Copenhagen-based bruisers debut raw-hearted new single and readies the debut album ‘Cloudlands’
for release via Bad Afro Records this autumn.
The Love Coffin’s first sharp-toothed single off of their upcoming debut album ought to leave one thing etched into your skull: That these guys are truly here to turn everyone’s heads and hearts back onto rock music, no matter if you’re an aficionado through and through or if the genre has largely flown under your radar lately. Hailing from their hometown of Odense, but based in Copenhagen, The Love Coffin was conceived as a sort of skunkworks project in deep isolation within the Danish capital’s underground scene in 2013. They lurked in the shadows, thus remaining little more than a murky fairytale, a hushed rumour or a dirty secret if you will, until the autumn of 2015, where they debuted with the five-song ep ‘Veranda’ (Flammekaster Records) – a study in the darker aspects of human existence set to intoxicating rock music.
It would be another two years of rehearsing and touring with critically lauded concerts in their wake, amongst other at the venerable Roskilde Festival (a show which was awarded a 6/6 rating from renowned Danish indie music outlet Undertoner), support jobs for Thee Oh Sees (US), Spectres (UK) and Tuxedomoon (US) as well as headlining shows on their own, until The Love Coffin was ready for the next chapter: Their acclaimed second ep ‘Buffalo Thunder’, released in the autumn of 2017, which also revealed a newfound lushness to their otherwise thunderously visceral sound.
In 2018, The Love Coffin is readying its debut album. The nine-song long-player is titled ‘Cloudlands’ and will be released in a Danish/French joint venture between the independent stalwarts Bad Afro Records and Paris-based Third Coming Records. ‘Pure’ is the lead-off single from the album and it showcases the Copenhagen five-piece at its very finest. The Love Coffin’s songs are all about contrasts – be it in the music, which shifts effortlessly from finely spun melodic melancholy to searingly dissonant bursts of noise – their lyrical themes, which can best be described as pendulous journeys between ominous, tar-black depths of despair and bright shafts of cheek-blushing optimism – or in the schism between frontman Jonatan K. Magnussen’s wildly intimate, volcanic vocals and the cinematic expansiveness of the sonic imagery his bandmates conjure around him.
Sure, you might be able to glean bits and pieces of the patchwork of influences that has led to The Love Coffin’s sound – particularly the unforgiving, magmatic squall of the NY noise rock scene of the 80’s, the sepia-dusted, grimy wide-screen perspective from the post punk that came out of Australia in the same era and last, but not least, a knack for burying lush pop hooks under a rough-hewn bedrock of ugly guitars, Trojan horse-style, not unlike the pioneers of the British shoegaze did it. This band, though, is first and foremost a beast of its own making. Beneath the bruises you will find both tenderness, raw-hearted honesty and a dizzying talent. These five guys are here, they’re now, and they’re going straight for the jugular. Embrace the darkness or fend it off; you probably won’t escape unscathed, but you will live to tell the tale of The Love Coffin.
The Love Coffin is Jonatan K. Magnussen on vocals and guitar, Kristian Alexander on guitar, Lasse Christiansen on keys and guitar, Tue Einar Bakfeldt on bass and Alexander Vitus on drums. The debut album ’Cloudlands’ is released on Bad Afro Records/Third Coming Records this autumn, and the lead single ‘Pure’ is out now along with its accompanying music video.
Listen to Pure: https://badafrorecords.bandcamp.com/track/pure
Listen to ‘Pure’ on Spotify, Apple, Tidal etc. HERE