The exploding boy are a Dark Indie band from Stockholm, Sweden. Alarms is their 5th studio album, but in the UK they’re still fairly unknown. Dark Indie – a strange genre description, and Indie is a fairly vague genre anyway which seems to be overrun with more oasis clones than original sounding bands. Happily The Exploding Boy have a distinct and original sound. It’s an interesting sound – kind of Indie rock meets 80s synth-pop with a bit of Sisters of Mercy thrown in, and of course a bit of The Cure (the band whose song gave The Exploding Boy their name).
Check out the video for “Run Red” to get an idea of how they sound..
I have to say I love this album – that blend of 80s synth-pop (the good stuff like OMD, New Order etc) with guitar driven indie-rock and the dark goth sound of Sisters of Mercy just works so well and it gives The Exploding Boy a sound that stands out from the crowd – you won’t find another band that sounds quite like this, and these days it’s rare to find a band that is so unique and at the same time good.
An excellent album – if you want to try something a bit different then this album is highly recommended.
1. Fireland (The end of dark city)
2. Alarms in silence
3. The day
4. Run red
5. Stop time
6. Pointless action
7. Danger zone
8. Sign O’the times
10. Liars roar