January 2015 National Music Reviews

Review: Stockholm Monsters – All At Once

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Stockholm Monsters
All At Once
Captured Tracks
Street: 12.02.14
Stockholm Monsters = New Order + The Smiths – Morrissey

Stockholm Monsters are Manchester contemporaries of New Order, discovered by that band’s bassist, Peter Hook, in 1980—not long after, they became labelmates on Factory Records. Captured Tracks is re-releasing their entire catalogue: the full-length studio recording Alma Mater as well as several 7”s and singles into the mid-’80s, including the poke at rival label, “How Corrupt Is Rough Trade?” Produced by Hook, these songs are a bit more poppy than New Order, but had the misfortune of falling under their shadow and Ian Curtis’ death as well, but their music inspired a number of later Brit indie musicians, and still sounds vital now. –Stakerized!

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