- David Bentley
Nothing in Common - 'Kicking Myself' (from 'Kicking Myself' EP)
A new Swedish band here, Nothing in Common is a Stockholm based indie-pop trio and ‘Kicking Myself’ is taken from their debut EP. Their forte is frank indie-pop songs about relationships and heartbreak, often with darker, more introspective undertones.
Bo (drums) and Pelle (guitar) met whilst studying digital design at school together. They then discovered singer-songwriter Alice and invited her to a session. Two tracks in the trio have garnered over 100,000 streams on Spotify, and built a loyal online following.
The song was written by Alice, sharing her own experiences with honesty. Sang through gritted teeth, Kicking Myself tells an all-too-familiar tale of regret and reflection, looking back on a situation that she should have handled differently. She says, “When I wrote this song, I really wanted to convey the feeling of being lost in a constant loop of ‘what if’s’”.
I’ll be honest, I’m wary of some band names. The Lovely Eggs; Beans on Toast; Mr Ben & the Bens; Oh my God! It’s the Church. All great bands but I’m cagey about these obscure labels and especially where there’s food involved.
Nothing in Common made me uneasy, too, as if it was some sort of in-joke, as in ‘we have nothing in common musically, as you’re about to find out.’
I needn’t have worried. It’s a well-constructed song, tuneful with insistent four- and six-note riffs and Alice sings great harmonies with herself. The ending could be a little bit stronger but that’s the only criticism I would make.
'Kicking Myself' was released on March 6th, and the full EP on March 20th, via Flak Records.
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