According to the lore, The Legends actually live up to their moniker. Story has it, the band was pieced together, had songs written, and were booked all within a week after grouping. Media boasts the band as the best pop sensation in years. Whether the latest pop sensation throwing sixties throwbacks are who they claim to be is subjective to the audience.
But the music stands on its own. Stockholm native Johan Angergard serves as the Legendsâ€™ mastermind, hailing previous musical groupings Club 8 and Acid House Kings already under his belt. He formed the band in 2003, releasing their debut a year later, a few months after â€śWhen the Day is Doneâ€ť featured on the Wicker Park soundtrack. Up Against the Legends is an album full of sunny hits in the key of the Jesus and Mary Chain and Comet Gain.
The album serves up plenty of hand claps, tambourines and bright melodies, with tracks â€śNo Way Outâ€ť and â€śThere and Back Againâ€ť the finest offerings. The only somber track, â€śYour Songâ€ť is guided by the same drum line/tambourine combo used on J & MCâ€™s â€śHoney,â€ť later copped on Camera Obscuraâ€™s â€śEighties Fan,â€ť with the Legends paying the better homage. Living up to their glorious title, Up Against the Legends proves the bandâ€™s ability to rock.