Pale Honey recently returned with the first track from their second album, which is due early 2017. The single, Real Thing, is harsh yet brilliantly composed rock that I can’t get enough of.
I asked the Swedish duo a few questions about their music. Check it out below.
Tell us a little bit about yourselves?
We are Tuva Lodmark and Nelly Daltrey, both born in ’92 in the cold winter of Gothenburg, Sweden. Tuva is one month older so she gets to be the big sister, and she’s the only one badass enough to have a driver’s license. We love to read, stare at each other in the rear mirror on tours, have cold beers and sleep – but most importantly we love to play music. Preferably with beer.
How did the band come about?
We met in eighth grade and started playing music together from the very beginning. It was all about having fun and learning by doing, especially considering that we had barely laid eyes on our respective instruments beforehand. Growing up we tried playing in different constellations but soon enough we figured that we’re better off on our own. Tiny wolves, small club. We recorded an EP under the band name Pale Honey together with producer Anders Lagerfors, and a debut album and a few tours later we’re still going strong.
Where did the inspiration for your latest single, Real Thing, come from?
It was written and recorded during the summer, in those days when it’s impossible to feel anything but magically good. When we first hit the studio we all had a clear idea of what the song would sound like – the first recording session went really quick, a few tries to nail the drums, add some fuzzing guitars, Tuva sat down and recorded the vocals in a sitting while Nelly and Anders blissfully waited like kids outside the room and then we all had a go at the synthesizer to see if we could get something cool out of that. We doubt that our producer got any sleep during that evening, hooked on the song we got the crispiest pre-production anyone could wish for.
Listen to the track here:
Have you got any plans for future releases?
There will definitely be more singles, accompanying music videos and, as we recently did for “Real Thing” in Stockholm, we’re going to have some release parties. We love playing live, getting the opportunity to meet our supporters and Tuva is a real car-driving-goddess on top of it all.
Who are your main influences musically?
Our influences vary, some bands and artists we enjoy are PJ Harvey, Gorillaz, Queens of the Stone Age, Tame Impala, Radiohead. Maybe it’s the playfulness by the musicians that make us want to create our own thing. We do however tend to be more productive and letting our creativity come to use when we don’t listen to a lot of music.
Where’s the dream venue or festival you want to play?
There are so many great festivals out there so it’s hard to only pick one. Perhaps it would be Coachella, since it’s so classic and mythical. But some other festivals we would die to play at is Melt, Secret Soltice, Reading Festival amongst many others. The lineup on these festivals are nowhere near the best festivals here in Sweden – you peeps living close to the festivals are lucky.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Nelly is all into calm music right now, saving the energy bursts to Pale Honey. Tom Rosenthal is a favorite as well as Joanna Newsom. Tuva is at the moment a lot into Blood Orange and Apparat.
Finally, why should people reading this listen to your music?
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON ALL THE FUN! We’ve put our hearts into what we do and release, you’re all welcome to be a part of it.