Hailing from Örebro, Sweden, Captain Crimson‘s Dancing Madly Backwards is more than a passing reference to 70s hard rockers Captain Beyond; it’s a statement of purpose. The quartet has more than one foot placed firmly in that hey day, defiantly setting the knobs on the way back machine as they run through a series of straight up rockers. Going beyond the Captain, they flesh out the ghosts of outfits like Mountain, Leaf Hound, and Humble Pie while sitting firm with other Transubstans label-mates like Gordon Fights and Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus. They add some more ornate fills to their vintage sound taking it a bit past a narrow-cast retro aim, but they hit all the requisite touchstones of a heavy bottom end, fuzzed-out guitars, and riffs with hooks that either drag the past to light or refuse to let it go. I remember reading an interview with Nugent way back in the day, and when asked about Zeppelin he said something to the effect of “They’re about as English as a Chevy.” No disrespect to Captain Crimson and their homeland, and no additional props to the deluded Nugent, but you could swap out Zeppelin and English for CC and Swedish and you got about the same thing. Of course it’s not a stringently American sound, it never was, but CC and a lot of other like-minded Swedes of late are carrying that banner forward with both hands on the wheel, proving it’s the driver as much as the car.
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