Company Ink Release ‘The Flip’
Scandipop isn’t exactly in short supply right now, but in the form of Norwegian/Irish duo Company Ink, there’s an alternative to the Dagny/Sigrid/MØ popster mould. The punks have dropped ‘The Flip’, lead single from their upcoming EP, and it’s promising.
Frontman Axel Møller Olsen’s vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Tom DeLonge in Blink 182’s 2003 hit ‘I Miss You’. Equal parts American drawl and European informality, it fits the indie-pop-punk vibe of the track perfectly. Moreover, ‘The Flip’ is remarkably full-sounding for a song recorded by a duo, as Daragh P. Wearen primarily mans the instrumentals that accompany Olsen’s words.
Perhaps not punk for the purists, it has a certain radio-friendly sheen to it, but they manage to avoid delving into cringe territory where the likes of All Time Low failed. It couldn’t have arrived at a better time either, the upbeat melody and “la-la-la”s suggesting that this could be a song for the summer. Above all, like their Norwegian contemporaries Sløtface, their combination of punk and indie-pop is something of a winner. Scandinavia doesn’t just churn out electropop solo stars, as punk is still very much alive.
‘I’m a music and culture journalist currently based in the West Midlands. Always on the lookout for up-and-coming artists but my favourite bands include IDLES and Arctic Monkeys. Probably last seen at a gig.