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Album Review

The name may bring the Polyphonic Spree to mind, but when Norway’s the Megaphonic Thrift started becoming popular in the States in 2010, critics consistently compared the group to Sonic Youth. The similarities are hard to ignore. Both bands share a similar lineup — a female bassist (Linn Frøkedal) singing next to a guy with a drowsy drawl playing choppy chords on his Fender Jaguar (Richard Myklebust) while a second guitarist fans the fire with squalling dissonance, as a steady yet explosive drummer keeps it all in line. Even if ‘90s rock is an obvious touchstone, this take on the past style is done impeccably on Decay Decoy, making it a solid debut, filled with songs that manage to blend disheveled indie rock grit with straightforward pop melodies. In fact, the Megaphonic Thrift are so apt at filtering the best parts out of the glory days of noise pop, dream pop, and shoegaze that any beefs about originality will probably be drowned out by the album’s thrilling hooks.


Formed: 2008 in Bergen, Norway

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Richard Myklebust (of Stereo 21) teamed up with Linn Frøkedal and Njål Clementsen (of Low Frequency in Stereo), and Fredrik Vogsborg (of Casiokids) to form Megaphonic Thrift in 2008. As contributors to the noise-pop scene of Bergen, Norway, making keen melodies punctuated by wailing feedback was a natural progression for the members, and in November of that year, they released their first 7", “Acid Blues/Mad Mary." It wasn’t long before Megaphonic Thrift inked an international deal with Deadly People...
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