REVIEW: NO WAYNE – Sjöhagsvägen EP (2024)

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There are few quicker ways to get a review on MV than to mention The Hellacopters.

So this debut from No Wayne, produced by one of Nicke Andersson’s henchmen, Chips Kisbye, meant they were on to a winner before they’d started.

There’s another reason for writing about “Sjöhagsvägen”: it’s really, really good.

It might be a debut, but for guitarist Kai and bassist Goran, it’s a continuation of a 30-year musical collaboration. It doesn’t end there, either. Ilpo on drums is Kai’s brother (they didn’t know until a few years ago), and Kai’s ex-wife Camilla sings to complete the lineup.

Now that we’re all caught up, what of the just under 11 minutes this contains? Well, it… starts in balladic fashion with “C’Mon “Baby”, harmony-filled and seemingly left in an American diner on Route 66, untouched for decades—but that just lulls you in.

You see, the stomping garage rock of “Doin’ Fine” is much more representative of what they do; indeed, “Sing This Song” likes the idea so much that it basically does it again.

And the last one, “That’s Alright”, is as unhinged as it gets: screeching, filthy-sounding indignation. You can only imagine the sweat-soaked stages as they play it.

Given that No Wayne has changed its name for this record, it feels like a fresh start.

Whether it’s the start of something big, only time will tell, but it’s a beauty of a rock n roll EP.

Rating: 8.5/10

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