- Elin Larsson – vocals
- Dorian Sorriaux – guitars
- Zach Anderson – bass guitar
- André Kvarnström – drums, percussion
Blues Pills are a Swedish rock band, formed in Örebro in 2011. The four piece released EPs and singles before signing up with German record label Nuclear Blast and releasing a successful self-titled debut album Blues Pills. The band released their second album Lady in Gold in August 2016.
Formation and EPs
In 2011, half-brothers Zack Anderson (bass) and Cory Berry (drums), formerly of Radio Moscow, were in Iowa and met singer Elin Larsson, who was staying in California. Together they recorded two demo tracks and published them on YouTube, after which label “Crusher Records” offered them a deal. The band toured to Spain and France, where they met 16-year-old guitarist Dorian Sorriaux, whom they invited to Örebro and made a member of the band. The name of the band came from their friend, Jens Heide, who had a music blog called BluesPillz with obscure 60s and 70s underground music.
In May 2012 they released an EP called “Bliss”, followed by the “Black Smoke” single in July. The band toured extensively during 2013 with appearances in Berlin’s “Desertfest” in April, in Bad Kötzting’s “Void Fest” and Geel’s “Yellowstock Festival” in August, in Bonn’s “Crossroads Festival” in October and Melbourne’s “Cherry Rock Festival” in November 2013.
In July 2013, Blues Pills signed a contract with the “Nuclear Blast” label and released their “Devil Man” EP in October . Their appearance at the “Crossroads Festival” was recorded and released in the form of the “Live at Rockpalast” EP in March 2014.
The debut album
In July 2014 they released their first album, Blues Pills, the special edition of which included a DVD of their appearance in the “Hammer of Doom” festival from the year before. Shortly after the release of the first album, Cory Berry was replaced with new drummer André Kvarnström.
In mid-2014 they appeared in the “Sweden Rock Festival”, in Gelsenkirchen’s “Rock Hard Festival” in June and in the famous Montreux Jazz Festival in July 2014.
The album became successful in Europe, climbing to No. 4 in Germany and No. 10 in Switzerland, while it also reached British charts at No. 68.
2016–present: Lady in Gold
During the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, the band started writing and recording their second album. On 22 April, 2016, Blues Pills announced that Lady in Gold will be released on August 5, 2016 through Nuclear Blast Records with a ten track set-list.
In 2016, Blues Pills will tour with Kadavar, play festivals in the summer in North America and Europe followed by a UK tour in November.
A live album Lady in Gold Live in Paris was announced with a release date of November 3rd 2017.
Lady in Gold / 2016
1. Lady in Gold
2. Little Boy Preacher
3. Burned Out
4. I Felt a Change
5. Gone So Long
6. Bad Talkers
7. You Gotta Try
8. Won’t Go Back
10. Elements and Things
Lady in Gold is the second studio album by Swedish rock band Blues Pills. It was released on August 5, 2016 by Nuclear Blast Records.
Lady in Gold consists of ten tracks including a cover of Tony Joe White’s “Elements and Things” from the 1969 album “…Continued”.
In late 2015, the band started writing and preparing for their second album—their first with new drummer André Kvarnström. In November 2015, Elin Larsson posted a photo to the band Facebook page of her recording the vocals for the second album. The band then went on a two-month Europe tour between February to April 2016 before finalising the work for the second album.
On 22 April 2016, Blues Pills announced the title of the album and the ten track set-list via their Facebook page. Vocalist and co-songwriter Elin Larsson commented: “Lady gold is a character who symbolizes death. We wanted a twist on the typical stereotype of death being the grim reaper. So instead we made her a lady in gold.” The band were happy to reveal that Don Alsterberg (Graveyard, Division of Laura Lee and Jerry Williams) once again took the production role of the album.
Bassist, founding member and main songwriter Zach Anderson commented on the artwork of the album: “The design comes from the dutch artist Marijke Koger-Dunham who already worked with us for the first album cover. We are super proud to have the opportunity to work again with such a legendary artist who has even worked with The Beatles, Cream and many more. The original design was made by her 50 years ago. We worked together to adapt the colors to fit the mood of the album. Hopefully our fans will like it as much as we do.”
Blues Pills / 2014
1. High Class Woman
2. Ain’t No Change
4. Black Smoke
6. No Hope Left For Me
7. Devil Man
10. Little Sun
Blues Pills is the debut studio album by Swedish rock band Blues Pills, released on July 25, 2014 by Nuclear Blast Records. The album consists of ten tracks including some re-recorded releases from previous EPs and a cover of the Chubby Checker song Gypsy. Two singles were released, High Class Woman and No Hope Left For Me, and both songs had music videos by Nuclear Blast.
Many reviews praise the improvement on the re-recording of the tracks that had previously appeared on EPs. Reviews mention the sound and style comparing to 60s blues and 70s rock influences. The album received predominantly positive online professional reviews.
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