Francesco, Stockholm, 2013
multi-talent / italian export / the one and only
# KONICA MT-100
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.
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!
Grattis killar! You gained a big fan.
Alyssa, Stockholm, 2013
swedish creativity/ media expert/ rapunzel
Café Mix, November
# KONICA MT-100
‘Palmeur på bike’
Linus, Stockholm, 2013
Shot by the train tracks as an editorial moving forward.
Steady. Not too old-fashioned, not too new. All pieces are from the last 20 years of fashion. Some were menswear, some womenswear.
Today they are all worn by guys and girls. Why do we try to categorize in masculine/feminine or modern/old if it only depends on your interpretation?
Where are the tracks?
Where are the lines?
Where are the tracks, dear?
Where is the time?
coat: Hennes Vintage, suit pants: Vintage, scarf: Acne, hoodie: Nike, necklace with flask: self-made, sneakers: converse,
sunglasses & socks: model’s own
Sheila, Stockholm, 2013
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
Hey love, what’s going on in here?
You’re ruthless like a stone
Hey love, why you don’t seem to care?
It’s to you I belong
Since I left the Quadron concert at Debaser Medis in Stockholm Saturday night, I listen to their song ‘hey love’ on repeat. I sometimes interrupt but just to listen to one of their other songs – ja, but that’s basically it. Quadron’s music is special; it gets you hooked because it is in a stunning way complex and simple at the same time. You feel so many layers and a sense for small details and nuances, which is a complex construct on the one hand. But as it all fits so perfectly in its neo soul / jazz / electric combination, it on the other hand ‘simply’ makes sense to your ears. It has a slight old fashioned touch to it in the sense that it feels familiar and so gets you hooked to it already after the first few beats. At the same time it is so new and fresh that you just want to soak it all in. and get more and more.
Until I entered the concert hall I had never heard of Quadron before and I had therefore no idea what to expect. When Coco O entered the stage wearing her hair in the exact same style like me (a high chignon – I know nothing special in Scandinavia at all I admit!) I felt safe. No one would suspect anymore that I didn’t know the Duo, singer Coco O and Producer Robin Hannibal from Copenhagen that were going to perform. People would rather think I was the biggest fan of Coco trying to copy her style. So you better be good up there on stage, Coco!
Obviously she was. After her first breathy lines I already fell for their music. But also with her way of moving, her gestures and the way she talked between the different songs I was amazed. It had the same high level of complexity like the music has in her rehearsed movements as well as natural expressions and glimpses of sporadic insecurity followed by a kickass performance and grace. When she moved her face to the side it struck me how much she looked like Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Her black sparkling dress and her dark hair up in the chignon accompanied by big golden creoles and an in-between-fingers ring on her right hand, that made her gestures even more exhilarating to look at. Looking for pictures of Coco O on the web later I found her pictures of her outfit at the David Letterman show, where she played with the Frida Kahlo association even more boldly herself, which made me smirk big times. In Stockholm now Coco O shared with the audience that most of her lyrics tell the story of unrequited love stories. Frida told her kind of pain stories in her kind of art. Of course that’s nothing new or unique for artists – but damn both such great outcomes of sucky feelings. Thanks for that.
I hoped Frida you could hear Coco sing!