Like so many young people, in 2019 the members of Swedish Death Candy find themselves living in a state of uncertainty, not just in reference to the obvious current political unrest in the UK. The London-based international acid rockers release their second album Are You Nervous?, and it’s playing on their minds. “Environmental issues, technological advances...it feels like we’re on the brink of massive change,” says Perry, “Are You Nervous? felt like an appropriate title. I’m a big sci-fi fan, and the best science fiction is generally a social commentary based in a futuristic universe. I feel like we’re living in that time. We aren’t far from the future that a lot of the classic sci-fi novels refer to.”
Are You Nervous? is a more concise and considered injection of Swedish Death Candy’s influences than ever before. Whilst retaining their core psych-sound, there’s a heaviness to Swedish Death Candy that seems latent within the band; gut-twisting, rolling riffs, dripping in distortion. Early tracks released from the album - Green and A Date With Caligula - hinted at a leaner, meaner version of Swedish Death Candy; still retaining the swirling psych and drifting desert rock influences, but with their compact riffs distilled and weaponized to a new pinpoint accuracy. Elsewhere, album cuts like Modern Child - about an orphaned child born in the future to robot carers— weave Perry’s disparate cultural influences together perfectly, and taking a creative approach to the storytelling on the record allowed him to examine topics from multiple perspectives.