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How Swede It Is: Nista EP Launch @ Jupiter (Thurs. Nov. 13)

Posted by Goran / November 12, 2008

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The Nista EP Launch Party blasts off at 9 PM on Thursday, November 13th (tomorrow) from the Jupiter Room (3874 St. Laurent). In exchange for a $5 cover, you will have the pleasure of experiencing two amazing local bands: Nista & The NDG Philharmonic.

It's a bittersweet moment for me: plugging a hot new local band with Swedish/Icelandic roots as my time in MTL nears its terminus and I prepare for my Scandinavian relocation. For this post, however, I shall focus on the sweet as it's relevance significantly outweighs its bitter counterpart. So if you're a fan of Scandinavian infused pop-rock, like I be, it may very well be in your best interest to click on "continue reading" link below.

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A couple weeks back, I had the unexpected pleasure of hearing out a "quirky local Swede-esque" band's new EP. Although Nista is partly comprised of native Quebeckers, there's no escaping its Icelandic/Swedish roots. After hearing the instantaneously catchy "Teenage Dreams", I immediately fell in love with their Norsk pop-rock sound which prominently features the sultry sensual vocal chords of front lady, Stina August.

There's just something about that Scandinavian sound and their perfectionist pop-rock compositions that gets me all hot and bothered and makes me want to rock it. Traces of the Cardigans and Nina Persson are stirred in with pinches of Bjork and the Sugarcubes, and dare I mention, hints of ABBA, Roxette and Ace of Base. I'm not just talking about every Swedish/Norwegian/Danish/Icelandic group I know, because then I would have brought up Aqua too. But seriously, I'm talking about the exquisite way in which Nista fuses sexy vocals with rockin' guitar riffs that are supported by a solid rhythmic foundation.

Nista will be preceded by yet another homegrown act, the NDG Philharmonic. Please do take the time to listen to their myspace page, as it definitely caught me off guard and rocked my socks off Forrest Gump Soundtrack style. I'm so liable to become a huge groupie of both bands. That means I think they're cool, which means you should too. And although "nista" translates into "nothing" in my native tongue, I have a strong feeling that this EP launch will also outweigh it Serbo-Croat significance.

Comment Homework: Battle of the Viking Bands
I'm a big fan of music that originates from Iceland/Norway/Denmark/Sweden. If you share my passion, then I would be thrilled to hear about your favourite Viking band or artist. Likewise, if you think tunes with this geographic indication suck, then please let me know why.

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G / November 12, 2008 at 03:41 pm
OK, fine... I'll get it going:

Lykke Li Baby! (
Andy / November 12, 2008 at 04:20 pm
Neneh Cherry Buffalo Stance! I saw her 3 years ago in Paris with MC Solaar and she's still got it.

Her brother sucks though.
S. / November 12, 2008 at 09:44 pm
how Swede it is? i don't get it.
O / November 12, 2008 at 09:57 pm
Jose Gonsalez, because he always has extra Snus
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