There are actually times when I dig into the archives and find old treasures that are not death, doom, thrash, black, grind or NWOBHM. There is also a side of me that likes good old fashioned rock music, grunge and alternative, albeit I rarely bump into new music of those genres that I enjoy. Here's an exception.
The Danes out there will know a band called Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, a power trio who rode on a wave of immense popularity based on merely two albums during the beginning of the nineties in this wee country of ours. Most of you, Danes and non-Danes alike, will have heard of a band called Soundgarden. And why do I mention these two bands? If you listen to the self-entitled debut release from the young Danish trio The Boy That Got Away, you will understand exactly why.
Listening to 'The Boy That Got Away' takes me right back to a time when I was in my first or second year at uni. I was mostly rooted in NWOBH, thrash and death when it came to listening preferences, but I still allowed space for Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and, yeah, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy. The popularity of the latter-mentioned blew out of proportions with the release of their debut during 1994. We all loved them. They were a real rock band; drums, a guitar, a bass and a voice - and what else do you need?
The Boy That Got Away work by the same recipe. A very strong, Cornell-esque voice in the front, a nineties-inspired, straight-forward riff-laden rock guitar and a rhythm section that is solid in the best possible sense of the word.
I wouldn't call all songs of the album hit material (In Memory of You is for example a filler in my view), but with songs like The Politics (where singer Tim Alvin Boström sounds particularly powerful), Tell Us Something (Led Zeppelin meets Dizzy), the title track (a touch of Foo Fighters, eh?) and the quiet but beautiful
conclusion of the album, July (where Tim shows that he can do more than sound like Chris Cornell's younger brother), the trio show that they have the sound and the right spirit to write music for the masses and to remind old farts like myself of many a party or concert years ago. Check out The Politics right here: