So we’re here. First impressions. Lots of babies. Not sure why but there are just tons of babies in the area we’re staying. That and the fact that Swedes are crazed about their futbol (soocer) are my two big impressions. Avi from It’s A Trap took me to Kafe 44 to see Firefox AK last night. The show as in this tiny little punk club called Kafe 44. It was great to hear some of the songs I’ve written about in person.
And then I walked around Old Town. It was cool. The Swedish soccer team had just won their game with Greece. So hearing the fans sing drunken songs of joy was fun.
I made it! From Chicago to Philly to Stockholm. Whew! Arriving at the airport was cool. Flying over such lush green forests is like a breath of fresh air (literally). The airport is small but modern. and instead of being full of cold steel is accented everywhere with wood (stairs, railings, ceilings etc). My hotel seems nice it’s in Southern Stockholm. I’m going to get some lunch make the pilgrimage over to Pet Sounds (and thanks to reader Paul I ‘ll check out the surrounding area as well).
So I’m off to Sweden for a week. I’ll be posting when and if I can all week but it’ll be more travelogue than mp3 blog. I hope to be posting any photos I take and any music I encounter. I’ll see you at Pet Sounds, Hultsfred and at the City Museum. Or watching this.
It seemed like pure folly to start Swedesplease a few years back. Of course I wondered if the world really needed a Swedish indie pop music blog and also if I was the right person to start it up. And of course the key question was if anyone would read it. Luckily after a few weeks several blogs and Swedish sites linked to Swedesplease and we were off.
That’s all to say that there’s a new blog in town. In fact they’re only one post old, but it’s a pretty cool post and a great idea for a blog (if they can follow through with it). The site’s called Skweeelicious and will seek to explore the curiously strange electronic music known as skweee (pioneered by many Swedish and Scandanavian bands). Check out their first post with songs by skweee heroes Pavan, Randy Barracuda, and Beem.
These miniature piano suites by Petit Soleil are beautiful and a little creepy too. There’s absolutely no information about the artist on her Myspace page, although we do have this cute picture (emphasis on the barett) and these adorable videos.
I’ve been really impressed by the electropop duo known as Lissi Dancefloor Disaster and now that they’ve been booked at Hultsfred I think a lot of other people will share my opinion of the band. Johan spent some time and answered a few of my questions about the band’s music, and it’s future.
1. How did the band form and how do you divide the process of creating/performing songs?
We met at a course at the Uppsala University. Before we both dropped the course, we discovered that we both loved music very much. So we started to work together, trying different music genres and styles. LDD was from the beginning Johan´s own music project, but as time went by Josefin became more and more involved in the project and LDD is now an electropop duo.
2. From the few songs I’ve heard you are mixing serious messages in with your style of electronica? Is that a conscious decision on your part?
We would not say that our music has any political message. Both of us think a lot about global problems, such as climate change, and we’re not satisfied with how the world works in different ways. This is mirrored in the lyrics, although we don’t have a political agenda. The lyrics more reflect the emotions of personal problems and global challenges.
3. You are giving your music away, even going as far as calling a song “Copyriot (Share This Song)?, do you see this as the future of music or just a means to an end (i.e. bigger fanbase, more shows, press etc)?
The “share this song” part of the name is a reference to the book “Steal this book”, the movie “Steal this movie” and the System of a Down record Steal This Record. We both believe that we get to play more shows and are able to reach a bigger fanbase by making the music available for everyone. That is why we share our music through on the internet, both through our own webpage lissidancefloordisaster.com and the Pirate Bay. It´s not a secret that Johan downloads a lot of music as well.
The musical experience is not – and should not be – reduced to the sound you get from a purchased CD. Live shows are at least as important. With today’s possibilities to download and share music, the music becomes available for many more -not just those who have the money to buy it. Which we like. A lot.
4. What are you looking forward to about your show at Hultsfred?
We are looking forward to rock everyone’s socks off and have a great time. We have gotten
a lot of attention from media since they released us on their lineup. To play at Hultsfred is a great chance for upcoming bands to show themselves for music lovers.
5. What was it like working with Sophie Rimheden?
It was nice. She is impressively kind and experimental.
6. What’s next for the band?
We have two gigs in Uppsala before Hultsfred. During the week of Hultsfred we will also release our second EP Counterpoint, which of course will be free to download at lissidancefloordisaster.com. After that we will play a lot! But we will also keep up with other music projects. One of the more exciting things happening right now is Josefin´s singer-songwriter project Josse (www.myspace.com/jossemusik). She will record a new EP when we get back from Hultsfred.
Gothenburg based Bonnie and Clyde have a throwback pop sound complete with soaring harmonies, jagged guitars and an omnipresent 60′s sounding tambourine. They’ve been labeled indie pop and they do a fair share of jangle pop, but their sound is bigger than that. With 6 (or is it 7?) members playing and singing they create a sound that can’t be simplified and placed in any one of these popular sub genres.
The band is releasing their new EP, the cleverly titled The Great Tram Robbery, on June 7 on Bonjour Recordings. Here’s a song from the upcoming 4 song EP as well as the accompanying video. Enjoy.
Sometimes I think fuck it. I should quit Swedesplease. There are so many more music blogs now that cover Swedish music then when I started Swedesplease over three years ago. The minute a label or band releases a new song a handful of blogs have already covered it. But then I get an email, like the one today, wishing me a happy birthday and the wonderful gift of a new song from one of my favorite Swedish bands (here, here, here, here, here).
“Fuck It” is the new song from Ed Greene (myspace). First of all I don’t swear, somehow that’s one of the few traits my parents instilled in me, but I love a good curse in a song. And as you can imagine from the title of this song there’s a bad word or two (in the chorus), but there are also great lines like “I’d never pick a fight cause you’d win it” and “I guess it never mattered now did it”. Simon Edgren is the lead singer and the main force behind the band and when he sings “it probably never mattered so fuck it” you’d have to be dead not to get those little shivers that run up your spine. Despite the coarse title and occasional swear this is a beautiful song.
Swedesplease was the first daily mp3 blog devoted to Swedish music. It's gone on to be recognized by Swedish Public Radio, Swedish press, The London Times, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune and on and on. If Swedesplease has a slant or plays favorites it's a mostly due to an insatiable love of Swedish indie pop, electronica and twee. Most songs posted are free and legal courtesy of the artists and labels. If for some reason you think a song should come down please email me at cbonnell (at) gmail.com.