VIAGRA BOYS – ” Ain’t Nice “

Posted: December 30, 2021 in MUSIC
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Viagra Boys came straight in with an early contender for album of the year in the very first month of 2021, having released their stunning second LP “Welfare Jazz!” Satisfyingly seedy, it’s an unabridged, deep dive into the underworld stumbling into sexism, anxiety, addiction and leaving no subject unaddressed by their abrasive humour.

Saxophones wail as drawling singer Sebastian Murphy leads us down a dark path of his stream of consciousness, accompanied by some seriously impressive bass groves and grinding guitars. The Swedish post punks continue to be a vital force.

“You can’t go around and take everything you’ve done completely seriously. And, I don’t know, I’m not really a serious person either but I don’t know, I definitely think humour and satire is really important to stay positive, and in your outlook in life, and also to stay positive in your own self-image and not to be too hard on yourself and stuff like that. Just realize, you know, life sucks, so you know, make the best of it.”

Viagra Boys set the bar high for 2021 by dropping this raucous second studio release “Welfare Jazz” on the first Friday after New Year’s Day. It’s an invigorating, top of the year self-reflection. The brash mea culpa of “Ain’t Nice” starts the set, with lead singer Sebastian Murphy spewing his worst qualities in a confessional meltdown. From there, the album follows him to rock bottom and back again, ultimately leading to his coming to terms with a loveless life. Thankfully, there’s a semblance of a happy ending, with Murphy trading verses with Amy Taylor of Australian punks Amyl and the Sniffer, on a transformative take on the late John Prine’s corn-pone classic, “In Spite of Ourselves”.

Viagra Boys’ latest album released the first week of 2021, but it’s still being played on heavy rotation over here. The Swedish group (frontman Sebastian Murphy is Swedish/American) are a force of nature, especially live, and with “Welfare Jazz” they are absolutely incredible.

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