Stockholm has given the world a good number of world-class punk and metal bands. In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and Ebba Gron are some of the more notable acts hailing from Sweden’s capital. Now continuing the Swedish tradition in the darker arts is two-man band The Lost Poets. Frontman David Rosengren and drummer/bassist Petter Stromberg are living proof that it takes just two to tango. Or rock it out, in this case. While their take on rock n roll is heavy, it’s not anvil heavy and time is taken to create dark, acoustic soundscapes where Rosengren’s raspy tenor can sail. The influence of David Bowie is evident in the melodiousness of the Poets’ approach to rock and the bleak imagery in David’s lyrics.
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An unorthodox, multifaceted sound
Over time The Lost Poets have become a household name in their Scandinavian homeland and have begun infected the rest of the world with a love for their unorthodox, multifaceted sound. They have graced numerous venues across Sweden’s cultural hub, including the popular rock joint Debaser. The duo has also taken to the hallowed podium of Berns, where the likes of Bob Dylan and Diana Ross have performed in years past. Also adorning The Lost Poets’ resume is a clutch of heavy-hitters who they have warmed up stages for. All the while Petter and David have been hammering out material for a slamming five-track EP they christened ‘Insubordia’.
An acoustic welcome mat
Far from a slow burner, The Lost Poets’ debut projects grabs you by your flowing white train and whisks you off your feet from minute one. ‘Ode to K’ sounds nothing like a “song that came out of nowhere”, as Rosengren, its composer, describes it. An acoustic welcome mat introduces you to a creepy story about a desperate soul at the gates of hell about to peddle his soul to Lucifer. David tells the tale in a disinterested groan that is tailor made for the song’s gloomy ambiance. The next three minutes are occupied by one of the EP’s heavier offerings, ‘Lying Down’. As the hook approaches the chugging builds into semi-thrash mayhem tempered only by sallow strings. It suddenly makes way for ‘Die to Live’ which leaves your speakers disguised as an introspective balladeer but somewhere down the second minute transforms into a dark metal werewolf.
Insubordia feels more like a mature act bringing their grown-up sound to a wider audience than a novice band finding their feet. You will find practically squat to prompt you to say, “Yeah, they’ll improve on that in the next album.” The only thing that’s missing is a few more cuts to bring them up to the customary minimum of a dozen.
Now it’s your turn to listen and see how you find The Lost Poets.
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