Currently comprised of Philip Söderlind (drums), Brian Cukrowski (guitar / bass), Gustav Andersson (guitar / vocals), Julia Bjernelind (vocals) and Hugo Randulv (bass / guitar), the Gothenburg, Sweden-based quintet Westkust can trace their origins back to 2010 when the band officially formed – and in that time, the band has developed a reputation for being one of Sweden’s premier shoegaze acts. (Interestingly, Randulv and Andersson are also members of Makthaverskan who are also labelmates on Luxury and Run For Cover, and split duties with both bands.) Consider how rare that is in a city and country that have been primarily known for slickly produced pop – i.e., ABBA, Moonbabies, Niki and The Dove and others.
After the Junk 12″ and the “Summer 3D”/”Weekends” 7 inch were released to critical praise internationally, the band spent time extensively touring throughout their native Sweden and throughout Europe before returning to the studio to write and record the material that would comprise their much-anticipated full-length debut effort, Last Forever, which was released just the other day. Already, the Swedish quintet have received praise internationally from the likes of Spin, Pitchfork, Stereogum and others – and once you hear “Dishwasher,” the latest single off the album, you’ll see why. The song manages to pair towering and densely layered power chord-based power pop with acidic feedback and swooning boy/girl harmonies that makes the song sound as though it were a mesh of The Smiths and The Jesus and Mary Chain. It’s all bright neon colors and swooning Romanticism that’s rather infectious.