My grandmother loves Erik and Kent Widman, who are brothers and the principal musicians in Love In October. She has no idea who these Minnesotans are, but knows they are Swedish, and that makes her happy.
Oh, the Swedes! I tell my friends it’s an invasion akin to the 60′s UK invasion, but it’s lasted longer and they’re better looking–hey, I can be proud of my heritage. It’s kind of unclear where the Widman brothers fit. They are at least of Swedish descent, but have lived in the U.S. long enough to claim both Minneapolis and Chicago home. Regardless of origination, the Widmans deliver great indie rock with big hooks, big beats, and enough rhythm to keep your butt shaking.
When I hear the newest tracks from Love In October, I am taken back to my college years and see connections to bands like the Ocean Blue and the Lightning Seeds. They don’t sound like either particularly, but it’s clear that they draw from that era of indie pop. Their latest, Love In October II, is freely available through Bandcamp, where the band has several other singles and longer recordings for download.
Love In October – Do You Love Me [mp3]
Love In October – Desperate [mp3]
Download (FOR FREE): EPs and Singles from Love In October
Watch: Love In October cover Walls (Shout Out Louds)
Watch: Love In October – Petrula the Destroyer
Watch: Love In October – Dance Johannes Kepler (Live)
Purchase: Love In October – Pontus, The Devil, and Me