True Moon got its start when members of Vånna Inget got bored with the state of the Swedish music scene and felt a growing need to express themselves in English. On their self-titled debut, the post-punk/darkwave band doesn’t make a big secret of its influences. Joy Division, Killing Joke, early The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy. It’s all in there. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily.
As soon as opening track “Voodoo” kicks in with a guitar line dipped in reverb and Karolina Engdahl’s commanding voice before burning the whole place down with a badass chorus, you know they are onto something. From there on they just keep going, wearing their pitch black hearts on their sleeves in songs like “Sugar” and “Run Run Run”.
Overall, it’s obvious this band has both the chops and a pretty well-defined idea of what it is they want to achieve. Maybe a little more variety would have made this album even better though. It’s not like they are repeating themselves in every single song, but both the rhythms and the guitar sound are pretty same-ish and don’t help make certain songs stand out. But kudos on a job well done nonetheless.
- Our Own Darkness
- True Moon
- Just Like Smoke
- Run Run Run
- In the Dead Of The Night
- Things I Used To Tell You