Peter Bjorn & John - "Gimme Some"

After brief detours resting most of their guitars in favor of keyboards and sample pads on Living Thing in 2009, and most of their voices in favor of horns and extended instrumentals with Seaside Rock the year before, Peter Bjorn & John are back in their uncannily catchy, traditionally arranged pop rock guise. Gimme Some is the band’s sixth album and picks up the direction of Writer’s Block, taking it into equally melodic albeit a scruffier, more downtown/garage direction. They sound hungry. There was “Breaker Breaker,” which Jessica tagged “short, fast & aggressive” before hoping more of the album sounded like it. (It does.) “Second Chance” isn’t as gruff, though through its reverb and overdriven vocals it still seethes, just with more restraint, a slower roll, and a cowbell. There’s a flash of harmonizing guitars and Peter sounding impassioned in castigating, preaching an urgency you can hear in Gimme Some’s sound: “You count count count on the second chance / the second chance will never be found / You count count count on the second try / the second try will never come down.” Hear that below, and scroll for details about the band’s show this Thursday night downstairs at Santos Party House, a space considerably smaller than the arenas they were playing opening for Depeche Mode their last time through here.


Gimme Some is out 3/29 via StarTime International. The show at Santos calls for 8PM doors and 9PM showtime, with tickets marked at $10. They’ll sell out soon after they’re put on sale (which will be soon after this post goes live), so keep on this buy link.

Comments (18)
  1. I think a bit of grit suits them well. looking forward to this album.

  2. This song is great don’t argue with me

    • It’s mediocre for indie pop, but then again indie pop has a much higher standard for melodic complexity than mainstream pop. So, in the realm of indie pop I might give it a D, but compared to mainstream pop (which can occasionally be semi-pleasant to listen to if in a certain mood, I might add) it gets an A. When talented, smart, artistically integrious musicians are financially and culturally forced into pushing out an album every year or two–as opposed to taking their time to get it right–we get a lot of mediocre (based on what they are fully capable of) work like this song, with only an occasional gem.

  3. tree tumbs up like the album cover LOL

  4. Where can we get an mp3?

  5. Best PB&J song, ever?

  6. This album is solid. At first, I was like, “OK.” Now, I’m like, “Yessss.”

  7. Yeah it’s a pretty decent song but I’m gonna miss the sound of the last album, it was one of my favs from 2009.

  8. they’re baaaaack. HOT track, seriously digging it

  9. They were playing in “areans” with Depeche Mode?

    great tune, either way!

  10. Really love this band, seeing them in NYC thurs. If you haven’t checked out their new video “Breaker, breaker”, it’s so good.

  11. i gave this album its first listen while studying the other day – so sort of passively, to be honest. but i liked most of what i heard when i was really paying attention, except for one painful song… the 2nd track “Dig A Little Deeper” sounds so much like Vampire Weekend, and thats not good. all the elements – the ‘tropicalia’ sounding guitars, the ‘african’ style drums, the cheesey ‘whoa-o’s – it all just sounded like awful trend-hopping to me. anyway, you’ve been warned!

  12. what a great track, I’m so digging the album cover. Anticipating this!

  13. So I’ve now got my fix of feel-good music for the day. The album art for this is really cool.

  14. So many good things happening with this album. The cover art is great, the music is phenomenal (of course) and there’s variety as you pointed out between Breaker Breaker and Second Chance. If anyone wants to compare ‘em side by side here’s the video for Breaker Breaker: http://bit.ly/dRoAJL.

  15. Is anyone else super stoked about their record? I’ve been hooked to them ever since i heard Young Folks!

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