Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Great Hare Q&A

Your name:
Anders Holmström.

Where are you from?
Gothenburg, Sweden.

Name of band:
We're called Great Hare, after lots of nocturnal chance encounters with wild bunnies outside the studio.

Who else is in your band?
The four of us are singer and guitarist Kalle Mogren, bass player Berne Randulv, drummer Lars Olausson and guitarist Anders Holmström.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
We formed a few years ago after a long hiatus from music to have a refuge from everyday life. So we built a primitive recording studio in a small attic. We turn up and turn on the lights at night looking for melodies that want to be turned into songs. Places that exist for a few minutes, with clouds, storms and pockets of calm. The good ones arrive like waves hitting a beach or echoes of something submerged under the surface.

Who are your main influences musically?
All of us share a love of indie rock, dreamy psychedelic sounds and 80s/90s alternative music. We filter that through influences like Big Star, Brian Eno, Neil Young, The Cure, Neu and Television. Discovering new bands through underground radio and blogs is always fun too.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
Our aim is to keep chasing songs in the studio and put out singles and EPs on labels we look up to. And getting out and playing in front of people more often, we really miss that!

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Probably hearing ourselves on BBC for the first time. But the other day we realized that we've reached 50,000 plays on SoundCloud which is equally mind-boggling to us. Knowing that someone in South America or Japan listens and likes what they hear makes our day.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
We still mourn a few tracks we've lost because of our ancient computer.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Call Me Stupid from our latest EP. It's a pop song inside a torrent of sounds.
We made it up on the spot after pressing record, and those are usually the best.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music? 
Apple Music - https://itun.es/se/u0bPO

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
Music is modern day magic.

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