Music Monday: Shout Out Louds

If I could shout, I would be shouting about how great this band is. Unfortunately, I can’t because I am still sick, but I suppose that’s how it goes once it starts getting cold and when I choose to go out too much (see my post last week).

I would absolutely love to see this band live, but the night they are playing I will be leaving for Geneva, Switzerland for my core course long study tour (Stay tuned for a post about that!) So if you’re in Stockholm and looking for something to do October 27th, check them out, and let me know how it was!

About the Band

The band, Shout Out Louds, is made up of childhood friends Adam Olenius (vocals), Ted Malmros (bass), and Carl von Arbin (guitars), as well as Eric Edman (drummer) and Bebban Stenborg (keyboard). The band originally started as a hobby in 2001 but has since grown to be internationally recognized (in my opinion, not enough). They’ve gone from playing small bars and clubs in Stockholm to signing with Capitol Records, one of the biggest record companies in the United States. They’ve played at festivals such as Coachella alongside bands such as Weezer and Coldplay and have toured with The Strokes, The Magic Numbers, The Rosebuds, and The Essex Green.

Their Sound

They encompass what it means to be an indie-pop band but with a slight alternative sound. They have an upbeat and melodic sound and almost seem to make sad songs sound happy as well as the other way around. One of their popular songs, Jumbo Jet, reminds me a little of the band Cage the Elephant. When I listen to them I just imagine summer and sitting outside by the fire or watching the day go by on the porch. I feel like this band is perfect to listen to whether you’re studying, working or just hanging out.

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Music Monday: Den Svenska Björnstammen

Here in Stockholm, it’s starting to get a little cooler which unfortunately means that people are starting to get sick. I am now in this category of sick people, apparently going dancing two nights in a row can have consequences to your health. Did I learn my lesson? Probably not… But, a positive effect of that is finding out about this band!

Some friends and I went to a night club and the theme for the night was “Party like its 2007-2011.” The oddly specific time period and the fact that it was September 21st, drew us in because we needed a night to remember. A song started playing and I took a minute to use my handy dandy phone to Shazam it, turned out it was Trumma Trumma by the band Den Svenska Björnstammen.

About the Band

The band’s name, Den Svenska Björnstammen can loosely be translated to, The Swedish Bear Tribe, I think… The band is made up of 7 members: Dan Brännvall, Mattias Göransson, Kim Dahlberg, Ambjörn Göransson, Klas Isaksson, Petter Frisendahl and Åke Olofsson. Their breakthrough came in 2011 with the release of their song “Vart Jag Mig I Världen Vänder,” which reached number 1 on the Swedish Top Hits chart.

Their Sound

Their sound can be described as a mix of techno or electronic with pop. There are some slight hints of Indie rock as well, depending on what song you’re listening to. With their range of different styles on their several albums, it’s easy for anyone to find something they like, whether you like casual listening or dancing. If you’re interested in the sound and content of their lyrics on their new album Iskanten, check out this post! (Will need to translate from Swedish)

Iskanten (The ice edge) off their newest album “Iskanten” released earlier this year in May.
Fun Facts:

With the debut of their first album, “Ett fel närmare rätt,” in 2012, they released a 30-minute documentary containing many of their songs. It received mixed reviews from many music critics, but this trend of film type music video has been taken up by many artists within the past few years.

Their newest album “Iskanten” was released on what I think is a wooden box? Supposedly the only way to win it was to play and win a game they created. Shout out to their creativity!

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Vaxholm

One of my first Swedish Adventures was to a city called Vaxholm. My roommate Val and I wanted to go somewhere in the Swedish Archipelago so we did some googling about recommended places to go. Found the website about the archipelago (found here) and got on a train and then a bus to get to the city. We had no idea what to do or what we wanted to do, besides see what the hype is about.

Getting there

From my house, Vaxholm is only 24 miles away, but it took less than an hour and a half to get there. We ended up taking the Red 14 line almost to the last stop and taking a bus. The bus ride felt a little on the longer side since it was somewhat crowded with people.

The bus ride wasn’t all bad we had some nice views for part of it!

What To Do?

We had no idea what we wanted to do once we got there and just figured it out as we went which was a fun way to do it. We saw lots of cute buildings and boats!

We were also intrigued by this round building that we later found out is the Vaxholm Fortress. We took a ferry over to the island to check it out.

Fun Fact: The fortress was used as a movie location for the 1970’s movie, “Pippi in the South Seas” which features Pippi Longstocking on an adventure to hunt for her father who’s been kidnapped by pirates.

