2016 is a big year for Swedish indie pop legends Red Sleeping Beauty (named after a song by 80’s Marxist band McCarthy). They’ve not only done their first live appearance in 20 years time, they will – more importantly – release their first album in 19 years time!
Stream the lead single “Cheryl, Cheryl, Bye” on Soundcloud
The album “Kristina” (named after the band’s singer who’s been struggling with cancer) is out on June 17 on CD, digital and vinyl.
The vinyl comes in limited edition of 250 copies on yellow vinyl and 250 on white vinyl.
RED SLEEPING BEAUTY, BIOGRAPHY
Red Sleeping Beauty formed in Stockholm in 1989 by singer Kristina Borg, singer/guitarist Niklas Angergård (Acid House Kings), guitarist Mikael Matsson (The Shermans), and bassist Carl-Johan Näsström. They made a huge impact on the international indiepop scene with two fantastic albums and a series of singles and EPs. Their first release was in 1992 with EP Pop Sounds (Marsh Marigold), followed by four 7″s all on different pop labels (Somersault, Motorway, Grimsey, and Sunday) before returning to Marsh-Marigold for the first full length Bedroom. They then signed to the legendary Siesta Records to release their fifth single Sick & Tired, their second album Soundtrack, and a compilation of singles.
Strict recording rules
Red Sleeping Beauty have always been fans of drum machines and vintage synthesizer. On ”Kristina” they’ve cultivated their love for electronic instruments and made up strict rules for the recordings: they only use analogue synthesizers and allow themselves to trim them with one acoustic guitar per song. The result is a heartfelt mix of memorable pop melodies and timeless electronica.
Album named after the band’s female singer
On ”Kristina” Red Sleeping Beauty is a duo consisting of vocalist Niklas Angergård and Mikael Matsson with help from Kristina Borg on vocals on four songs. The album title is a tribute to her.
– She’s had a tough struggle with cancer but things are looking brighter now. We expect her back as a full time member on the next album, the band states.
First album in 19 years time
”Kristina” is the band’s first album in 19 year’s time. But that doesn’t mean the members have been disconnected from making music all these years. Niklas has released numerous albums with Acid House Kings on Labrador while Mikael Matsson has released several albums with both The Charade and The Shermans on Skipping Stones Records and Shelflife.
The return is by no means a temporary one. Red Sleeping Beauty is back for good.
– The writing and recording process has never been more inspiring and ”Kristina” is about ten times better than anything we’ve done in the past. You’ve only just seen the beginning of Red Sleeping Beauty 2.0, says singer Niklas Angergård.
Source- Labrador Records