Normandie is supposed to be a post-hardcore / alternative rock band from Sweden but their most recent album, released in February of 2021, has more of a pop/punk feel to it rather than alternative rock. They claim to be Sweden's best kept secret so I'm here to tell you why you should give Normandie a listen.
Their style of music has been compared to the likes of Thirty Seconds To Mars, Bring Me The Horizon and Pvris
All of their bios seem to have conflicting information of who is actually in the band so I hope this is up to date. Normandie consists of Lead vocalist Philip Strand, guitarist Håkan Almbladh, basist Lucas Englund and drummer Anton Franzon.
I've been listening to a few of Normandie's tracks lately while writing, so decided to check the back catalogue. Dark & Beautiful Secrets is the band's third album and while some critics have slammed it for being too commercial, I can certainly see the appeal and to be honest, the same could be said for a lot of Bring Me The Horizon's most recent releases...I mean, you know a band is not 100% rock any more when you hear them played in the background of a British Soap, right?
Dark & Beautiful Secrets is an album that I like to call vocal journaling, where an artist is using the medium of music to tell the world their experiences and for this album, it focuses on lead singer Philip's struggles with anxiety.
I think the website Punktastic summed it up when describing the song Hostage and this is the essence of the vocal journaking.
It’s a song that will resonate deeply with anyone who’s struggled with the internal battles of anxiety disorders, lyrically capturing the repetitive thoughts and inescapable nature of panic – it’s all too familiar, but there’s strength in sharing this experience, and the result is a truly cathartic few minutes that show a new side to this band.
Babylon, Hostage, Jericho, Holy Water, Bury Me Alive, Thrown In The Gutter, Renegade and Chemicals
The band recently released a series of acoustic versions of songs from the album and I am a sucker for an acoustic track!
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