First Love, Last Rites - Shadows by Heist or Hit Records published on 2013/03/11 12:14:42 +0000 First Love, Last Rites return with their second album only one year after the dust has settled from the impact of their noisier debut. This time around they have taken their love for melodies to new heights. Instead of leaning on a background of guitar-driven bands like Swervedriver, they now let their melodic influences shine through. Think Northern Sweden’s answer to Teenage Fanclub. There is an obvious theme going on here; someone just landed after a bad break-up. It’s a very honest album to say the least. Honest in a way that sometimes gives you shivers because it’s so obvious what’s going on, and there’s a high level of self-recognition even if you like it or not. This, combined with a new-found love of pop music, makes this one of the strongest albums of 2013. It grows and surprises along the way. Listen!