We didn’t get a chance to tour the museum or walk the plank (I’m a little disappointed it wasn’t available…) BUT we did walk up several flights of stairs to see the view from the tower.

We also found some great photo spots, one with a sea mine and the other at a random table that was kind of cute.

Lunch

After walking up all those stairs we worked up quite the appetite. We found a restaurant that wasn’t going to hurt the wallet too much because we are still students with tons of debt even if we are studying abroad. I didn’t end up getting the name of the place because we were very hungry.

I wanted to be adventurous and get a traditional Swedish meal and a Swedish beer of course. I got fried herring and mashed potatoes with some lingonberries and a salad on the side. I thought it was alright, the herring was a little too bony for me, but I would be willing to try it again.

I’ll be back to the Swedish Archipelago at some point and get to see a few more islands, until then…

See ya later, Vaxholm

Music Monday: Veronica Maggio

This weeks artist is often referred to the Queen of Pop, if you don’t know already know, it’s Veronica Maggio! The best way to blend in like a local in Sweden is to be singing any of her songs, just not out loud on the t-bana because they will think you’re crazy…

I actually already knew this artist but rediscovered her while I’ve been here. A few years ago I made a playlist with Scandinavian artists to help me with my listening skills to help me learn Norwegian and she was on the playlist, so when I heard her song at an event I surprised myself that I knew it.

Veronica Maggio @ Stadion, Stockholm, 2016-08-13 Foto: Sofia Blomgren/Rockfoto

About the Artist

Veronica Maggio is a Swedish singer and songwriter from the city of Uppsala (which is only like 45 miles from Stockholm). One of her many claims to fame was that she helped write the 2013 hit “Hey Brother” for Avicii. Shes won several Swedish music awards including the 2007 “Årets Nykomling” (Newcomer of the year) at the Grammisgalan and later in 2012 won “Pop of the Year” along with many other awards.

Her Sound

Despite her songs being in Swedish the melodic lyrics easily get stuck in your head. Her sound ranges from an energetic unapologetic pop beat to a sweet heartfelt ballad. Much of her songwriting is based on a “write what you see” perspective and often contains lyrics regarding every life such as restlessness, parties and hangovers and relationships. If you need a new song to dance in front of the mirror to, I’m sure you could find a favorite within Veronica’s discography. Jeg kommer (translates to: I’m coming) has been one of my favorites lately!

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Music Monday: Summer Psychosis

This weeks featured artist is a band called Summer Psychosis. I happened to just stumble upon this band while looking for something to do with my Friday night. I was walking around with a friend and heard some music coming from inside a bar and decided to check it out.

Summer Psychosis performing their newly released EP at Bar Brooklyn in Hornstull, Stockholm

About the Band

It turns out it was an EP release party for the band Summer Psychosis. Since they are just starting out there isn’t a whole lot of information about them besides that they are a Stockholm based band and the band consists of Sagah Larsson on vocals, Jonas Lundquist on bass, Anton Fernandez on drums and Leon Fernandez on guitar.

Their Sound

Summer Psychosis is a grunge/ alternative rock band. Their music is heavily influenced by 80’s grunge genre and has strong influences from Nirvana, Radiohead and Stone Temple Pilots. If you like reminiscing about your days as an angsty teen or just like rocking out, I would recommend you check them out.

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Music Monday: Menke

I thought it would be a fun way to document my time in Stockholm through music so every Monday (hopefully) I will make a post relating to some type of music or artist!

The first artist I am highlighting was one I got to see perform at an adorable bookshop called Rönnels Antikvariat. It was an extremely intimate experience and I had the opportunity to sit right in the front, less than a foot away from her.

Menke’s set up included an acoustic guitar, piano, banjo, lyre, and several wine glasses. She was accompanied by a bass, electric, and acoustic guitar as well as drums!

About the Artist

Menke is a Swedish singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. She uses somewhat unconventional instruments such as the lyre (a small harp-like instrument) and wine glasses to give a unique and atmospheric sound to her music. Her 2017 debut single “Moln” is a musical interpretation of the poem by the renowned Swedish poet Karin Boye. Many of her other songs are also interpretations of poems or songs that she has written herself.

Her Sound

Her music falls into an abstract atmospheric category that can also be described as “Soundscape.” She manages to create sounds that surround you and take you to another world. The bright melancholy vocals could easily lull you to sleep. If you’re looking for music for your nap playlist or just chilling out and watching the world go by, I would highly recommend you add her music to your playlist immediately!

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