Soundscape’s A-Z Of Bands: Dead By April

Photo by Beatrice Törnros.

This week’s featured band for our A-Z is the genre-defining Dead By April of Sweden.

Mixing super-sweet (almost boyband esque) vocals with unclean vocals, accompanied with some awesome keyboard/synth alongside your standard band lineup, this band pushes the boundaries in the best possible way with their unique sound.

The band was formed in 2007 and have since gone from strength to strength, despite having a couple of major lineup changes, and even entered a competition to represent Sweden in Eurovision 2012 and placed seventh with their song Mystery.


Dead By April performing Mystery in the semi-finals of the competition, courtesy of alcagr via YouTube.

The band recently had a controversial lineup change which resulted in one of the founding members, Jimmie Strimell, leaving the band and being replaced by Christoffer “Stoffe” Andersson, due to Jimmie’s personal problems. This decision was received with a mixed response, with certain fans unhappy about the change, but it was a lineup change that did need to happen. We caught Dead By April live at Bogiez not long after the change was announced (although weren’t able to review it due to our writer being busy with university exams!) and to tell the truth, the band couldn’t have been more in-tune with one another, with Christoffer looking like he had always been a part of the band.

Dead By April are currently working on their third studio album, which will be their first album with Christoffer. Keep an eye on the site for a review of it in the future, as you can be sure we’ll be reviewing it!

Recommended tracks:
Erased
When You Wake Up
Leaves Falling

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About Natalie 1941 Articles
Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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