Hell On Wheels There Is A Generation Of Handicapped People To Carry On

Sweden has produced more than its fair share of pop music over the years, ranging from nasty stuff like Roxette, right through to something that is a lot less likely to induce nausea, such as the Wannadies. And now another name can be added to that list, Hell On Wheels. Fortunately, they belong to the latter category and could be described as the Wannadies more abrasive cousins. Hell On Wheels' debut, the bizarrely titled There Is A Generation Of Handicapped People To Carry On, does possess the immediacy that you expect from simple pop music, but there's something else lurking underneath. They have been compared to the Pixies, on occasion, but that can be mainly attributed to the very Frank Black-esque vocals of Rickard Lindgren and the backing vocals of Asa Sohlgren. The similarity with the Pixies applies on another level, too; Hell On Wheels simply writes pop songs, but they make their guitars a little louder than what is usually acceptable. That translates into an interesting listen, because even at the quieter moments there's always the ongoing threat of the growling guitars entering back into the picture at any second. Lyrically, the songs are a little on the peculiar side, yet it adds to the album's charm - the songs will grab you and keep a firm hold right from the very start. Unfortunately, the inertia of the first half-dozen songs isn't sustained for the duration of the entire album, but there's nothing here that could be regarded as unpleasant to listen to. Definitely a band to look out for. (Nons)