ArticlesMusic ReviewsPressure Dissect a Modern Love Façade in New Double Single

Pressure, the Swedish Melodic-Rock band from SamBone Promotions / Xing Records return with a new conceptual double-single, “Just Undress” and “Barb Wire Love”, the story of the “perfect couple” who secretly have lost all their magic and are both secretly pining for the girl in the apartment across the street from them.  The sounds of these two songs are in line with what you’ve come to expect from the band if you’ve heard them before, but the arrangements are a little more complex and meaty this time around.

For the uninitiated, Pressure consists of band members Simon Forsell (guitars, drums, backing vocals ), Olof Jönsson (lead vocals), Emil Salling (guitar), Olli Violet (vocals) and Ignacio Arrúa (bass), and suggest what 80’s Pop Titans Roxette might have sounded like if they mixed the dirt of grunge and the attack and flamboyance of hair metal.  The first song in this conceptual love triangle, “Just Undress” is a tale of voyeurism from the point of view of the woman in this failing relationship.  Lyrics such as “Just undress, step into the light, I must confess I watch you every night” set unquenchable thirst to sleazy, but admittedly fun and bouncy music.  The riffs are harder than the last single I remember, and the arrangements a bit more complex.  Lyrically and vocally, Olli Violet owns the spotlight here, approaching the performance with as much character as vocal technique, and the story unfolds in a very visual way.  This is tricky to do in a song, so kudos to Pressure for pulling this off.  The song’s hook is memorable and catchy, and you find yourself thinking of it after the song is over.

“Barb Wire Love” conversely tells the story from the man’s point of view.  Secretly vying for the same woman, vocalist Olof Jönsson plays the lead role in this sequel.  Missing the danger and thrills often associated with a relationship’s honey moon period, we hear the perspective of a man who needs and yearns for the excitement of yesteryear, all the while unaware that his counterpart is thinking the exact same thing. This song isn’t quite as heavy or as nocturnal sounding as “Just Undress”, but the tempo is faster, and there is a masculine quality to this where-as the first song felt more mysterious and a bit more dangerous, with the second song feeling more like a feel-good jam with a dark edge.

It’s been enjoyable to see the growth exhibited by Pressure from their last release to this one, and I look forward to hearing what the band does in the future.  If melodic, genre-fluid, and slightly raunchy rock and roll is your forte, look up Pressure and crank it.