2011 was a big year for Boston-based Rock ‘n Soul band Love in Stockholm. They landed a slot at Musikfest in PA playing right before Maroon 5, opened up for classic rock legends Chicago at the U.S. Cellular Pavilion in southern New Hampshire, and headlined their first tour, sharing bills with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Nigel Hall. They’ve played big stages in Chicago, Cleveland, Philly, Boston, Burlington, and everywhere in between, and taken the main stage at music festivals like People’s Fest (Ithaca, NY), Strange Creek (Western MA), the Block Island Music Festival (RI) and the Newport Arts Festival. After being pegged a “band to watch” by Ryan’s Smashing Life (rslblog.com), the group hasn’t had much sleep.
LiS emerged in 2007 from the basement parties of Allston, a low-rent neighborhood of Boston packed with college kids and musicians. They soon gained a reputation for their wild live performances, complete with blasting horns and frontman Charlie Rockwell’s guttural wail. Their sound evolved over the years, incorporating elements of folk, soul, R&B and rock, which blend together neatly on their full length debut, “A King’s Ransom.”
“A King’s Ransom” (fall 2010) pays homage to classic rock greats like Joe Cocker, The Band, and Sly and the Family Stone, and was recorded under the guiding eyes of Berklee graduates Greg Teves and Andrew Kline at Woolly Mammoth Studios in Boston.
The Boston Phoenix calls the album “the only [Boston] release akin to the Black Crowes’ ‘The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion’…3.5 out of 4 stars,” and The Weekly Dig says, “A King’s Ransom is Love in Stockholm’s official announcement that they’re here.”
The men of Stockholm are now heading back into the studio for a forthcoming 2012 release that will reflect a more refined version of the sound they have been building for the past five years. They will be recording at the renowned Q Division Studios with producer Ed Valauskas (Eli “Paperboy” Reed, The Click Five).