The Britannicas are the social distancing isolation super-group. We were recording confined to our our homes and countries decades before anyone even knew how.
The sun will shine again, never say never...
When The Britannicas recorded their newest single “Walls and Stars” from their homes in three different countries, they weren’t experimenting with social distancing or paying homage to The Rolling Stones’ performance of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” on this past Saturday’s One World: Together At Home Global Broadcast. It’s the way this international power pop band has been operating for years. Guitarist-backing vocalist Joe Algeri lives in Australia; guitarist Magnus Karlsson and drummer Stefan Johansson live in Sweden; and lead vocalist-bassist Herb Eimerman lives in the U.S.A. Written by Eimerman and mixed and produced by Algeri, “Walls and Stars” features the chiming Rickenbacker guitar, fluid melody, and Byrds-like harmonies we’ve come to expect from The Britannicas, with the added benefit of a bit more crunch than usual. The song is available for download at Algeri’s Egomaniac Bandcamp page.
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The Britannicas are four guys well-known in discriminating pop circles; Herb Eimerman (US), Joe Algeri (Australia), Magnus Karlsson (Sweden) and Stefan Johansson (Sweden). Drawn together by their love of melodic, guitar-driven pop, the foursome records remotely, joining the final elements via computer.
Like most of us, they’re quarantined with a lot of time on their hands, though they’re probably quarantined with a much better collection of guitars than most of us. “Walls & Stars” is a Herb Eimerman song, supported by a really wonderful wall of guitars that manage to be jangly and crunchy at the same time. With an optimistic vibe, when Eimerman sings, “The sun will shine again,” you believe him. The best news is, you can have this tune for free!
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released April 10, 2020
HERB EIMERMAN - lead and backing vocals, electric guitar, bass (USA)
JOE ALGERI - 12 string Rickenbacker guitar, backing vocals, tambourine (Australia)
MAGNUS KARLSSON - electric guitar (Sweden)
STEFAN JOHANSSON - drums (Sweden)
Recorded in respective homes in the USA, Sweden and Australia.
Mixed and produced by Joe Algeri.