The Mary Onettes: “Evil Coast”
We here in Austin haven’t quite got full, icy brunt of winter quite yet. Heck, fall isn’t even really a thing here in Texas. But for those of you out there yearning for a bit of broody, cold-weather music, Sweden’s The Mary Onettes might just be the band for you.
Brothers Philip and Henrik Ekström founded the band in the year 2000 along with guitarist Petter Agurén and drummer Simon Fransson. The band found inspiration for their sound in the moodiness of 80s post-punk (think Joy Division, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc.). The Mary Onettes’ history is a hard one, but it’s also a study in perseverance. The band were signed to their first record deal in 2004, only to be dropped before they recorded a note. Sony scooped them up next, and they released their first EP Make Me Last in 2005 via the label. But again, the relationship wasn’t to last. The band forged ahead, and eventually found themselves in the warm embrace of Swedish indie imprint Labrador, who they’ve been with ever since. Through Labrador, The Mary Onette’s released their very post-punk pop self-titled in 2007 and their well-received sophomore record Islands in 2009.
Yesterday The Mary Onettes issued a new single as a prelude to their forthcoming third record Hit The Waves (Out in March 2013). “Evil Coast” definitely has plenty of the band’s signature reverence for the 80s, but with a bit more emphasis on spacious pop rather than angular post-punk. The tune is frosty, but welcoming. We may not have a winter in Austin, but you can definitely sit back and pretend with Sweden’s finest on this tune.