THE SORAYAS The Sorayas (Best Kept Secret)
I spoke too soon, as The Sorayas have now taken the title of best BSK band in this issue. The catalogue description of loud, superfast, overwhelming noisepop is for once spot on, and from the opening buzzsaw guitar of How It Begins we are treated to the best that Sweden has to offer. Annika Forsberg has a great voice, and also plays a mean guitar, making this tape a pleasure to listen to. Dont Want To Be Like You is another great rocker, and while Tomorrow slows the pace slightly the tune still rocks. Perfect Endings and You Decide are two more stinging tracks, and before you know it it is time to turn the tape over. Side two starts every bit as good as side one, and if anything is even heavier in parts. Easy Tune has one of Forsbergs best vocal performances, and Drag Me Under adds Hole to the mix for a superb song which is one of their most confident efforts. All Night is Ramones-lite heavy punk, and we return to the buzzsaw guitars for the final Bothered. Without a doubt the outstanding album from this batch, and a band that I will be looking out for in the future.
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