The winner of the 9 th edition of IMPALA’s Album of the Year award is V**GRA BOYS with “Street Worms”,
released on Swedish independent label YEAR0001. V**gra Boys succeeds previous winners including Gurr,
Agnes Obel, The xx, Adele, Guadalupe Plata and Efterklang.
Sweden’s worst kept secret, V**gra Boys (** because of spam filters) is a garage-rock /post-punk band.
Their critically acclaimed debut album “Street Worms” was released in September 2018 and followed the
release of the video for the album’s standout track, “Just Like You” here.
Produced by Daniel Fagerström (Skull Defekts, Chronic Heist) and Pelle Gunnerfeldt (Fireside, The Hives)
“Street Worms” is twisted post-punk. It is the group’s debut album, the logical continuation of a sets of
EPs, which they are currently promoting through heavy touring, most recently in North America. You can
find their upcoming tour dates here.

“Street Worms” was released on YEAR0001, the Swedish indie label based in Stockholm. YEAR0001’s
manager and co-founder Oskar Ekman commented on the album: “I booked them a studio session try out
with an old friend of mine, pretty much just to see if they catch a vibe. After the first 3 days of recording, I
was invited to the studio. The room was filled with energy and expectation. They started playing the songs.
“Slow Learner”, “Just Like You”, “Sports” and I was completely floored. I knew then and there I would
dedicate the next few years and all our money on this project.”

IMPALA’s Chair Helen Smith commented: “This was yet again an exciting shortlist of nominees this year. it’s
great to see so many independent acts flourishing all over Europe. Congratulations to Viagra Boys. Street
Worms is a fantastic album – we feel like this award is just the first of many for them. ”.

The band will receive the IMPALA award around their show at The Great Escape in Brighton on 11 th May.

More about V**gra Boys and their album
The name V**gra Boys (** = ia) is intended to ridicule the idea of hypermasculinity and play down the
stigma of not being a potent Nordic Superman at all times (their song ”Can’t Get It Up” will tell you all
about that). Their album is described by the label as akin to The Stooges meeting The Birthday Party, or
Devo cross-pollinated with The Fall culminating is one of those trips where you sporadically wake up and
find yourself in strange situations, wondering how you got there. From the Shrimp shack to the dog show.

One minute you’re playing rugby ball the next moment you’re being eaten by worms. And between the
fading lights and the strange look on your friend’s face Murphy grabs your ears and asks you what you
want from life. Watch front-man Sebastian Murphy, tattooed and shirtless, singing and swaggering his
way from the bar, to the grocery store, to the shrimp factory to the forest here with the video to Just Like
You.

More about the Independent Album of the Year Award
The “European Independent Album of The Year” award was launched in 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary
of IMPALA. This award showcases the breadth and diversity of independent talent across Europe. The
winner is selected on the basis of completely open criteria from a shortlist compiling national and non-
national album nominations from territories across Europe put forward for their musical, artistic or other
exceptional quality. Previous winners of the Award are Gurr, Agnes Obel, José Gonzalez, Caribou,
Guadalupe Plata, The xx, Adele and Efterklang.

More about IMPALA
IMPALA was established in April 2000 to represent independent music companies. 99% of Europe’s music
companies are SMEs. Known as the “independents”, they are world leaders in terms of innovation and
discovering new music and artists – they produce more than 80% of all new releases. SMEs also produce
80% of Europe’s jobs. IMPALA has its own award schemes to help promote

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