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Imperial State Electric - Anywhere Loud album review

Swedish high-energy rockers live double

Cover art for Imperial State Electric - Anywhere Loud album

Fronting Sweden’s legendary Hellacopters until they crashed in 2008, singer-guitarist Nicke Andersson started his long-planned solo album before deciding to form another band instead. Calling it Imperial State Electric, he brought in guitarist Tobias Egge, bassist Dolf de Borst and drummer Thomas Eriksson, who continued enthusiastically the high-energy rock‘n’roll that drew his previous band alongside heroes such as the MC5, tempered with a nod to American radio slickness.

Anywhere Loud presents 23 full-pelt ditties from their five albums, covering the period from 2010’s self-titled debut to 2016’s All Through The Night, plus rambunctious covers of the Dead Boys’ Sonic Reducer and The Kids’ This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Kris Needs is a British journalist and author, known for writings on music from the 1970s onwards. Previously secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club, he became editor of ZigZag in 1977 and has written biographies of stars including Primal Scream, Joe Strummer and Keith Richards. He's also written for MOJO, Record Collector, Classic Rock, Prog, Electronic Sound, Vive Le Rock and Shindig!