‘But, apart from the so-called classic power pop, In Deed, also, is influenced a lot by the British 90s indie/Manchester scene, and personally, when it comes to songwriting, I would say UK 1964-66.’, says Richard Öhrn.
In Deed’s newest release ‘Everest’ just received a five start review in Shindig Magazine, for very good reasons. Check it out!
What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?
Around 15 years had passed since we last released an album (2001), so when we started working on putting together ”Everest”, we were aware lots of things had changed and we made an attempt in trying to work a bit differently. At that early stage, it was mainly me and Marcus who worked on the recording and mix, and with the ambition to be able to work separately, we planned to set up a process where we could send files to each other back and forth…a new thing to us but the way it works these days. Anyway, the most fun thing about this was that we just couldn’t do it…Marcus even bought a little midi keyboard but he couldn’t figure it out properly so we ended up meeting Thursday afternoons in the small studio I have at my house, working on the songs the way we used to do 15 years earlier, and having lots of laughs and a few beers. Every time, Marcus brought that little midi in a plastic bag, it was ambitious but we just laughed about it, it was never used…
At what point, during writing, rehearsing, recording, did you knew you were on to something special?
I think…the moment when we listened through our unreleased rough recordings for the first time in a long while –we truly felt that all of these songs are really good and that whatever time had passed didn’t make them out of date. That made us decide we should go for a sort of digital release of the songs, but as soon as we started working on the music seriously, we changed plans and it turned out as a vinyl album, and then came rehearsals and live gigs…now we’re back on track as a full working band again, which is just great.
Do you feel part of a community, the power pop community?
Yes! We were not aware of this until perhaps a couple of months after ”Everest” had been released…but the more our music was spread, the more we learned that there is such a community. There seem to be some key figures, that we’ve had the luck and pleasure to come across, such as David Bash, head of the IPO Festivals…just to mention one. Of course, a community like this wouldn’t have been accessible 15-20 years ago, pre-Facebook days…but we feel we are genuinely in there, having followed and been inspired by bands like The Posies and Teenage Fanclub since the 90s. But, apart from the so-called classic power pop, In Deed also is a lot influenced by the British 90s indie –the Manchester scene, and personally, when it comes to songwriting, I would say UK 1964-66.
Magic can happen when you are playing in front of a crowd. Can you recall such a moment?
Yes. Small pieces of magic always happen when you’re on stage. Last Saturday, we played on a location we’ve never been before, a bit off, almost country-side, small town area. There was not a huge crowd, but the ones who were there just danced and sang along with our songs, it was beautiful and magical, a great evening in a small place.
What would change if Disney would call and tell you they are going to use your song in their next movie?
I guess we would get a lot of new fans though perhaps not the ones we thought we would…I also think our publisher would love us even more. And when on tour, the whole band could afford to stay in nice hotels. It sure would be cool for us to attend the premiere of the film, whatever crap movie it would be.