WET DREAMS – WET DREAMS (Album Review)

Sometimes a record really picks you up and spits you out, this effort from Norway’s Wet Dreams is one of the first releases of the year that has left me completely breathless as the final notes resonate through my skull.

From the off there is a ferocious pace, then opening feedback leads into vintage guitar that chops in and out of snotty gang vocals in the first of many nods to the past. Within the first few tracks a tour of the alternative 60’s and 70’s is taken in a speeding tour bus, New York Dolls, Stooges and The Germs all feature in influences but this is far from a mundane throwback record. The distant distortion of the vocals and the ever building feedback behind push these vintage influences through the decades towards shoegaze, glam rock and indie completing over half a decade of reference points.

The snarling vocals are delivered with the pace and tone of the finest power pop but with distortion and ferocity they surpass the gruffest pop punk and head towards early surf and hardcore. This ever developing list of influences and aural nods just keeps coming as the LP develops quieter moments have late Ramones and Kinks similarities, these quitter moments are soon destroyed by feedback drenched surf rock. The ferocious vocals seem to gather even more grit as the album hits the halfway point with a powerful DZ Deathrays/ACDC esq vocal power and technical guitar.

Vocally there are moments of raw emotion which pair with the ever increasing vocal power beautifully, moments of pure snarling petulance, emotive cracks and infectious gang vocals. With such varied

This really is a band that can do it all the 2 minute punk songs fly in and out of each other with snarling vocals and riffs, the quiet moments never lose the brat rock and tie the album together nicely and the penultimate track takes this album even further with a cover of Christina Aguilera’s ‘beautiful’. Somehow this once ballad fits with the vicious pace and vocal attack and what was once a tear-jerker is now a head-banger, the lyrics also suit this beautifully.

This collection of songs with a disregard for genre is fresh and original, sure there are moments where the DIY ethos, technical prowess and explosive feedback clash but that’s what makes this record so great. The musical freedom and DIY spirit continually push this release in and out of boundaries creating an album full of intensity and individuality. There’s only one question remaining how chaotic are Wet Dreams going to be live.

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