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The Swedish 4-piece band High High Heels is dropping their debut single “Tic Tac” – opening track to the upcoming album Scandinavian Lipstick.

The up-beat instruments of the Stockholm based newcomer band catapult you in a mood of early summer. It’s like a shallow breeze that lifts you up in the first beats of the track, it surrounds you and recharges you with bubbly energy that leads you to – although you might have been about to take the beginning dusk as time to leave the bar under the bridge – just slip over your summer sweater, flip back your hair and – with your open bottle of beer in your hand – begin to bounce through the crowd of blissful people high on the summerish air.
The beat is trotting and melodic, lead and background vocals mesh and take over your heart and feet, feeling the fun the 4 guys have playing it.

 

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The B-side to the single – titled “Benni Versus Good Love” tells a feeling about, quite likely the same, frisky summer night – just later, when your feet are tired, your hair is tousled and your heart is full. Full of the wish to fall for the weary dancer you kissed all night – finding it just full of beer. and summer. Well, that’s not too bad!
Lead singer, Benni’s voice is ambient, soulful – almost in a sensual, sultry vibrato, like the purring of a tomcat. The lyrics follow the cheerful ironic style of the post-punk band, which lets the track escape the glimpse of folky tunes.

 

Benni (Vocals), Mathias (Bass), Bobbo (Drums) and David (Guitar) succeed in making their debut with these sweeping first tracks. Lighthearted they sing about the country up north, where bars close at 1 am and clubs – well, if you’re lucky – at 5 am, telling bright tales about the hunt for love on Stockholm’s dance floors. As nights up here are shorter, even rough ones can wear high high heels while drinking elk snaps.The aptly lyrics don’t lack self-irony, playing with the beauty of a Scandinavian night out, where the Peter Pan syndrome hasn’t spread yet like in Berlin, where all ticking clocks that might remind you of the fact that you get older and that you at least should go home at some point, got smashed a long long time ago.

 

 

We are excited for more tracks to follow!

To see more of this Nordic eye candy live, come to their debut gig on the 24th May at KGB in Stockholm. More info about the gig here.
You can also follow them on soundcloud and spotify.

 

 

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Tellers of enchanted tales, unicorn believers and founders of the indie-pop band Fenster,
JJ Weihl (NYC) and Jonathan Jarzyna (Berlin) began to practice their crafts of noises and melodies together.
With Rémi Letournelle the Trio lets us travel to surreal spaces where ghosts and fairies look the same.

 

 

/ How would you finish these sentences, guys?

A fluffy rat passes by and…says: “When the full moon rises over the blue lagoon we shall inherit the earth”.
You better don’t tell if…you don’t want no one not to know what isn’t true.
Real Disco is…probably dead.

Power means… P_\mathrm{avg} = \frac{\Delta W}{\Delta t}\,.

 

 

/ You guys have been on the road for months and months until the end of summer, right? What was the best festival moment of this summer?

▽ For us, big festivals can be a bit stressful and impersonal. Our favorite kinds of shows are still small sweaty club shows where you celebrate afterward with a drunken dance party with all the promoters and the audience. But actually Immergut (Festival in Neustrelitz, Germany) was one of the better festivals this summer. It was the last show of a one-month tour, everybody was in a good mood, the sun came out. What more can you ask for?

 

/ Talking fashion: which place you visited had the most style?

▽ Definitely Copenhagen, but in a slightly disturbing way.

 

/ What’s the first thing you do when you arrive to Berlin after a long tour?

▽ First we drop the gear off at our studio and hope we don’t get stuck in the freight elevator. But then absolutely nothing, just hang in bed trying to be zen.

 

/ Hand on heart: Do you believe in unicorns?

▽ Always and forever.

 

/ You can choose one robot – What are its features?

▽ Dance moves, rap battle skills, laser light show, teleportation, jokes, killer bartender.

 

/ You are going to release your new album soon. What’s the spirit like? When will it be out?

The Pink Caves. It’s going to be a bit more pink than our first album Bones. It’s coming out March 2014. Think Twin Peaks meets Francis Lai.

 

/ That sounds awesome! I loved the teaser!
What comes closest to the feeling of flying? Obviously I assume that flying is an awesome feeling.

▽ Walking incredibly fast, maybe roller coasters and definitely stage diving.

 

/ Prince or Michael Jackson?

▽ Both, how can you choose between a prince and the king. It’s all monarchy.

 

/ Cats or dogs?

▽ Cats are evil.

 

/ Alice in wonderland or Peter Pan?
▽ Alice in wonderland.

 

/ Is there a place you would never go to?

▽ Oh yeah, lots! For starters, an NRA rally, the Westboro baptist Church, and the Swamp of Sadness where Atreyu loses his beloved horse Artax.

