If the scruffy vendor on the shady side of the street said to me, “Would you like some honey mustard on that?” I would surely say no. ”I’ll just take the pair of sunglasses.” But if that same vendor was selling something musically consumable and from Sweden, I would surely order three and some overpriced chips as well. The new single from Stockholm’s nearly all-bearded boat-born rock outfit is some atmospheric “oh’s” with a tight cam shot of urban woe’s for some seasoning. ”Wire” is a swell introduction to some of the consistently fascinating music that is born across the waters. The foreigners are doing rock and grunge better than we Yanks are these days. Conflicting feelings on that.
“Wire” comes from Honey Mustard’s self-titled debut album, out September 5th on Slippen Records.