Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Follow The Sea Q&A

Your names: 
Erik Solfeldt (guitar and vocals) and Magnus Lundgren (drums).

Where are you from? 
Stockholm, Sweden.

Name of band: 
Follow the Sea.

Who else is in your band?
It’s just the two of us.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Exactly like our short biography decribes us: Follow the Sea is a noise pop duo from Stockholm, Sweden. Drawing inspiration from the shoegaze scene the duo makes pop songs with elements of fuzzy droning and Scandinavian melancholy.

Who are your main influences musically?
The shoegaze cliché ones for start I guess, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Slowdive and Lush but also new shoegaze acts like A Place to Bury Strangers, No Joy and Ringo Deathstarr. Blood Red Shoes has also been a big influence, reasons why we choose to be a duo – they make great music as a two piece, so we try that two piece style but in a more shoegaze-way.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
First, make a vinyl - it’s been a personal achievement for both of us since before we started this band. And the vinyl will happen in 2016, thanks to Häxrummet Records. Second is touring, as much as we can, as often as we can. We really like all elements of underground touring: seeing and playing new places, meeting new people, sleeping on their living room floors, driving five hours a day and listening to Nirvana’s Incesticide on repeat.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
The first show we had, we opened for GUM and Ringo Deathstarr. It was a really nice evening, great bands and great people, the best club in Stockholm (Debaser Slussen R.I.P) just turned all shoegaze for one night – even the DJ was playing MVB all night.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Driving from Berlin to Stockholm in a van with a broken heater during winter time.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
The latest one written, the one that isn’t ready yet.. the newest song is always the more interesting than the second newest one and old ones. But if we can’t choose that one it will be My Horse Friend from the first EP. It’s been two years since we released it and we still aren’t tired of it even though we have played on every single show since. It’s a simple four (almost three) chord song drained in fuzz and reverb, that’s a great representation of our music.

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