Our Untold Story is a group of punk rockers from Stockholm, Sweden. After being formed in 2012, they’ve managed to consistently put out releases almost once a year since 2013, which has ultimately culminated in their latest 2018 release, ‘My Dreams, My Rules’. Personally, I found the album to come off as more on the rock side than punk, more Green Day than Sex Pistols, if you will.
The album begins with a short 16-second intro astutely titled Intro (My Dreams, My Rules) and sports the album’s titular name. It features the switching of a radio, which leads into the second song, Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors. This song begins with an infectious guitar riff, followed by the drums and vocals soon after. The vocals are quite nasally and high-pitched, which combined with the chilled, subdued vibe of the song, gives an illusion of a kind of indie rock/punk. This song is very cruisy and easy to chill to.
Following after is Sexy Blonde. The song begins immediately with a kind of classic rock style guitar riff, reminiscent of ’90s alternative rock. The bass isn’t drowned out, the drums keep a steady head-bobbing beat and the vocals have a satisfying whiny, and almost psychedelic, rock tone.
Work, the fourth song on the album, begins with a real Rock ‘n’ Roll intro, the song continues with what seems to be a signature cruisy rock style for them. Guitar and bass intertwine nicely and the chorus has a gorgeous harmonic guitar riff in it. The song gets a little repetitive towards the end, but it’s not too bad.
Following on from Work is the next song, 3AM Boy. This song starts with vocals coming right out of the gates and seems to have a lot more attitude than what we’ve heard so far. The chorus, in particular, is very reminiscent of an early Green Day track. It’s groovy and fun.
No Regrets begins with a very bluesy ballad. It’s got very prominent bass and an interesting tempo and song structure. It’s definitely a kind of strange bluesy/jazzy rock ballad. The song is short and sweet so it definitely doesn’t overstay its welcome. Next up is Two Miles West, and this song begins with long-sustained guitar notes, a bass riff, and some piano; creating what sounds almost Latin in nature. The song really kicks in at the chorus as a powerful ballad full of subtle, beautiful instruments. This song is a definite highlight of the album, it’s groovy and subtly powerful.
Mother of Rock ‘n’ Roll is the eighth song on the album and it pretty accurately demonstrates what I stated earlier about the album feeling ‘more rock than punk’. The guitar, drums, and bass are all far more reminiscent of the cruisy, bluesy, jazzy ’60s-’70s rock scene than, say, modern punk-rock. The song has an interesting structure about it, with the intensity kicking in and mellowing out.
Good Bye New World comes next, and once again, it’s a pretty good song. It features very clear and satisfying basslines, a pretty basic guitar riff that works as a solid foundation for the song, and the vocals are catchy. The tenth song, Strong Ones, begins with a very rocky guitar riff and drum pattern; it’s very classic in its simplistic, yet catchy nature. While there’s not much to talk about instrumentals-wise, the vocals really shine in this chorus, showcasing some different vocals from what has been seen on the album so far. It’s a great and catchy song.
Go For Broke is up next as eleventh. Now, this song is interesting as it’s the first one that actually feels like punk rock, it’s got a raw attitude and an in-your-face vibe to it. It’s most prominently got distorted guitar and loud bass, combined with the whiney, punk vocals and we’ve got all we need for a rebellious track.
As the twelfth song on the album, we have a purely instrumental bonus track that goes for a couple minutes. It slowly builds up using strumming guitar riffs, long-sustained guitar notes, and one hell of a chorus. It’s one of the best songs on the album, even without vocals. The album ends with an outro that’s titled the same as the intro. Outro (My Dreams, My Rules) ends the album on a speech, talking to people who alienated and doubted the band and how they inadvertently helped them strive towards where they are today.
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