Stockholm Sweden's MONEYBROTHER is the solo project from Anders Wendin (originally of Monster fame) where he creates a soul-oriented blend of music styles like reggae, punk, rock'n'roll, pub rock, and even disco. Named after the two words that his baby brother could pronounce in English, MONEYBROTHER walked straight in to people's... [read more]
Moneybrother - Real Control - April 2010
Stockholm Sweden's MONEYBROTHER is the solo project from Anders Wendin (originally of Monster fame) where he creates a soul-oriented blend of music styles like reggae, punk, rock'n'roll, pub rock, and even disco. Named after the two words that his baby brother could pronounce in English, MONEYBROTHER walked straight in to people's hearts with his gold selling, Grammy award-winning, striking 2003 debut album Blood Panic. Since then, Wendin has continued to reach new successful heights throughout Europe with the three releases that followed, not to mention a tomato soup brand that bears the MONEYBROTHER name. Now the artist has set his sights stateside with his first US full length release, Real Control, which includes four reworked and rerecorded tracks that are different from the Scandinavian release of the album.
It didn't take long for touring American bands to take notice of MONEYBROTHER'S distinct sound. Against Me!'s Tom Gabel often talks about MONEYBROTHER'S music when asked about his favorite bands. Sabot Productions released a US sampler of b-sides and tracks off of MONEYBROTHER’s debut and sophomore releases after Jordan, Sabot owner and Against Me! tour manager, and his band mates fell in love with MONEYBROTHER'S music. MONEYBROTHER also captured the interest of Franz Nicolay of the Hold Steady and World/Inferno Friendship Society, who invited the artist to open for a recent US tour.
With Real Control, MONEYBROTHER continues to utilize elements of 60s and 70s soul, like call and response vocals, sweeping string arrangements and dramatic lyrics, or what LA Weekly describes as “a Scandinavian stew of reggae, disco and roots-rocking thrash.” From the Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn & John) produced opener, “Born Under A Bad Sign” to the soulful epic closer of “Showdown,” MONEYBROTHER paints with the same pallet as Stiff Records era pub rock bands, Dexy's Midnight Runner, Thin Lizzy, The Clash, Sprinsteen, and, of course, the northern soul greats that so deeply inspired him.
"With a soulful voice that often strikes as Joe Strummer’s sonic doppelganger, Wendin shows this nomadic side in his music, too, with measures of punk, rockabilly and disco often appearing within the same song." - Paste
“A Scandinavian stew of reggae, disco and roots-rocking thrash.” - LA Weekly
“Integrated into this EP are flares of the aforementioned disco, soul, folk and straight-up rock. It's all packed together into a package that continues to floor me.” ...” According to some, this is Sabot co-conspirators Against Me!'s favorite band. Shocking, but I can totally see why. This has definitely taken the top spot for EP's released this year for me.” - Punknews.org
"“Born Under a Bad Sign” is a great showcase of the mix of ’60s soul, ’70s punk and ’80s pop that makes Moneybrother someone to look out for in 2010." - Ice Cream Man
“The best songs -- and there really are too many to mention here -- are intense and soulful pop/rock mini-symphonies of the kind Bruce Springsteen used to make in the mid-'70s: the grand piano pounds, the saxophone lines soar, and the dramatic string arrangements underpin Anders Wendin's wonderfully scruffy voice...This is every bit as good as classic, soul-tinged pop/rock gets. Period.” - All Music Guide