This is No Suits In Miami’s third outing on SWIT. The band are from the southern Swedish town of Lund and consist of Michelle Dzgoeva, Olle Oscarsson, Hannes Ponzlid and Erik Lange. Today we have their brilliantly downbeat, tuneful new single “Plain Sight”, plus we get a chance to interrogate the band. We have ways of making you talk. And sing. Check it.
Tell us about Plain Sight?
Olle: It’s a sad song about sad feelings, and that nothing’s ever going to be fine.
Is it the precursor to a new EP/LP?
Erik: Nope, but we might put it on an album if we ever get enough money to record it.
Olle: Hasse was talking about putting it on his new house-remix EP.
Hasse: Hasse’s House.
How did you all meet?
Michelle: Olle, Erik, and I met in elementary school. Olle and Hasse played in the same floorball team, so that’s how we eventually met Hasse.
What did you think of the other ones when you first met them?
Hasse: Olle and I were pretty sceptical about each other, but we eventually grew close due to our love for Pokémon and blink-182. My first impression of Erik was that he was scary.
Olle: The only thing I remember about Erik was that he was emo. And Hasse was weird.
Michelle: I don’t really remember meeting Olle or Erik since we were like between 6 and 9 years of age. But I remember that I was hoping for Erik to be a fan of Tokio Hotel since he was emo (although Tokio Hotel isn’t emo so I don’t really understand the connection myself), but he wasn’t.
What’s the first piece of music you loved and why?
Michelle: For me, it was Durch den Monsun by Tokio Hotel, when I was about 9 years old. I was “”emo””.
Hasse: It’s My Life by Bon Jovi. I sang that at a school concert.
What is your favourite song you’ve written and why?
Erik: Schade. It’s a fast song. It’s cool.
Hasse: Althea. It’s a banger.
Michelle: For me, it’s one of our new songs, that hasn’t been released yet. The lyrics are very personal, and the atmosphere of the song matches the lyrics in a way that I like.
Olle: Capo 4 or Plain Sight. Capo 4 because it says everything it wants to say with just three chords. And Plain Sight because it managed to capture a feeling of melancholy.
What artists have been your biggest influences and in what way?
Olle: Westkust. They have the world’s greatest sound and “skitgoa’” pop songs.
Hasse: Andy Rourke, his basslines are just fine.
Erik: Thomas DiLeva. The drumming in Althea is inspired by his song Vi har bara varandra.
Do you argue much about songs/musical direction/etc?
Michelle: We started arguing while trying to answer this question.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
Erik: This Charming Man by The Smiths. We would have been very rich and it’s also a very dance-friendly bop.
Olle: Hey Princess by Popsicle. It’s a perfect pop song.
Whats the weirdest thing that happened to you recently?
Michelle: About 10 seconds ago, while we were answering these questions, a drunk guy approached us dressed up as an alien, and asked us if we had been to Sean Connery. It was very unclear what he meant.
What’s exciting you on the local/Swedish music scene?
Olle: Ceremoni, they’re super good and everyone should listen to their song Crystal Palace. Then there’s Mystery Language, they sound a bit like Westkust that we mentioned before. And everyone should listen to Indie Girlfriend by Makeout Point, it’s a real indie hit.
What’s the best phrase that you’ve picked up in another language?
Olle: Smrt fašizmu. (Death to Fascism).
Which of these activities are you most likely to be found doing: (a) making a soufflé, (b) tinkering with a motorbike, (c) doing the ironing, (d) putting up shelves?
Michelle: Erik is most likely to be making a soufflé, I’d be most likely to do the ironing, and Olle would be the one putting up shelves. Hasse is definitely the one tinkering with a motorbike.
What question would you like to be asked that you never are and what would your answer be?
Olle: If I have the first press of The Cure’s Disintegration because I do.
Hasse: I would like for someone to challenge me in a Pokémon game.
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Foto av Jasmine Freij.