The Legends have been a favorite of mine since I discovered their debut LP Up Against The Legends in 2004. Since then, I have worked diligently to piece together a library of their recorded workings. I am close to succeeding, though for the final 7″ I’ll probably have to fly to Sweden. Most recently, I purchased the There & Back Again single.
“There & Back Again” is the type of break-up song that will have you dancing with a smile on your face. The Legends have become the masters of low-fi garage/twee. Hand claps and a persistent string of tambourines are thrown in amidst distorted vocals and guitars. Each song is crafted so that with each listen a new aspect is brought forthâ€”be it the barely audible backup vocals on the chorus or the punchy organ during the verses. The distortion in the earlier Legends work of frontman Johan AngergÃ¥rd (Club 8, Poprace, Acid House Kings) brings out the lo-fi and the garage sounds and takes a little getting-used-to, but after a few listens the underlying strength behind each song will become vividly apparent.
The There & Back Again single consists of three additional songsâ€”all exclusives. The middle two follow the distorted early sound of the group while the final track represents somewhat of a transition song between the sound of Up Against the Legends and the group’s second LP, Public Radio, where AngergÃ¥rd leaves behind the band to record and produce the entire album himself. This song, “It’s Not Going to Happen,” has electronic drums and is less distorted, thus following a more trip-hop sound.
This review was originally published June 20, 2006 on the old version of FensePost.
The Legends: There And Back Again [mp3]
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Labrador [CDEP, 2003]
1. There & Back Again
2. Thanks For Nothing
3. Wish Me Gone
4. It’s Not Going To Happen