Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus are:
Karl Apelmo: vocals, guitar
Micke Pettersson: guitar
Viktor Källgren: bass
Henke Persson: drums
Additional Musicians on Bloom:
Patrik Kolar: organ, mellotron, pianet
Viktor Holmstedt: backing vocals
Recorded at Studio Skyline, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Produced by Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus.
Recorded and mixed by Marcus Sjoberg.
Mastered by Henryk Lipp at Music A Matic Studios, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Artwork, illustration and design by Micke Pettersson.
Photography by Johannes Gothager.
Published by Small Stone Records (ASCAP).
A modern day retrospective 70's psychedelic rock band that has some meat on its bones. Over the last few years our editor's have been keeping a strong pulse on the genre finding a variety of credible modern acts that inject their own flare such as Graveyard, The Mystic Krewe of Clearlight and Radio Moscow.
While their name still throws us for a loop, Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus have built an album that is filled with layers of euphoric complex song arrangements and unique architecture. No doubt the album is loaded with Floyd-like song structure, Zeppelin-like cries and Rolling Stones undercurrents, but their vibe is far from commercial. What we love is the difficulty in finding a melody throughout the songs, allowing the listener to let the song peak the interest and provide a unique journey.
Hailing from Sweden, the foursome have been putting out music since 2004. Lead singer/guitarist Karl Apelmo has terrific energy and sound presence providing an actor for the band to experiment into innovative territory. Each tune provides its own complexity and texture. From the terrific "Skin Deep" exploring some great bluesy passages and epic riffs to the tone smokage of "Golden Hours" providing a churning slow tempo elaborate mindscape. The last track is a refreshing take off of an "ode to Zeppelin" in "Fernando". Very appealing and frankly warming to the heart to hear them revive the 70's pinnacle of music.
If you are looking for an album that will resurrect your love for 70's psychedelia but also provide some intrigue to pursue their other works, check out JIRM. They are coming up on their 10 year anniversary and we feel remiss in not having had them on heavy rotation all these years. We encourage you to give it a gander and please contact our staff if you know the reason why 'Jeremy Irons' is in their band name. As we digress, we do encourage you also check-out The Mission, Jeremy's finest work and one of the best soundtracks of all time from the beloved Ennio Morricone.
Standout Tracks: Golden Hours, Skin Deep
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like: Led Zeppelin, Graveyard, The Mystic Krewe of Clearlight