The indie pop trio dish secrets and trivia in our latest instalment…
Swedish indie pop trio LINES like to keep themselves to themselves; their music may be euphoric club-worthy bangers, but when it comes to finding things out about the band the prospect becomes thin on the ground. Through the frenetic, synth-drenched and sun-worshipping energy of MGMT evoking single ‘People’ to the punchy and rippling tones of latest effort ‘Velvet’, it’s clear that LINES are down for a good time. But who are they?
That’s why we thought we’d do the hard work for you! In our latest V.I.Qs Erik, Nisse and Fred tell us about the first songs they wrote, who would play them in a film of their lives and the times they did things they really probably shouldn’t…
What was the first song you remember loving as a child?
Erik: The Beatles – ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
Nisse:The Brecker Bros – ‘Skunk Funk’
Who was your biggest musical icon at the age of twelve?
E: Michael Jackson
N: The Brecker Bros.
What was the title of the first track you wrote and what was it about?
E: ‘What’s Up’, a political song about current events and the state of selling our welfare.
N: I don’t remember!
F: ‘Schizofriend’, I wrote it about a friend who was only nice to me when we were alone. As soon as there were other people around, he didn’t see me or just made fun of me. This hurt my feelings and made me wonder if he was suffering from schizophrenia.
What was the first album you remember buying?
E: NWA – Straight Outta Compton, not the first record that I got but the first one I remember buying. Back then you had to make the trip to Stockholm to get it because the local record store didn’t have it.
N: Out of the Loop
F: I don’t remember ever buying an album.
What was the first gig you went to?
E: Elton John!
F: Rocktåget (Magnus Uggla, GES and other Swedish artists)
What is your favourite song (ever)?
E: Michael Jackson – ‘Man in the Mirror’
F: Bonnie Tyler – ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’
What song are you most loving right now?
E: Michael Jackson – ‘Man in the Mirror’
N: Deathpact – ‘Danger’
F: Missiles – ‘The Sound’
You have one last meal on Earth: starter, main, dessert – what would it be?
E: Vegan pad thai
N: Some good cheese, homemade burgers, Ben & Jerry’s chocolate fudge
F: Fruits, sandwiches, drinks and weed
What’s your go-to soft drink?
E: Does coffee count?
And alcoholic beverage?
E: I don’t drink – does coffee count?
N: Gin and tonic with cucumber
F: Bitte eine bit or anything with gin plz
Sweet or savoury?
Which Spice Girl are you?
What was your biggest fear when you were younger?
E: Losing my mind
N: I had none
Have you overcome it?
E: Hell no
F: In some way
What is your most embarrassing memory?
E: I’ve actually never embarrassed myself but I’ve heard it’s embarrassing.
F: I do stuff on a daily basis that makes me wanna leave this town, dye my hair and change my name.
Who would play you in a film of your life?
E: A young Leonardo Di Caprio
N: Heath Ledger
F: Gary Busey
If you could be in a tribute act/ band, who would you be and why?
E: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, that would probably be the most fun to play! (Guitar)
N: Gotta agree with Erik on this one. (Drums though, not guitar, guitars are stupid)
F: I would love to end my career singing Cher songs in a karaoke bar somewhere far East.
Tell us about a time when you did something you probably shouldn’t…
E: This one time I was really drunk and there was a fight outside a club, police came and things got out of hand. After managing to incapacitate the security guard and get semi-handcuffed by an officer, a bigger fight broke out a couple of metres away; shit got tense and I got free.
One of the cops lost his firearm and it just happened to slide across the sidewalk and land right in front of me. As genius ideas come, this one was quite questionable, I reached for it and the rightful owner was busy getting into a wrestling match with someone else outside of the club, I was now a proud owner of a deadly weapon. Needless to say, drunk people shouldn’t operate hand guns in public, I knew that much – but then again, the question wasn’t when I made a thoughtful decision.
But also I’m not THAT stupid, I didn’t kill anyone. I quickly hid the gun under my jacket and put my handcuffed hand in my pocket and while the cops were getting the bigger fight under control. I walked up to the security guard I had knocked out earlier and whispered “you’re beautiful, don’t let anyone ever tell you different” and then I walked away from the scene without raising any suspicions. I still have the gun but what do I do? Selling guns isn’t exactly legal.
N: I drank coffee with milk one time.
F: I’m gonna have to plead the fifth on that one.
LINES latest single ‘Velvet’ is available now.