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Culkin / Press

“The key to 'Several Sundays' success is the lack of indulgence; the sound is never abused, never over the top and definitely never over-produced. The production is subtle, capturing songs that feel live and organic, and it's this warmth that makes the album feel alive. Sure there are lots of guitars and they're not scared of a solo, but it's done in a warts-and-all manner, with discord and occasionally strained vocal delivery. They're wonderful attributes to have, giving character instead of being sterile. 'Several Sundays' is a proper grower too, taking a few plays to reveal its hidden depths, but if you like guitars used correctly - and lots - then you should give Culkin some time. Their mission statement is to "make you start believing in indie-rock again", and with this record that mission is well and truly under way. In this corner of the world guitars are most definitely cool.”

“Even though it, on paper, should be easy to play rock, there are very few bands that manage to create a combination of drums, bass, guitars and vocals worth anyone's time and energy. These days it's hard enough to be original even when equipped with an arsenal of exotic or obscure instruments in the quest for something new. So what chances do a rock band actually stand to create something entirely of their own? Well, the right influences, a boat load of courage and a bit of faith in what you do will apparently get you pretty far. Culkin play straight, direct, and loud rock music that doesn't need frills or sophisticated buzz words to make its point. The music this Stockholm based quartet creates has its roots in bands where it was clear that a steady drum beat is key. It's music filled with groovy basslines and guitars dripping of distortion, and it works surprisingly well, even on record. (Translated from Swedish)”

“Why strive for new pastures when the old still is good, although long forgotten? That appears to be the question of Stockholm band Culkin who are totally frank about their indulgence in college fuzz rock with attitude. Their debut could almost be a right good old indiepunkpop record from 1991, that you must have somehow overlooked, that’s how authentically Culkin come across. Hüsker Dü, Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr. and the Swirlies stand as proud parents. Because it fits that they are currently on tour with british Yuck. The Swedish press is not entirely wrong in their celebration of them as the saviors of honest indie-rock, and after hearing the rough but heartfelt debut album "Several Sundays", you may want to subsrcibe to that notion in bold letters. "Left Behind" and "Libbets Casey" are two clear highlights. Everyone who thought the legacy of the early 90s college rock was extinct is taught to know better by Culkin. Very rarely in recent years has indie rock been so beautiful.”

“When I listen to the debut album of Stockholm band Culkin, I’m automatically brought back to 1987 or 1988. I’m 22-23 years old, I’ve just bought new albums by Buffalo Tom, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, The Lemonheads or Sonic Youth. Skip forward a few years and there’s Ride and Pavement. Culkin undoubtedly utilize loud American noise rock methodology, but also a bit of Swedish indie tradition, Popsicle being one good example. It’s an album that makes me feel good and feel the weight a good indie rock record should have. I am convinced Culkin can make the world rotate around its axis a few extra times because their music is so good. It takes me on a few extra turns of joy. Their music adds a few extra heartbeats in my chest. Because what Culkin deliver is great loud indie rock just the way I like it. Eleven strong songs with clear, precise arguments for what they want and what the songs mean to the group. Culkin, are going to do well. I can feel it. ”