Formed in the late 90’s, Audionom is a Stockholm supergroup that quickly became a popular live act known for its abrasive shows that also integrated the films of member Martin Malm. The band’s hypnotic pummeling sound took inspiration from their love for such early experimental visionaries as Hawkwind, Brian Eno, and Neu! Nowhere is this more evident then on their full length debut Retrospektiv, which is comprised of material taken from various recordings and incarnations spanning 1999-2002. Upon discovering Restrospektiv on a recent voyage to Sweden, Kemado A&R Keith Abrahamsson knew it was a discovery worth bringing home. “It was just one of those right time, right place instances that ended up working out for us.”
Repetition is definitely a reoccurring theme on Retrospektiv. Whether it’s the punishing monotonous sound in opener “Ljusets Krigare”, the electronically-keyed “Kristall,” or avant Joy Division-esque “And You Said I Was The Only One,” the merging of electronic and punk rock is repeated throughout the entire record.
The current status of the band is happily reunited (as of December 2006). Internal tension has caused the band to break up and reform numerous times over the years, but amends have been made, and you can expect a lot more from them in the future. But for now, Retrospekiv serves to introduce their intense music to a whole new audience eager for an uncompromising, wall of sound.