RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SWEDENS ARN-IDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS AND ALIEN FRIENDS
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Don’t want to sound too pretentious here, but there was never a question of a conscious decision. I guess you could compare it to falling in love: You just do. And I just do listen to and play music.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
Nothing remarkable to say here. I started playing various instruments (on a very amateurish level) as young boy. Drums were my main instrument, but as I started writing songs – in my teens this is – I learned guitar playing, because I had to. Singing came later. – Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends wasn’t considered a serious project from the beginning. When I wrote the music for 17 BIRDS AT THE SUMMER’S GATE the plan was to record them with Redmoon (where I played guitar and shared lead vocals for fifteen years), but as it was getting obvious that Redmoon wasn’t going to play and record again, I decided to record the stuff myself – with a little help from my friends.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
It’s difficult to describe your own music, but I think the power pop influences are quite obvious, as are the “folky” roots.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I tend to trust my intuition more and more in my songwriting, consciously NOT thinking too much about what other people might like or dislike.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
The plan is to release a full-length album in 2023, probably late spring. I wrote most of the new material during the summer months of 2021. Stylistically the songs hark back to the fifties and sixties, though there are contemporary elements in the tunes as well, most prominently, maybe, on NO SWEET DREAMS, this single. This is one of the darker songs on the forthcoming album, lyrically, that is. Rhythmically, it’s actually quite upbeat.
What was the recording process like?
I always try to figure out the arrangements on my own at first and record a sort of blueprint of theses original ideas. After this first stage different people are invited to participate, which they generously do. Some of them have strong opinions – and I do listen to them, sometimes, haha! My co-producer on NO SWEET DREAMS, David Myhr, actually convinced me to change the structure of the song quite dramatically. For which I’m thankful now.