starbenders

April 28

Brooklyn, NY

Rough Trade

April 29

New York, NY

Bowery Ballroom

April 30

Washington, DC

Black Cat

May 1

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Motorco Music Hall

May 2

Atlanta, GA

Shaky Knees Festival

May 4

Nashville, TN

The Cowan

May 5

Chicago, IL

Cobra Lounge

May 6

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The Ready Room

May 8

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May 9

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The Complex

May 11

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San Diego, CA

Music Box

May 14

Pioneertown, CA

Pappy + Harriets

May 15

San Francisco, CA


May 16

Las Vegas, NV

Backstage Bar

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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