THE MAHARAJAS: Floor Killers LP (gatefold)
14 Moody Garage Gems from their Moody Vault
“Onstage and on record, the Maharajas consistently deliver high-energy, top-quality rock ‘n’ roll with the best of them (check out their Plug Sides anthology on Chaputa! Records for confirmation – here), but it’s their mastery of the moody garage sound that sets them apart from the garage-rock-by-numbers rabble. Few of the songs on Floor Killers are going to make you get up and dance, but any one of them may come back to haunt your dreams.” – Mike Stax
“This collection is dedicated to the ’65–’66 moody garage sound that we all surely love to bits and pieces. But nuff said! Get out your handkerchief, get bent on your preferred poison and get ready to rock back and forth on your couch while envisioning a sad empty dance floor when summer is over, and all turns to grey.” – Måns P. Månsson
1 YOU SAID GOODBYE
2 TELL ME
3 HOW CAN I GO ON?
4 OPEN MY EYES
5 WHAT WE HAD
6 YOU’VE GONE YOUR WAY
7 GOODBYE SUNSHINE
1 (TAKE A) LOOK AT YOURSELF
2 THE SUMMER NIGHTS (WILL COME)
3 TOO LATE TO REPENT
4 WHAT MORE CAN I DO?
5 JUST LET HIM GO
6 HANG OUT
Gatefold LP | Sleeve illustration by Rui Ricardo | Liner notes by Mike Stax | Moody notes by Måns P. Månsson
Release date: 2021, April 30th
Together with, for example, the 2014 album “Yesterday Always Knew” (Low Impact) – to take just one, of many, examples – “Floor Killers” shows more than anything else what an improbably complex combo The Maharajas is. Unlikely, because these four men have proven to have no musical boundaries whatsoever. Whether they play beer-soaked pub rock (“Sucked Into the Seventies”, 2010), grandiose merseybeat / powerpop (“Yesterday Always Knew”), nocturnal Star Club / Reeperbahn garage rock (You Can’t Beat Youth (2017), the song “We Come in Peace” (for God’s sake not believing in any such promises) or “Floor Killers” which is emotionally revealing are The Maharajas’ brilliant.
In addition to the fact that the group can be swinging tight, they also master the ability to hold back when needed. And it is not a completely obvious combination. They often thicken the atmosphere with nice organ and guitar loops and they dare to trust that their melodies hold, but so do Maharajas also have two superb songwriters in Jens Lindberg and Ulf Guttormsson. They both complement each other, but not only as songwriters but also as singers and they are best when they tackle the song together, as in “What We Had” and “Too Late to Repent”. But, two good singers are not enough, there is also Mathias Lilja, who is brilliant in the album’s darkest songs – “Goodbye Sunshine” and “Dead”.
The first-class music also includes initiated cover lyrics by Mike Stax and Måns P. Månsson, so while waiting for the next “real” album with The Maharajas, “Floor Killers” is a given purchase.”