If you want a new band to adore and never get enough of, then listen to Alpaca Sports. The band consists of frontman Andreas Jonsson and many of his talented friends. When their minds are put together, a brilliant mix of indie-pop, loving jingles, and absolute enchantment is created. So when Andreas said he’d gladly answer some questions I had for him, I knew it would be a fun and delightful experience!
AMBY: So, for people who are unfamiliar with your band, how would you describe your music to them?
AJ: I guess I would describe it as sweet, romantic and classic jangly boy/girl-indie-pop inspired by mostly lots of British bands from the 80s and 90s. Such as Orange Juice, The Pastels, The Hit Parade, The Smiths, Another Sunny Day etc. The list could go on forever.
AMBY: I’ve been wondering for a while now, how did you come up with your band name?
AJ: I wish I had a funny and adventurous answer to this and that I was brought up by alpacas since I got lost in South America as a little boy. A little bit like Mowgli and his wolf family. But mostly it’s a play with words that symbolizes my ideas and feelings about the music and creates funny images in my head.
AMBY: That would be an excellent story! What does your music reflect about you? Besides awesomeness, of course!
AJ: Thank you so much! I guess it reflects a lot of things about me, for example feelings I’m scared of and my way of day dreaming and looking back at what has once was. In many ways I’m very naive and I tend to/like to romanticize things in my head even though I know it’s often stupid to do so. So I guess the music also reflects this side of my personality.
AMBY: What are the three last tracks played on your iPod?
AJ: I guess last time I listened to my iPod must have been on the bus into town the other day listening to the compilation Where’d You Learn to Kiss That Way by The Field Mice. So the last three songs were Canada, Anyone Else Isn’t You and September’s Not So Far Away.
AMBY: A very good indie-pop group! What was your first concert experience like? Did it have an impact on your music?
AJ: I think my first real concert experience must have been when I as a kid saw the Swedish skate punk band Millencolin for the first time together with my skateboard buddies. I think I was somewhere between 12-15 years old and I’m not sure how much impact it has done on Alpaca Sports’ sound but I remember how inspiring it was for me. It made me want to learn how to play the guitar and to write my own songs. I don’t know how many nights I spent in front of the mirror in my mom’s room playing air guitar with a badminton racket. I miss those days in a way.
AMBY: Your music puts me in an absolute fantastic mood with your joyous lyrics and sweet vibe. I cannot get enough Alpaca Sports! Who’s a band you can’t get enough of?
AJ: Thank you so much for those kind words, I’m happy to hear that! There are a lot of bands that I can’t get enough of. Sure I can enjoy listening to new music sometimes but most of the time I listen to the same old pop records and bands that I’ve been listening to since forever. The Smiths, (sorry if it’s a boring example), is the band that got me into pop music in the first place and I never get bored listening to them. Johnny Marr’s guitar play still amazes me every listen.
AMBY: You’re very welcome, and it’s never boring when it’s The Smiths! Now time for something serious, if you were a heavy metal band, who would you be?
AJ: Haha tough question, and my God you almost made me Google heavy metal bands! The only band I can think of is Def Leppard, are they heavy metal? As a kid (and still nowadays), I was always so incredibly impressed by their drummer who could play with just one arm. So I guess that would be my answer here (if I have to choose one).
AMBY: And lastly, what’s forthcoming for Alpaca Sports? I hear you’re filming a new music video soon!
AJ: Yes, we’re filming a new music video which we have to hurry up with before the last summer days are over here in Sweden. We’ll be releasing two 7” singles as soon as possible and me and Carl Jirestedt (who co-writes the songs with me) are writing songs for the debut LP that will be released early next year. I’d love to tell you more about forthcoming singles and other fun releases but they aren’t official yet so I’ll have to wait a bit longer before I go out with information. But there are extremely exciting things happening soon!
Other than releasing, recording and writing songs we have some gigs planned. In late October we’re going to Italy! We’ll be playing in Rome on October 25 and in Milano on the 27. The weekend after that we’re going to London to play with The Proctors, The Sunbathers and The Sunny Street at the club ‘Sleeping Today’ arranged by the lovely Gary Sansom from Dufflecoat Records. We have some gigs planned in different cities here in Sweden too, but no dates decided yet. It’s going to be a fun autumn/winter!
I have been so captivated by Alpaca Sports’ music, and every song of theirs completely touches your heart as they sing about the joys of life and love. Their sound is endearing, sunny, sweet and of course, infectious. Their tune I Was Running is lovely, so be sure to check it out! And lastly, I’d love to thank you Andreas, for giving me your answers!
Photo Credits to Per Möller.