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VIAGRA BOYS: THE VIKING JAZZ ABSURDISTS

Been listening to these Swedish PTSD disco punkers religiously: Viagra Boys!
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Been listening to these Swedish absurdists religiously after a close friend introduced me to them.

An unapologetically raw sextet comprised of classically trained jazz musicians, karaoke loving tattoo artists and seasoned hardcore scene veterans, churning out spastic, pulsating sounds from the sub levels of contemporary rock music—a bellowing, unstoppable force majeure of latter-day punk, PTSD disco and synthetically enhanced kraut. Smooth operators and riot grrrls, please welcome: Viagra Boys!

The frontman, Sebastian Murphy, he’s like half Iggy Pop half Hank Williams and is known for his intense, gravelly vocals and dynamic stage presence (his voice and ‘tude remind me a bit of July Talk’s Peter Dreimanis). Murphy’s lyrics often delve into dark and satirical territories, offering a biting commentary on societal norms.

The video up above, Viagra Boys performing live the lead single from their debut album Street Worms released in 2018, “Sports”. The song itself has become an anthem due to its repetitive nature, hypnotic rhythms, and tongue-in-cheek commentary on macho culture.

Viagra Boys | clashmusic.com
Viagra Boys | clashmusic.com

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Featured image via Consequence of Sound.

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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