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Rock Heavy: Interview with Swedish Death Candy

Named after the salty, sickly-sweet candy our Northern neighbours are famed for, Swedish Death Candy brings us a bit of everything rolled into one. Based in London, the four-piece group features members from the UK, South Korea and Italy: Louis on guitar/lead vocals, Francesco on guitar, Jiwoon on bass and Marco on drums.

They produce a heavy, psych filled sound laced with electronic, acid-bluesy components. The music radiates through your entire body, forcing you to acknowledge its sheer intensity-it feels good. Their sound incorporates different aspects from some of rock’s greatest groups: REO Speedwagon, Rush (who proved Canadians aren’t too polite to rock hard), Black Sabbath, and even elements of the Who. With so many influences, depending on the bands and genres you gravitate towards, you will be able to hear it in their music.

Swedish Death Candy is one of the few bands I can count on a single hand who sound better live than on their recordings. Not only that, but attending one of their shows is as much a visual experience as an auditory one. Next to their fierce sound, their shows are filled with psychedelic lights; moreover, you get to experience the sheer intensity of the band first hand. If you have the opportunity, really get yourself out to one of their gigs.

I sat down with Lou and Francesco before their show at the Sugar Factory to talk about the creation of their first album and initial tour experience. Take a look:

They have just released their debut album this past November. Show them some love by checking it out:

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Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: | Keep it groovy <3

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.