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Editors’ Notes

The Mary Onettes have hit a sweet spot in their career, where they’re working at the height of their powers and realizing the magic that's in their particular chemistry. Their third album, Hit the Waves, was a remarkable collection that showed the world that the Swedish group had quickly matured and were locked in, having pushed all their previous bad luck into the past. Portico is the follow-up EP, which at seven songs offers up nearly a complete album’s worth of material. However, rather than waiting for further material to add to this set, the band were honest and knew they had everything they wanted to accomplish right here. “Silence Is a Gun” is so strong it had to bat leadoff. Yet the magic of the forlorn “Ritual Mind,” the extended pop glare of “Naive Dream” (with its pulsing excitement), the solemn and gorgeous “Bells for Stranger,” and the beautiful synthetic hook of “Your Place” invite comparisons from The Smiths to The Cure to the many modern bands who also borrow from the ‘80s playbook. 

Customer Reviews

Do You Feel The 80's?

They bring it back, and they do it well

This band really sends me back

Masterful sweet new oddly here and there...

Just discovered this group! glad I did! :)


Formed: 2000 in Jönköping, Sweden

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Highlighted by ringing guitars and reverbed vocals, the Mary Onettes formed in Jönköping, Sweden in 2000. The band -- Philip Ekström (vocals, guitar), Henrik Ekström (bass), Petter Agurén (guitar), and Simon Fransson (drums) -- experienced false starts in the music industry, as it first lost a record deal and then released an EP through Sony in spring 2005 before parting ways with the label. The group was about to self-release all future recordings until a demo wound up with respectable Swedish indie...
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