The Electric Era: A Litlle Less Gravity
By Shaun Chait
With a name that references the influence of the world wide web, The Electric Era is a duo comprising German-born Karsten Schwardt and ex-Fang member Brignall Wood. Based in Auckland, The Electric Era’s core sound is mid-fi indie-pop, with a pretty fair tilt of the cap to Dunedin bands - Schwardt even sounds like a cross between Martin Phillipps and Robert Scott. This is the second offering from him under The Electric Era moniker, the first available in shops. These guys have some pretty decent tunes - Pin Your Hopes is pleasant pop, with Bad Analogy, Waiting Room, and Keep It To Myself also strong tracks. In contrast, The Emperor is pretty unpleasant. Closing track Graveyard of Toys (to Alana 5yo) is to my knowledge the first track from this country in response to the Beslan hostage drama and its horrific result. Produced by both members with Schwardt engineering, ‘A Little Less Gravity’ was recorded, mixed and mastered at The Tunnel in Auckland.