SWEDEN – Oh, Dusty (interview)

The band Sweden is from Norway. Of course. Fredrik Gretland explains why. 

Their new album, Oh, Dusty, is filled with 10 power pop, Indie Rock gems.

What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?

I always enjoy the recording process. This time we went to a studio on a remote island in the west of Norway. We recorded everything but vocals there in one week. The studio, ocean sound recordings is so amazing so just being there is fun. Then we went to Stockholm to record the vocals with Pär Wiksten, (the singer in The Wannadies). And that was super fun. One day we went out to get lunch an Pärs local hang out, we ended up trying all the new aquavits and weren’t able to record anything else that day, but it was great fun!

How often do you have to explain about the band name?

Haha, every time! But it’s ok, I guess we asked for it. When we grew up in the nineties, the music scene was a lot better in Sweden than in Norway, and growing up close to the Swedish border we were heavily influenced by Swedish bands. So it is our little homage to them.

How will you promote Oh, Dusty?

We have had two singles play-listed on Norwegian radio and we have played club shows and festivals over here.

What about the outro of For Everest (Forever rest)?

Yeah, our little noise rock moment. Well that song has sort of a duality in it. Between the verses and the choruses. We thought it would be cool to accentuate that by freaking out on the last half. Let that mellow-ish chorus turn into chaos.

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?  

We have been in bands forever and none of us have made a lot of money on record sales. It has always been touring the has made some revenue. I guess the biggest change is that we see that the record industry itself has a lot less money to spend.
And there are a lot more bands/artists now, which kind of turns the industry people into the rock stars.

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mix tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

Oooh, that’s hard. I will make a much better mix tape when she tells me there won’t be a third date. I tend to gravitate toward the melancholy stuff, but here goes:

Descendents – Silly Girl

Janne Kask – Summer is Here 

Sleeper – Statuesque

Nada Surf – Always Love

Ryan Adams – Oh My Sweet Carolina

What’s  coming up for the next couple of months?

We still have a few shows left this year, and we continue touring next year. We are trying to get a few shows together in Germany, and we would love to visit The Netherlands too. If anyone want us to come and play get in touch!




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