Wy, from Malmö, are one of the most promising bands around anywhere at the moment. They’ve gone from strength to strength since they released “In Bloom” on Hybris last year. “Bathrooms” came out on this week- the first single from their forthcoming debut album . It’s another stunning tune and, frankly, we expect the LP to be a tour de force. We were delighted when Ebba and Michel answered some questions for us recently.
How did Wy form originally?
We’ve been a couple for almost 8 years and we have been in multiple bands together. We always figured that we made the best music as a duo so Wy began with us really embracing that.
We love “Never Was” – how long was that in the works? Are you happy with the response?
We were kinda shocked about all the positive response we got! The whole process of making the EP took about four months, so it went pretty fast. Although the last track, “The God Concept”, we actually written in February that year. During those four last months we were kind of isolated in the sense of almost no one knowing who we were. It felt like ‘Never Was’ made us reach new people.
What was the first piece of music that really affected you, and why?
Michel: I believe that music has affected me before I even realised it. The first time I reflected upon it was when I heard “Die Romantic” by Aiden in like 2007. It was angsty and chaotic just like I felt during that time.
Ebba: One of the earliest memories I have with music is me trying to learn the lyrics of Cher’s “Just Like Jesse James” even though I couldn’t speak English. I just thought the song was so great and emotional; I used to listen to it and pretend I was in a movie.
You say new single ”Bathrooms” is “about self-doubt and the confusion of being a 20 year old.” It’s something that comes across in your music a lot, does writing and performing help you deal with those emotions?
Michel: I don’t write the lyrics but I do share the same troubles as Ebba. For me performing is both heaven and hell because I struggle with social anxiety. I do however feel like I come alive when we’re performing and I really love seeing and talking to people at the shows cause it just feels unreal that people actually listen to and love what we’re doing.
Ebba: Yes! When you can see clearly in written form how you feel and how you felt a while ago, you distance yourself a bit from those emotions. I always want to say to my past self that it gets better, and I slowly learn from hat. It’s a bit like therapy.
Is the new album “in the can?” How are you feeling about it?
I guess you could say that. It’s exciting and scary. We feel that since our first single our musical journey has been about finding our voices in the scene and we really hope that people will like where we’re going sonically on the album.
What is your favourite song that you’ve written and why?
Michel: I actually believe that ‘Bathrooms’ is our best song yet.
Ebba: For me it’s the last track on the album. I always feel so proud when I hear it. I’m kind of nervous to release it though, because it’s maybe the most personal lyrics I have ever written. It’s also the first song we did for the album.
What is it like to work with Hybris?
Even if we do most things ourselves, like our videos and artwork and stuff, it’s always nice to be backed up by a label. It feels like people respect you more sometimes. Hybris are pretty chill. Right now we wouldn’t want to be on a major label or something like that.
How difficult/easy do you find it to write songs? What’s the dynamic like between you?
Michel: Mostly easy since we can be honest with each other and that’s probably the biggest obstacle when writing with other people. We both write the music and Ebba writes the lyrics and vocals.
Ebba: The hardest thing is to nail the feeling you want to achieve. It’s hard to step back and judge yourself. I have those periods when I hate everything I do. Sometimes I think a melody I’ve written sounds like shit but then I find myself walking around singing it all the time, and then I know it’s good.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
Michel: So many… It would’ve been cool if I wrote ‘Ripple Water Shine’ by Pianos Become the Teeth. I love that track because it pairs great lyrics with post-rockish music and a nice vocal.
Ebba: “Downtown” by Majical Cloudz because it’s so fucking moving, or “Margarita” by Mas Ysa because I’ve been trying for so long to write a song that’s sad but also groovy as hell.
Who have been your biggest influences?
Michel: I’d say the American emo and post-rock scene has influenced me the most.
Ebba: Mitski and the band Mothers. Also myself.
What’s exciting you on the Scandinavian music scene these days?
Our label-buddies Echo Ladies. They’re great people and they have the noise to back it up.
What’s your idea of success?
Having a sold-out tour, maybe.
If you weren’t musicians what would you love to do?
Michel: Something where I can solve problems. That’s the thing I’m good at besides music.
Ebba: Something with dogs. I love dogs*.
What question would you like to be asked that you never are? And what would be your answer?
What guitars are you playing and why?
Ebba: I just switched out my vintage Hofner that I got from my dad for a Hagström Condor. I like having multiple mics and a lot of switches so I can change between muddy and clear sounds.
Michel: I have a Japanese Fender Mustang that I fucking love. It’s a student model and it fits my hands perfect. I also love the people that have played the Mustang before, like Theresa Wayman from Warpaint.
*Speaking of dogs, here’s the wonderful drawing Ebba did for our Gallery.
Photos by Frida Kärvegård.