Stream The Picturebooks’ guest-filled LP ft. mems of Refused, Clutch, Kvelertak & more
Blues rock duo The Picturebooks have just released a new album, The Major Minor Collective, with different guest vocalists on each track. That includes Refused's Dennis Lyxzèn, Clutch's Neil Fallon, former Kvelertak frontman (and current Hjelvik leader) Erlend Hjelvik, The Well's Lisa Alley & Ian Graham, Slothrust's Leah Wellbaum, Blues Pills' Elin Larsson, Black Stone Cherry's Chris Robertson, Halestorm's Lizzy Hale, and more. From the heavy-psych howls of The Well to Dennis Lyxzèn's punk-infused shout to Erlend Hjelvik's throat-shredding scream to Chris Robertson's straight-up blues delivery, the album has a lot of variety, and it's cool to hear these singers all bringing their own styles to riffy blues. Speaking about his contribution, Dennis Lyxzèn said:
Collaborations are exciting. Specially in a time where the world seems to be standing still we need to reach out to our friends and create together. I've know the guys in the Picturebooks for a while now. They did one of their first shows opening up for The (International) Noise Conspiracy in Berlin and we've been running into each other ever since.
This past summer they hit me up and asked if I wanted to be a part of a new song that they were working on. They were on a roadtrip in Sweden and wanted to come up to Umeå to hang out and create something. They sent me a bunch of demos and Claus (instigator, manager, general bad-ass) suggested one particular track for me. 'I think that number 16 would be perfect for you.'
Sometimes tracks just appear. I don't even remember writing the words to it or even working to get the ideas where they needed to be. It was that easy. It felt done after I've listened to it like 3 times.
The guys came up and we met in my practice space to record and sometimes when things move to easy you get suspicious that there's something wrong but as soon as we started recording, I knew that my first instinct were correct.
Music and creativity is mostly about hard work and sitting down and spending hours on it, just to get things exactly where you need them to be. There's no divine intervention or the magic of the bard; just hard work.
But sometimes there's a flow of words and ideas that's just there. For the taking. This was one of those time; When the music and the words and melodies and ideas just gelled, instantly. It's rare that things do so. I'm very pleased that they asked me to be a part of this. It's in indeed some kind of Magic.
Stream the album below...
01. Here’s to Magic (feat. Dennis Lyxzèn [Refused, INVSN])
02. Corrina Corrina (feat. Neil Fallon [Clutch])
03. Catch Me If You Can (feat. Chris Robertson [Black Stone Cherry])
04. Beach Seduction (feat. Leah Wellbaum [Slothrust])
05. Holy Ghost (feat. Jon Harvey [Monster Truck])
06. Too Soft To Live And Too Hard To Die (feat. Elin Larsson [Blues Pills])
07. Rebel (feat. Lzzy Hale [Halestorm])
08. Multidimensional Violence (Feat. Erlend Hjelvik [HJELVIK, Ex-Kvelertak])
09. Riders And Farmers (feat. The Inspector Cluzo)
10. Blind Riders (feat. The Well)
11. Again and Again
12. Song 12 (Fan Edition)*