This Saturday Atlas is taken over by the talented Spillemændene!
Spillemændene is Danish electronic jazz/folk group with a great sense for tiny details and the grandest of opulence in both their text and their music. Having just released their new album ‘Nationalsange’ (national anthems) the group is ready to kick off their fall tour this weekend and this Saturday they stop by Atlas and bring their new tracks with them. I got to chat a bit with Thorbjørn from the group and hear about the band and the new album.
[chat question=”You guys are a constellation of talented musicians who are also occupied with their own projects. How do you make this work as a group?“]
We have divided the individual roles pretty clearly. I write the songs, Nicolai sings them and the six of us all produce the music together. You could say it’s within that set frame that Spillemændene unfolds. Without those rules there wouldn’t be any Spillemændene[/chat]
[chat question=”Spillemændene have a very original and characteristic sound. Who has inspired you and what do you feel makes this particular sound?“]
Thank you! It’s hard to say. There are so many role models that one could mention but Povl Dissing and Nick Cave’s sense for the dramatic and C.V. Jørgensen’s poetic and sarcastic lyrics have made a certain impression. And I remember that Simon, who plays guitar in the band, and I were both excited about the jazz musician Jakob Bro before Spillemændene was formed. Also we’ve listened to American bands like Lower Dens and Deerhoof. In all modesty there really isn’t one particular artist that lies as inspiration for what we are doing now. That’s why we do what we do. It hasn’t been done yet! At least not in this exact way.[/chat]
[chat question=”Your debut album recieved a lot of praise and even landed you a place on both Spot and Roskilde Festival’s line-up. How do you keep the listeners interested?“]
In my opinion that is the wrong question to ask. You are not supposed to keep the listener interested. They can have the experience that they happen to get out of it. But as I mentioned before, it is only exciting for us to work together as long as we have a feeling that we are trying something out that hasn’t been done before. There needs to be some exploring and discovering of new territory every time we write and produce a new track. As talented musicians it happens to be a challenge at times: You keep repeating what you are good at because you now it works really well. Jens Benz, our producer on Nationalsange, actually suggested that we switch instruments next time so we don’t too good with them! But I’d like to be excluded from the switcheroo ‘cause I’m still on a high from playing around with synthesizers, which was actually something I only just got serious about when we made Nationalsange. When all that’s said, I think our album ranges vastly, from the pompous Stratego to the punkish Djævlesangen to the quiet and rubato-ish ballad Sjæler. But it has never been our intention from the get go to have such a vast range, the songs just happen to go a bit in different directions in a beautiful manner when you really listen to them and find out each have their own individual sound and life.[/chat]
[chat question=”You have just released your debut album ’Nationalsange’, how was the work process of this record and how does it differ from the EP ‘Spillemandsbogen’?“]
We recorded it with Jens Benz that amongst other things things has also produce Nd for Iceage and Thulebasen. And since the EP our drummer Anders has joined the band. Also Nicolai, Simon and I have started studying at the Danish Academy of Music (the other members already studied there) and the time spent there has definitely set its mark with all the new music you are presented to and the many experiments that you are pushed into. There are so many reasons that the album that the album sound different that the EP. The base of the tracks were quickly in place and then there was a synth overlaod in the following months, luckily the other members stopped Jens and I in time and saved the record! It got a name and then Nationalsange was made.[/chat]
[chat question=”Does the new album take you around the country?“]
From Schweiserpladsen in Slageslse to Kaffe & Kærlighed in Hjørring. Yeah we get to go around! We are very excited to start our fall tour this weekend, where we play at Huset in Aalborg and at Atlas this Friday and Saturday. One of the more unusual events is going to be the one day tour on Zealand on Spil Dansk Dagen (Play Danish Day) the 31st of October. We are going to drive around and perform from the back of a truck. Amongst others, we go by Næstved, slagelse and Frederiksberg. And of course we finish with style at the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen at 21:30! It’s going to be epic![/chat]
Doors open at 20:00 and concert starts at 21:00
Tickets go for 120,-