Techno-punk Teddybears return with new guest-laden album 

Joakim Ahlund has always found it quite amusing.

When he meets fans after shows by his Swedish techno-punk trio Teddybears, sure, they’re complimentary about his band’s music. But what they really want to know about are the giant papier-mache bear heads the members traditionally sport onstage to disguise their identities.

They practically beg him to try them on, just once, never suspecting just how hot and uncomfortable they make these Teddybears. And now that they’re returning on June 21 with a new album, “Devil’s Music,” Ahlund and crew have one-upped themselves in the showmanship department.

Firstly, kickoff single “Cardiac Arrest” features their longtime sister in Stockholm song Robyn. But Ahlund (who started off in hardcore combo Skull before jumping to the garage-rocking Caesars) intended the album as an homage to his earliest musical influences, like Kraftwerk, The Ramones and Public Enemy. So he mixes styles — and guest stars — with mad-professor abandon. One track alone, “Cho Cha,” boasts both Cee-Lo Green and The B-52s. Featured elsewhere: B.O.B., Eve, The Flaming Lips and a vocoderized spoken-word piece from Charles Bukowski.

It’ll be quite suspenseful, waiting for a comeback this crazy.

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