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Post Rock/Math rock • Sweden


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EF is a Post-Rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden that started playing music since 2003. The five-piece first started playing heavy music, but after a couple of rehearsals they decided to play music that's more emotional and melodic. The first three years of its conception EF released four demos, one 7", toured Europe and sign with a US label.

In 2006 EF released their debut album, "Give Me Beauty. Or Give Me Death!", by And the Sound Records, a record company that's led by the drummer Niklas Åström. Shortly thereafter EfF went on another European tour to promote their album. The band has received wide recognition amongst Post-Rock fans as well as playing with bands like THE ALBUM LEAF, RED SPAROWES, 65DAYSOFSTATIC and more. In the second half of 2007 EF went to the studio to record their follow up to their debut, "I Am Responsible", which was released in January of 2008.

EF is a band that Post-Rock fans will easily enjoy especially for fans of Immanu El, Gregor Samsa and September Malevolence.


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Discography:
Give Me Beauty... Or Give Me Death!, studio album (2006)
I Am Responsible, studio album (2008)
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I Am ResponsibleI Am Responsible
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  • 65daysofstatic (UK), Ef (SWE) on 5 Aug 2014
  • Freakstock 2014 on 6 Aug 2014
  • ARTmania Festival 2014 on 7 Aug 2014
  • Ieperfest 2014 on 8 Aug 2014
  • NWfA + A Cheery Wave Collective presents on 27 Aug 2014
  • ArcTanGent Festival 2014 on 28 Aug 2014

EF discography


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3.82 | 31 ratings
Give Me Beauty... Or Give Me Death!
2006
3.18 | 9 ratings
I Am Responsible
2008
4.36 | 11 ratings
Mourning Golden Morning
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Ceremonies
2013

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0.00 | 0 ratings
A Trilogy Of Dreams, Noise And Silence
2005

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 Give Me Beauty... Or Give Me Death! by EF album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.82 | 31 ratings

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Give Me Beauty... Or Give Me Death!
Ef Post Rock/Math rock

Review by R-A-N-M-A

4 stars For about the last two years or so, I have been thoroughly impressed with the music I have heard coming out of Scandinavia. Norwegians bands Gazpacho and Wobbler immediately spring to mind. So it came as little surprise to me when I found something perhaps equally impressive coming from the eastern half of the Scandinavian Peninsula.

Ef's somewhat banally titled Give Me Beauty... Or Give Me Death has one of those album covers that immediately call you to attention. Thankfully it is more than just a pretty box. GMBOGMD... God that's awful acronym, I digress. Give Me Beauty's delicately surreal doves, are perfectly evocative of the sonic treasures which lie within. It is stunningly powerful and stark album which seems at times, light enough to lift you right off your feet and at other times whose driving walls of sound crash on you like the North Atlantic. The opener Ett is I think perhaps the most singularly beautiful track I have in my entire music collection.

This isn't quite a perfect album mind you. The effete singing, which is thankfully not present throughout, is a bit too meek for my tastes and at odds with the uplifting quality of Give Me Beauty. Some parts, are too plain and others too long winded. None of these factors detract from the allure of its better moments though.

This is a great album for quiet moments of solitude and though I've only heard it during the summer strikes me as an album for winter. It's sparse beauty will feel right at home during a bright day in the chill of Calgary winter. Excellent album, 4 out of 5.

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 Give Me Beauty... Or Give Me Death! by EF album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.82 | 31 ratings

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Give Me Beauty... Or Give Me Death!
Ef Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Jadittir

4 stars This piece is so damn beautiful! Give Me Beauty... Or Give Me Death! is my first encounter with EF and of course a pleasant one. I'm quite new in the Math/Post rock field as I just discovered great genre with bands such as Mono, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Ros. Those bands are amazing and this one too is nothing less. This debut album of EF is simply a bigbang. I enjoy it so much.

For me..Sweden is the greatest prog music factory; band like Anglagard, Moon Safari, and this! I don't know how to convey this sensation. The music is so...so beautiful! Post rock style of guitar, and very cool rhythm section combine with all classical instruments and you get an ultra-romantic, multi-texture, darkly, emotionally build-up and yet simply beautiful piece of music. Unlike some Post rock band, the length of a song so perfect, not too long and not too short. The production, mixing and recording are top notch.

If you love those bands I mentioned above and you enjoy art, you don't wanna miss this one. Not a legendary piece but almost perfect. 4.25 stars. Worth every cent!

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 I Am Responsible by EF album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.18 | 9 ratings

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I Am Responsible
Ef Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Prog-jester
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3 stars EF is that kind of band that you may fall in love with if it's your first or second encounter to Post-Rock. OK, maybe third or fourth, but not more. They're melodic, up-lifting and enjoyable, but seriously, they have serious problems with finding their own manner. Do they care, after all? 'The manifesto is there's no manifesto' - this was said in a sample somewhere in the beginning of the album, and this should clear up the situation: we don't care for anything at all, we play music.

Anyway, we have two ambient interludes here ('Soon' and 'Appendix'), three epics that hardly differ from each other ('Tva', 'Bear', 'A Tailpiece') and a wonderful (and rather short) mid-tempo track 'Thrills'. If you're a Post-Rock newbie, I can use a complex formula to describe the style in which EF sounds to me (yes, this is only my subjective opinion, no offence): take EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY and mix it with SIGUR ROS. For those, who get along well with Post-Rock, I'll use another description: IMMANU EL. Yes, EF sounds EXACTLY like their Scandinavian brothers-in-arms IMMANU EL, the same way 'GREGOR SAMSA meets YNDI HALDA' mellow thing, with no darkness thrown in, only pastoral major harmonies and crescendoes, filled with light. But even climaxes are subtle; guys, if you want to make your climaxes more powerful, ask MONO from Japan ;) So, where do we go from here? Cliched and boring Post-Rock, built on standard chord progressions and good old tricks derived from other bands...but this is where mind stops working. If your heart turns on, then any word about EF's (or YNDI HALDA's, or JOHNNYTWENTYTHREE's, you continue!) manner or style is meaningless: you either love this music or hate it. I've found myself somewhere in between: good stuff, but heard many times before; must work on me, but it doesn't; recommended, but beware.

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