 

/ What are your favourite bands at the moment?

▽ The Babies just released a great second record, Kurt Vile, Sandro Perri‘s album Impossible Spaces is the bomb, also listening to Kendrick a lot lately. On the golden oldies playlist is the song Crimson&Clover, Lou Reed and Cohen‘s first four or five records. Twin Peaks soundtrack, greek composer Manos Hadjidakis and the soundtrack of Bilitis by Francis Lai. And for a band that’s been doing what their doing with great esprit, melodies, joy and punk spirit, a big shout out to Japanther from NYC.

 

/ Roxette’s video for ‘joyride’ is still awesome. I wish you guys would do a remake for your next music video. Are you all in?

(laughing) Those were the golden 90s..when bands had night-liners and red convertibles and played sweet guitar solos in front of green screens and never grew old…we live in the future now, it just wouldn’t be the same…but we’ll figure something out!

 

/ That’s a promise! Thanks for the lovely day we spent at Appletree Garden Festival (Diepholz, Germany, all photographs taken there) and it was such an honor checking in with you. 

 

 

We are so looking forward to the release of The Pink Caves and your upcoming gigs for the release tour:

17. Feb 2014  at Hafenklang in Hamburg, Germany 

18 Feb 2014 at Studio 672 in Köln, Germany

19 Feb 2014 at Milla in Munich, Germany

20 Feb 2014 at Ostpol in Dresden, Germany

 

 

Interview & Photographs: Lola Tivoli, 2013

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Jakob Möller, self-declared Superstunningkid at Discoteka Yugostyle!. Green glowing smoke coming out of a tuba, 10 firecrackers of handsome swedish guys putting crowds of soaking wet people in a dance-trance. I never thought to find such beats up north!

 

 

 

/ How would you finish these sentences, Jakob?

The best Tarantino movie of all times is…True Romance. Really, you have to see it if you have not.
Trance is a feeling of…illusion.
If your shoes could talk…they would probably make as much sence as me.
Romance means…not pretending and acting like life is some movie. (Funny I think True Romance is the best movie) When you talk about the really hard stuff and dare to really come close to someone, thats romance. That is what I think is the hardest thing in life and I fear very few ever experience it.

 

/ How come 10 Swedish guys start a yugotrance band?

▽ We were young and wise and we realized that this kind of music is the kind that really works in the disco. And that is what is really important.

 

/ I agree! Awesome you guys did it!
You have your 10 years anniversary this year, right? Congrats on that! You also always have a deer on stage with you. What’s its name? Do you guys consider it part of the band? (then happy anniversary to the deer, too!)

▽ The deer is our mascot and the name is Jelena. She is somehow giving us strength and the will to deliver however strong the anti disco winds may be.

 

/ Ok, cliché-questions: Beirut or Shantel?

▽ Sorry, we dont really listen to those..

 

/ What was your most unforgettable gig in the last 10 years?

▽ Emmabodafestivalen this summer was unforgettable. It was so much fun.

 

/ And how about the best place in the world?

▽ Our new rehearsal/studio space in Lund (South Sweden)!

 

/ What comes closest to the feeling of flying? (Obviously I assume that flying is an awesome feeling.)

▽ The feeling of crashing so hard you dont think you will survive it and making it anyways. That gives you hope and the belief that although life sucks in so many ways, you can manage and even feel good sometimes. It sounds dark but I think that is where true joy really comes from.

 

/ How would you describe the Swedish style?

▽ Open minded and very aware of the importance of equality between men and women. Hopefully.

 

/ Are you planning on travelling to the Balkans again in the near future?

▽ We are not sure but we really want to get down there again soon. There is a really special vibe in those countries.

 

/ Are you born at the right time?

▽ I believe we were born at a time when the welfare system and the society really were at their peaks. While we have been growing up these systems have become more and more flawed. This means we have to start fighting to reverse this development. Especially the way people are starting to view people they call “immigrants.” Hopefully we will be able to help make things better in some way through our music. We will see how.

 

/ Did you ever get a note written with lipstick?

▽ No! Please do.

 

/ I will consider it. Are you working on a new single?

▽ We can not say yet.

 

/ Oh I don’t like secrets…What’s your next gigs?

▽ Because we are now working on the thing we can’t say what it is yet we currently do not have any gigs planned. Feels kind of strange since we have been playing all the time for the last 10 years but it also feels good.

 

/ Tack and thanks for checking in with us, Jakob! Good luck with your secret project, say hi to the other boys and we are looking forward to hearing more soon!!

 

 

Photographs: Lola Tivoli, 2012
Interview: Lola Tivoli, 2013

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