There is essence of the American Southern Gothic in the music of Christian and the 2120’s, which is intriguing considering they’re based in Kalmar, Sweden. With a seemingly effortless ability to fall into jams and grooves that are sometimes bouncy and sometimes haunting, the 2120’s find a place in a long history of blending Rock ‘n’ Roll and blues.
The band has seen public success with a handful of their songs appearing in a plethora of television shows and films, including Sons of Anarchy, Shameless, and The Heat. On their latest album, Moments, the band celebrates these successes and the musical journey of moments that got them to where they are today. From tracks with real force and energy behind them (“Where the Sun Don’t Shine”, “Move On” and “Moments”) to slower, more poignant songs (“Shake For Me” and the meandering “Seeing Shadows”), Moments explores a range of bluesy rock.
Of the many striking elements of the album, perhaps the most notable is the use of lingering organ and guitar jams that weave in and out of songs and give the impression that Christian and the 2120’s would be an experience to see live. Tracks like “Have Mercy” and “Tough Love” drive this home. All the while, juxtaposition finds a home on the album; the optimistic nature of “Into the Light” plays nicely against the expansive love narrative of “Slowdance” and energy mixes and mingles throughout.