DOWNLOAD: “Free Agent”
The brilliant new album from Swedish group Simian Ghost, Youth, is out now on Heist or Hit. This year is shaping up to be quite a busy one for them, as they’ve been featured as “Band of the Day” with The Guardian, as well as four live dates in England next month.
In between gigs in their home country, we had a real quick natter over e-mail with the band about where they’ve been and where they’re headed.
1. Describe the sound of your music and your approach to songwriting.
People usually say we’re doing dream pop. I think that description is quite fitting. We have no specific plan with our songwriting, we just do what we find interesting at the moment.
2. How do your local surroundings effect your music? Where are your favorite spots in Sweden to perform or write?
We grew up in a small town right in the middle of Sweden. It has only 25,000 inhabitants, but still had one of Sweden’s most vivid punk and hardcore scenes and some great venues for exhibiting art. We’ve always been in this “do it yourself” environment and that has influenced me and us to a large extent. Kungen in Sandviken is one of the best venues in Sweden and a good place to both play and write music.
3. How did your partnership with Heist or Hit come about?
They liked our stuff and approached us and we’ve been in love since.
4. You’ve shared the stage with an impressive list of bands so far, like Mount Kimbie and Niki & the Dove. Do you have a wish list of bands you’d like to gig with?
No not really, but it’s always nice to get a chance to meet people you look up to.
5. If you had a chance to record with one of your musical heroes, who would that be? Would you cover one of their songs, or would you wriye something new?
For me personally it would be Sonic Youth. For us as a band I think Animal Collective maybe. In either case we’d definitely go for writing something new!
6. Lastly, you’re king for a day. How would you positively change the music industry?
I’d try and find an easier way for artists to get paid!