Swedish indiepop legends Red Sleeping Beauty (named after a song by 80’s Marxist band McCarthy). Following their first live show in two decades, they’re back after nearly 20 years out of the spotlight with a brand new album, Kristina, due out on Labrador Records on 17 June. We have the lead track ‘If You Want Affection’ a sensuous expertly crafted electro pop tune with a wistful vocal refrain, listen here:
“The album title is a tribute to band-member Kristina Borg, who struggled with breast cancer over the past few years but is now doing well. Due to her illness, she was not able to appear on the album as much as she would have otherwise and didn’t appear at their come-back concert at Madrid Popfest in March but hopes to be able to join them for other dates they have planned.
Red Sleeping Beauty formed in Stockholm in 1989 by singer Kristina Borg, singer/guitarist Niklas Angergård (Acid House Kings), guitarist Mikael Matsson (The Shermans) and bassist Carl-Johan Näsström. Contemporaries with many English counterparts on Sarah Records, they made a huge impact on the international indiepop scene with two fantastic albums and a series of singles and EPs. Their first release was in 1992 with EP Pop Sounds (Marsh Marigold), followed by four 7″s all on different pop labels (Somersault, Motorway, Grimsey, and Sunday) before returning to Marsh-Marigold for the first full length Bedroom. They then signed to the legendary Siesta Records to release their fifth single Sick & Tired, their second album Soundtrack, and a compilation of singles.”
Niklas explains; “The writing and recording process has never been more inspiring and Kristina is about ten times better than anything we’ve done in the past. You’ve only just seen the beginning of Red Sleeping Beauty 2.0!”
Red Sleeping Beauty will be coming over in the summer to play at the indietracks festival.
Indietracks Festival – 29 – 31 July