The Sounds moved to the forefront of new wave groups in 2006, as they played on that year’s Warped Tour, and also opened tours for Foo Fighters and The Strokes.
An impressive-but-under-radar gig is the return of the Swedish rock quintet the Sounds, who are warming up for their stint opening No Doubt’s summer tour with some briefs club dates.
The Sounds arrive at T.T. the Bear’s on Monday night, and their new album, “Crossing the Rubicon” is due in stores June 2. The band’s second album, “Dying to Say This to You,” brought the Sounds to the forefront of new wave groups in 2006, as they played on that year’s Warped Tour, and also opened tours for Foo Fighters and The Strokes.
Still, it has been three years since the Swedish fivesome made its big splash. The new CD’s music is, if anything, more invigorating and immediate than its predecessor, perhaps aided by the studio help of ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, and Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger.
“I think we went into the studio to record and write more of a complete album this time,” said Sounds guitarist Felix Rodriguez. “Today, so many CDs only have a couple good songs, but we wanted to capture that feeling you had before, when a band’s whole album was equally solid.”
Iha and Schlesinger served as producers, along with several other folks, with the band co-producing also. That kind of variety led to more creativity, according to Rodriguez.
“We used James and Adam, and also Tim Anderson, who works quite differently than they do,” said Rodriguez. “We wanted different producers, to get different ways of framing our sound. It’s good to have feedback from different people during the recording, just sitting back and talking about what we want to do. Tim is very playful, like us, and our sessions with him came very naturally. The songs here are the results of some very good collaborations.”
Fans who worry that the quintet’s rock has changed since that 2006 record, need not worry. It’s refined a bit, maybe focused more sharply.
“We didn’t record sooner because of the touring,” noted Rodriguez. “After that 2006 album we did over 500 shows, over two years. We don’t write much on the road, although we collect ideas. The previous album was written in about two months in the studio, while this one is the result of a full year’s work.
“I think the new music is changed a little, just because we’ve grown as musicians, and writers,” added Rodriguez. “These songs are more mature. Some songs will surprise you – but in a good way.”
Rodriguez mentioned that The Sounds don’t really know No Doubt, but that band sought them out as openers for the summer tour.
“That tour will be really good for us, the highlight of our year,” said Rodriguez. “But we have toured the United States since 2003, and we have devoted fans. We also love those small, intimate club shows like T.T.’s, with the crowd right on top of you. This will be our first show of this little warm-up tour, so we expect to play a few of the new tunes, and our usual live show, and just generally go nuts.”
The Patriot Ledger