As it's said, the purest form of flattery is imitation. With a fair helping of bands working the retro label, many of them with a concentration on '80s-style rock and roll, it is sure that the best of these would rise to the top. Bands like The Strokes, The Rifles, and Interpol have performed beautifully, their albums critically well-received.
It's always a pleasure to run across a band that has created new music with an ear to the past. One of these bands, the cleverly named The Mary Onettes, hails from Sweden. Formed by two brothers, Philip (vocals, guitar) and Henrik (bass) Ekstrom and rounded out by Petter Aguren (guitar) and Simon Fransson (drums), The Mary Onettes started their career back in 2000 but didn't release their first set, the four-song EP Lost, until 2006.
Critically compared in parts to New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Church, and, to an extent, The Cure, The Mary Onettes began to gain the favor of the listening public. Their first self-titled full-length album was released in 2007. It was a magnificent mix of pop and rock that brought to mind the above-mentioned bands. In short, it was brilliant and highly listenable.
By 2009, the band had released their equally brilliant album, Islands. That album cemented the band as one not to be ignored. Never content to wait until each LP release, the band would release a series of EPs between the two albums, and after Islands.
On March 12, The Mary Onettes will release their third album, Hit the Waves, in both CD and LP formats. This new album is being preceded by "Evil Coast," the lead-off single (streamed below). If you like your '80s flashbacks, then give this band a try (if you're not already a rabid fan).