INVSN the beautiful stories


The Beautiful Stories

Dine Alone Records

Rating: 4/5




Sweden’s INVSN have released their new album, The Beautiful Stories, today, it was originally released earlier this year in their homeland on Woah Dad! Records, but today marks the first release of the album outside of their native Scandinavia and it is now available via their new international home, Dine Alone Records. INVSN are a band born of the Swedish punk and alternative scenes, their line up features members of Masshysteri, Tiger Forest Cat, Deportees, DS-13, Refused and The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Beautiful Stories is their sophomore album and it follows on from their critically acclaimed self titled debut that was released in 2013.

Immer Zu opens with a distinctly post punk feel, it’s a track that recalls Joy Division, The Cure and Siouxsie And The Banshees and it veers between sparse verses and intense momens and rises to an irresistible chorus. This is a style that carries across the entirety of The Beautiful Stories, it’s an album that is informed by the intense angular post punk influences that populate all seven tracks with a moody and atmospheric feel. Over recent years I’ve found many post punk releases to be somewhat formulaic, with many bands merely adopting the style and attempt to recreate it, whilst INVSN are undoubtedly influenced by the same bands this is no pale imitation, INVSN bring the post punk influences right up to date and as a result they have brought something new to the genre.

The Beautiful Stories is a dark and atmospheric album that is born of post punk, but it’s combined with the collective members of INVSN‘s experience to bring new life to a scene that all to often wallows in the past. The Beautiful Stories is an accomplished and original album, yes of course you can hear the obvious influences, in particular there’s an obvious comparison to Siouxsie Sioux in some of the vocal deliveries, but this is an original dark hypnotic release that grows on you with every listen, and it is one that deserves to be heard beyond the confines of the Scandinavian borders.

You can purchase The Beautiful Stories via Dine Alone Records on CD, vinyl and digital formats here

INVSN Release Stream Of ‘This Constant War’

INVSN the beautiful storiesINVSN released their latest single, This Constant War, last week, the track is taken from their latest album, The Beautiful Stories, that is set to drop on June 9th via Dine Alone Records. The song is one of resistance, to put an end to the belittling of music, the arts and culture in the political climate we are in today.

You can pre-order The Beautiful Stories via Dine Alone Records here

You can stream INVSN‘s latest single This Constant War here

INVSN Release First Track From Forthcoming Sophomore Album

INVSN the beautiful storiesImmer Zu is the first single to be released from INVSN‘s forthcoming sophomore album, The Beautiful Stories, that will be available from the 9th June via Dine Alone Records. INVSN were formed by Dennis Lyxzen of Refused and the latest full length release follows on from 2013’s self titled debut album.

INVSN‘s Facebook page can be found here

You can stream Immer Zu here

Video: INVSN – #61

invsn80s influenced Swedish rock group INVSN have released their new music video for #61 . The video was directed by Jakob Arevärn and is the second music video from the self-titled album which was released by Razor & Tie. The release marks the groups English language debut. 

The band, which features Dennis Lyxzén [Refused, The (International) Noise Conspiracy], has also announced U.S. tour dates which include a few shows at SXSW. Full tour dates and the video can be seen below. 

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Contest: Win An INVSN (Ex-Refused) Prize Pack

INVSNRefused‘s Dennis Lyxzén can’t rest. After putting Refused to rest, he soon resurfaced with The (International) Noise Conspiracy for several years. That led to a brief Refused reunion last year which, in turn, led him to his latest project: INVSN.

Featuring fellow Swedes Andre Sandström (DS-13), Sara Almgren (The (International) Noise Conspiracy), Richard Österman, and Anders Stenberg (Lykke Li, Deportees), INVSN released their English language debut in September through Razor & Tie and are currently touring with Minus The Bear across North America supporting it.

As the tour comes to an end, we’re pleased to give away two INVSN prize packs each with a copy of the album on vinyl, a copy on CD and a tshirt.

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INVSN Stream New Album, Announce Tour

invsnThe self titled debut album from Swedish post punk band INVSN dropped on Sept 24th, and is also available for streaming in full thanks to here. INVSN sees the return of former Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzén, who has surrounded himself with a stellar supporting cast including former members of (the) International Noise Conspiracy and DS-13

Full track list and tour dates below.

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INVSN (Ex-Refused) – Down In the Shadows

INVSN Sweden’s INVSN (pronounced in-vey-zhuh-n), featuring Dennis Lyxzén  of Refused and The International Noise Conspiracy along with musicians Andre Sandström (DS-13), Sara Almgren (The International Noise Conspiracy), Richard Österman, and Anders Stenberg (Lykke Li, Deportees), have posted their first new song.

The track, Down In The Shadows, is below. The band will release their debut U.S. album this Fall on Razor & Tie.  The album was tracked at Studio Ingrid in Stockholm, (formerly known as Polar Studios) and is currently being mixed by Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, PiL, Nick Cave, Kate Bush) and Jacob Hansen (Volbeat). This will be their English language debut record having released music in Sweden previously.

INVSN will tour the U.S. this Fall in support of their new album.

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