Everyone's favourite Swedish pop-punk mavericks launch their latest long-player "Kingswood" with "Ray" being the lead single. It's all very bouncy, up-tempo and packed full of rambunctious fuzzed chord changes; it's all very shouty, sweaty and sing-a-longy, it's all very... well, 1994. Green Days legacy of buzzsaw guitars and nasal vocals hangs over this recording like the smog over a small industrial town in Eastern Europe.
And is this a bad thing? Hell, no. What "Ray" lacks in originality it more than makes up for in testicular fortitude and downright catchiness, and the chorus will loiter around in your head like an unwelcome family member in your household at Christmas.
So, as formulaic and pre-scripted as your average episode of "Trisha", but a cracking tune nonetheless; Millencolin aptly demonstrate a welcome ability to craft memorable pop-punk melodies to rock-propelled juggernauts of songs.
Elsewhere, there's a song called "Phony Tony" which is a good title for a bad song and the classic "Bullion" from the 1995 album "Life on a Plate". "Bullion" is amazing lyrically and musically, it reminds of growing up and getting into good, kick-ass music. Well in.