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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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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