Sweden’s Beverly Kills have a real buzz about them right now, establishing a Europe-wide live presence even before they’ve officially released much material. One listen to Seven Sisters will let you know why that’s the case.  

Coming hot on the heels of I Dreamt in Commercials, which we covered a few weeks ago, Seven Sisters is another prime cut of melodic post-punk. Here, they achieve something very unusual: the track feels very rooted in alt.rock, reminding me of Killers and Placebo. But in large part down to Alma Westerlund’s vocals, the song has a very open, pop sensibility. Along with some epic guitar and synth hooks, as well as a catchy if downbeat chorus, it achieves the perfect balance between mood and melody.

Here’s what the band had to say about the track. “It originated after a trip to Copenhagen, where we saw the statue of The Little Mermaid. We started writing the first half of the song a couple of days later, and its working title spontaneously became Ariel. Alma started writing the lyrics based around her and found inspiration in Ariel’s desperation to break free and to find love at whatever cost necessary. In the original fairy tale, she sacrifices everything she has for a romantic interest but eventually fails, which the lyrics mainly revolve around. It’s certainly a tragic love story, but even though it’s almost 200 years old, its theme remains timeless.”

The band’s debut EP Elegance in a State of Crisis is up for pre-order and will be released on the 17th of April via Welfare Sounds & Records. You can get details on how to listen to Seven Sisters here, or by checking out Beverly Kills on their social media accounts, which include Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.