Double Down with the Sounds

November 1st, 2011

The Sounds have been making top-notch New Wave pop since the late ’90s. The group originally came together when Swedish classmates Johan Bengtsson (bass), Fredrik Blond (drums), Marja Ivarsson (vocals) and Félix Rodríguez (guitar) met in school. After a chance meeting with Jesper Anderberg (keys), the quartet became a quintet. Their debut album, Living in America, was performed in English but recorded in Stockholm. A second disc, Dying to Say This to You, followed in 2006. It was recorded in Oakland and due to Ivarsson’s vocals, drew comparisons to Blondie. The band self-produced and self-released Crossing the Rubicon, out in 2009, and Something to Die For, which leans more toward synthpop than ’80s rock, was released this past spring. Above, the Sounds do “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake” on Swedish TV, and they play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night and Webster Hall on Friday with Natalia Kills and the Limousines opening and Kids at the Bar DJing between sets.