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The Britannicas

by The Britannicas

For those of you whose taste doesn't stray from the 3 holy B's...The Beatles, Bryds, and Beach Boys.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Those Good Vibrations
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2. Baby Say Yeah Yeah
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3. Friday Night Alright (come Out And Play)
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4. The Girl From Malasana
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5. One of These Nights
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6. Don't Go Back
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7. Stars
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8. Ordinary Day
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9. Good Luck
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10. Blue Sky Grey
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11. Love Trap
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12. The Other Side
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

The band consists of 3 seasoned songwriters,
multi-instrumentalists and vocalists: Joe
Algeri (Jack & the Beanstalk - Australia),
Magnus Karlsson (Happydeadmen, The
Charade - Sweden), and Herb Eimerman
(Nerk Twins - USA). These 3 gifted musicians
have all recorded in their respective home studios and have shared their tracks across the
oceans. Clearly, the tyranny of distance is no impediment to producing great music.

THE BRITANNICAS debut album seamlessly covers the entire palette of classic era pop
music –from the jingle jangle of “Those Good Vibrations”, “Don’t Go Back” and “Stars”; the
garage rock of “the Girl from Malasaña”; the power-pop of “Baby Say Yeah Yeah” and
“One of These Nights; the more sombre folkiness of “Blue Sky Grey” and “Love Trap” and
the outer-worldly psychedelia of “The Other Side”.

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M Music & Musicians Magazine

Hail The BRITANNICAS...
Chicago’s Herb Eimerman, a member of America’s power-pop elite, goes international with the Britannicas—literally and figuratively. Featuring Eimerman on bass, joined by Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson and Aussie drummer Joe Algeri, the Britannicas’ self-titled debut overflows with ear candy and retro touches. The soaring harmonies that grace “Those Good Vibrations” suggest the Byrds referencing the Beach Boys. Similarly, “Friday Night Alright (Come Out and Play)” replays the Easybeats’ “Friday on my Mind” as if retooled by Buddy Holly. And the three songs that end the set—”Blue Sky Grey,” “Love Trap” and “The Other Side”—mine the Moody Blues. With each band member being a superb songwriter and an instrumental multitasker, the album is a thoroughly collaborative effort. Hail the Britannicas!
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Babysue

Jangly guitar pop in the grand tradition The BYRDS...
Another review from Babysue: The Britannicas is the trio comprised of Joe Algeri (Australia), Magnus Karlsson (Sweden), and Herb Eimerman (USA). The three are also in other bands: Algeri in Jack & The Beanstalk, Karlsson in Happydeadmen and The Charade, and Eimerman in Nerk Twins. This album was recorded by trading tracks over the internet...but you'd never know it from the overall sound. This, the debut album from the trio, features jangly guitar pop in the grand tradition of The Byrds. The sound is influenced by bands from the 1960s...but the produced sound is very current. Lots of thick harmony vocals here...as well as tracks that are at times impossibly catchy. Our favorite cuts include "Those Good Vibrations," "Don't Go Back," "Blue Sky Grey," and "The Other Side."
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Beverly Paterson

Twist and Shake Record Reviews
THE BRITANNICAS “The Britannicas” (Kool Kat Musik)
What happens when Herb Eimerman from The Nerk Twins, Joe Algeri from Jack and The Beanstalk and Magnus Karlsson from The Happydeadmen and The Charade get together? They become The Britannicas and cut a dandy of a debut album that leaves the listener begging for more. But it’s hardly surprising these guys have struck gold the first time around, since they’re all so talented and have crafted such masterful sounds in the past. Not straying the least from what they originally achieved with their previous pursuits, The Britannicas write, sing and perform classic pop rock. A rousing ode to biding farewell to the work week, “Friday Night (Come Out And Play)” is a modern day version of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues,” and then there’s “The Other Side,” a moody slice of hypnotic psychedelic shimmer and glimmer. Chiming guitars, pleasant vocals, neat harmonies and melodies galore crown songs like “Those Good Vibrations” and “Stars,” while a low-key folk fragrance fuels “Blue Sky Grey” and “Baby Say Yeah Yeah” adopts a gritty garage rock angle. Shades of The Kinks, Badfinger and Shoes often crop up here and there on “The Britannicas,” but in the end, the band has developed an identity of their own that connects on every level. A superb record, filled with pure pop from a band that knows their stuff.
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X-Press Magazine

The BRITANNICAS
Although claiming not to have been in the same room since 1998, it hasn’t hindered The Britannicas making music. Recording in their home studios in Byford, Sweden and Chicago respectively, the trio of Joe Algeri (Jack & The Beanstalk), Magnus Karlsson (The Charade) and Herb Eimerman (Nerk Twins) traded tracks across oceans to create an impressive pop record.

With each individual well known in international ‘boutique pop’ circles, there is no shortage of melody throughout these twelve tracks. The trio throw in all the ingredients that made classic Teenage Fanclub so appealing during opener Those Good Vibrations with the guitar jangle and sweet harmonies hardly abating for the remainder of the record.

Byford farmer Algeri adds a bit of Byrds-like twang on Stars and the gentile Blue Sky Grey. Karlsson isn’t to be outdone with the toe-tapping Don’t Go Back and folky Love Trap. The American cousin Eimerman has arguably the sweetest voice and more straight forward approach with One Of Those Nights and Baby Say Yeah Yeah being fine templates of the genre.
Sounding anything but a cobbled together product, The Britannicas could teach IKEA a thing or two about the ease and simplicity of constructing a worthwhile project.

_CHRIS HAVERCROFT
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Absolute Powerpop

The BRITANNICAS
The Britannicas-The Britannicas. The Britannicas are a power pop supergroup of sorts, consisting of Herb Eimerman, Magnus Karlsson and Joe Algeri. All three of them each have a vast body of solo and band work on their CVs, and all share a love of 60-styled pop in the manner of the big three Bs (Beatles, Beach Boys, Byrds). So it's fitting their own band begins with a B and borrows from those three. It's also fitting that the disc leads off with a track titled "Those Good Vibrations", but it owes more to the jangle of the Byrds than to the pop of Brian Wilson. Eimerman's "Baby Say Yeah Yeah" is old school power pop, Algeri's "Friday Night Alright" sounds like a lost Nuggets classic, and "Stars" brings the jangle in a great way. If the idea of 3 power pop vets at the top of their game bringing the 60s back to life is your cup of tea, the Britannicas are for you. And it has the imprimatur of the Kool Kat label, so you know it's quality.
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Power Popaholic

The BRITANNICAS
The enviable talent of Herb Eimerman (Nerk Twins) returns and is joined by Swede Magnus Karlsson (Happydeadmen) on guitar and Aussie Joe Algeri (Jack & The Beanstalk) on drums to form a truly international pop band called The Britannicas (despite the fact that no one here is British). The irony here is that these musicians have a common love of merseybeat and classic British pop. The gentle jangle of "Those Good Vibrations" is supported by some bright harmonies in the songs second half. "Baby Say Yeah Yeah" has that classic pop beat, Herb's vocals are very reminiscent of Chad & Jeremy, but with more of an edge. "Friday Night Alright (Come Out And Play)" is a guitar gem with an Eddie Cochran styled rhythm. Another favorite here is "Don't Go Back," chock full of Byrdsian jangle and a solid melody. The group harmonies work fine throughout - if anything, the band is a bit too tame in it's choice of tempo and mood. Still, fans of The Byrds, Moody Blues, Gerry & The Pacemakers and British styled pop will enjoy this one immensely.
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