Swedish alternative rockers Port Noir recently announced the release of their new album, The New Routine on the 10th May, their first for InsideOut Music and the beginning of a new sound for the band.

The new album sees the trio blending old-school rock with contemporary pop, R&B and hip-hop in a creative and minimalistic fashion. Inspired by bands such as Rage Against the Machine, Death from Above 1979, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, Queens of the Stone Age, The New Routine is direct, energetic and intense.

We asked the band to elaborate more on their influences…

Death from above 1979 – The Physical World

The whole idea of using the bass guitar as a lead instrument mainly comes from this album. The fuzzy and aggressive in-your-face distortion is what inspired us to use a similar tone. We got really hooked on the combination of punk, disco and catchy melodies moulded into a cool and original sound. A shitload of attitude mixed with dirt and energy. We’ve also taken some of their playfulness regarding the mix of genres – To be able to make different sounds work well together seamlessly.

Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire

The riffs on The New Routine are greatly influenced by the guitar work of Tom Morello and Evil Empire in particular. Heavy, tight riffs without sounding metal at all. We wanted to incorporate the groove and minimalistic mindset that Rage has, focusing on being a trio and having a consistent sound without any hassle. Zack de la Rocha’s way of expressing himself with the use of rhythmic singing has also influenced our way of writing lyrics and vocals on this album.

The Weeknd – Starboy

The melodies, the vibe and the melodic vocals are all inspired by this album. It has this soft, melancholic mood mixed with modern pop that we wanted to grasp and make use of. A big part of the synth sounds on The New Routine have also been inspired by this album. The use of analog synths, vocoders and samples is new to us and inspired us to create something completely different.

The New Routine is inspired by so many other artists and albums; Beastie Boys, Refused, Kanye West, Royal Blood, Banks, Dr. Dre…We could be name dropping for days, but the three albums mentioned above definitely summarise the album as a whole.

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