Teaspoon are from Gothenburg, Sweden and deal with super authentic mod 60s retro music. (No seriously), we try not to be essentialistic, doing whatever we feel like. We’ve got some spacey kraut, percussion heavy progpsychfunk and more popsike dancers coming up at the moment, not to mention the deep house opera we’re working on.
Stig Steijner – guitar, percussion
Kristian Hermander – organ, synthesizers
Björn Munthe – bass
Sebastian Løken – guitar, vocals, percussion, drums
1. How did you guys meet and what drove you to make music together?
I (Sebastian) met Kristian in high school and formed something of a music nerd team straight away, geeking away about music of all kinds and playing together in various constellations, most famously the dadaist proto-punkers World Trade Center. Stig and I are childhood friends and he and his best friend Björn wanted to start up a band so we did.
2. What are your live shows like?
A fart in space.
3. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?
Popsike dancers, afro rock, heavy psych, Finders Keepers records, Throbbing Gristle, Sylvester, Amon Düül II, Eddy Grant, Jean-Pierre Massiera, The Egyptian Lover, Goblin, Fela Kuti, Sarge, July, Baris Manco, easy listening, David Mancuso, Toby Twirl, Ibliss, Rich Hero, Pink Floyd, Liquid Liquid, and all that mod psych jazz. We’ve done July – Crying Is For Writers, The Outcasts – Loving You Sometimes, The Poets – Wooden Spoon, Scots of St James – Eiderdown Clown and lots of similar stuff. I’d like to do Andwella – Hold On To Your Mind cause them percussion breaks are awesome. We don’t hate. Hate is so 1939 man.
4. What are your main influences outside of music?
Space, Turkey (the country), Björn’s eyes, Glasgow drinking habits, Turkey (the bird), gardening and other pastoral pleasures.
5. How many official recordings have you done? How many released? Where can they be found? And who write your songs and what subjects do you deal with?
That’s a lot of questions in one! We have recordings up on our soundcloud page. I used to write most of the old stuff but we are trying to work more collectively now. Subject matters range from hot girls and not-so-subtle drug allusions to sleepwalking old ladies. We need more songs about science and space I think.
6. What’s your favourite song in your reprtoire currently?
Old faves ‘Radiation’ and ‘Doctor Doctor’ still works, as does ‘Dream Girl’ and the new silver apples-meet-michael rother-in-a-garage-y one with working title ‘Not Afraid To Fly.’
7. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?
Definitely, but seriously the bus scene is where it’s at at the moment.
8. What has been the biggest challenge to date?
Recording both sides of the single in one night, and Ryan Air.
9. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record?
We’ve been playing quite a lot this year which has been great. We played our first gigs in London and Stockholm. We also played in Maidenhead where we were subject to some amazing Adele renditions from a crazy woman our then drummer Jonas met in Tesco’s and got us all to visit. In Stockholm me and Björn got in a fight and thrashed our luxury hotel room in the process. We also played a weird hippie festival in Scotland where Stig and Mike Heron had an argument verging on fight over cookies in the green room yurt.
We don’t record and rehearse as much as we want to, that’s for sure.
10. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?
Well, it’s always been kind of shit hasn’t it? There are some great music blogs out there though like 20 Jazz Funk Greats and Galactic Ramble just from the top of my mind. Also NUTs and Shindig! Have both been very good to us.
11. Do you rate any other current bands?
S.C.U.M. and the Horrors are good guys, Dungen and Tame Impala are great as well. The Time and Space Machine, Psychemagik and the Emperor’s Machine are all doing good psych/cosmic disco crossover stuff, lots of stuff out there beyond the ‘rock band’ box.
12. Who/Where would you most like to record and why?
Some Aladdin’s Cave somewhere of old gear to play around with. And be able to spend lots of time there, like years. Don’t know where that would be though.
13. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions?
Right now just writing loads of new songs as that has been neglected recently. Then hopefully touring the european continent next year, and maybe record and release an LP if anybody wants to do it with us?
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