THE LEGENDS – “SOMETHING LEFT TO DIE FOR”
“Since founding Labrador Records in 1998, Johan Angergård has been a key figure in both crafting and promoting such heart-bruising Scandinavian sounds…” – SPIN
Today, Stockholm cult heroes The Legends share “Something Left To Die For”, the second single from It’s Love – their first album in seven years. Following the lush, slow-burning first single, “Keep Him”, Johan Angergård further draws us into his emotional world. “Something Left To Die For” is soft spoken and intimate, capturing the essence of the album and Johan’s personal path to reconciliation. In addition to premiering the single, SPIN features an exclusive conversation with Johan about It’s Love and his history as a musician and boss of Labrador Records.
As a body of work, It’s Love details a recent chapter in the life of Johan Angergård (Labrador Records’ manager and founder of projects, The Legends, Acid House Kings, Pallers and Club 8) that saw him wrestle with issues of loss, love and identity. Turning 40 brought with it unexpected emotional distance from things that once mattered very much. Suddenly, his role as Labrador label boss was less important to him, and a relationship with someone he shared a large chunk of his life with lost importance completely. “I felt old and like I didn’t belong anywhere…some sort of no-man’s-land. Free floating.” At the same time, a new romance came crashing into his world, bringing with it both infatuation and anxiety. With his internal life shifting, an abrupt creative streak spurred It’s Love in a matter of months. Not surprisingly, acceptance soon followed, and although no firm answers have yet revealed themselves, Johan’s struggle stopped. “I spent 2014 looking back on things that happened only recently, but with emotions and experience from 40 years squeezed in there. I don’t know if this all sounds a bit pessimistic. It shouldn’t. It’s a new start. There’s a lot of hope. There’s love.”
IT’S LOVE – TRACKLIST
1. Keep Him
2. Smoke And Mirrors
3. Love You
4. Something Left To Die For
5. The Great Unknown
6. All About Us
7. Winter Is The Warmest Season
The Legends from Stockholm have enjoyed a somewhat accidental career. Beginning with Up Against The Legends, their debut album in 2003, the project was comically assumed to be a 9-piece band due to early shows consisting of friends on stage, drunk and generally winging it. In actuality, The Legends has only ever been a personal outlet for one person, Johan Angergård, apart from his other, more focused projects, Club 8 and Acid House Kings.
Following the first LP were two back-to-back full-lengths — Public Radio in 2005, and Facts and Figures in 2006. Both records were well received, providing The Legends a platform to play festivals and tour internationally. The sound of each album was nothing like the one before it. “That’s the result of me needing to say what I want to say and express evolving emotions,” Johan explained. This approach was creatively satisfying, but divisive to fans that expected a more continuous sound across releases. “I didn’t think I’d record any more after Facts and Figures, but after a particularly chaotic stretch in 2008 and some angst, I needed noise and recorded Over & Over. And then I thought I wouldn’t record another album again…”
It’s Love is out via Cascine on June 30.
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