Stockholm’s Henrik Jonback, Henrik Korpi, Tommy Spaanheden, and Peter Ågren come together to create upbeat dance-pop tracks with a punk flare. The Amplifetes latest album Where Is The Light came out on August 23rd, and we had the chance of catching up with the band to learn more about the LP, their risqué music video, favourite dance moves, and robots.
AMBY: Hello The Amplifetes, what’s the band been up to?
The Amplifetes: Hello back. Well, we’ve spent the last two years working on, releasing, promoting and touring our second album Where Is The Light . That’s pretty much it.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
The Amplifetes: It’s a clash of different styles and musical ages really, kind of a bloody battle of the genres. It’s pop meeting club, machines doing punk, the past transforming into present and space brought down on earth.
AMBY: You released your album Where Is The Light on August 23rd. Which songs are your favourite off the LP?
The Amplifetes: At the moment I have a special love affair with Never Going Back, but also S.E.O.K.L and the title track. Love the f*ed up pop vibe I think is present in these.
AMBY: The video for You Want It is pretty risqué. What inspired the band to take that approach to the film clip?
The Amplifetes: For this album we wanted to take on a whole different perspective on the video thing than before, so we contacted Mikel Cee Karlsson to write and direct them. He´s an amazing filmmaker and has a very distinct and peculiar atmosphere in all of his work, our songs being no exception to. I see both of his videos, for You Want It and You/Me/Evolution, as social commentaries upon how children are regarded in modern western consumption age. One brings the issue of parents not allowing their kids to be kids and the other is a peek into the tragic life of someone who does’t know how to be a grown up. But I have no idea if that is his intention or not…
AMBY: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?
The Amplifetes: From other music, obviously, a lot of the time we tend to pick influences from forgotten or unsung heroes thereby in a sense restoring their glory, at least in our heads… But we also takes walks in the park sometimes.
AMBY: You’ve written songs for artists like Madonna, Britney Spears, and Kylie Minogue. But has there ever been a song you wish you wrote? And if so, which song?
The Amplifetes: Heroes/David Bowie is the perfect song. An absolutely irresistible mixture of alternative noise and the most hopeful pop music ever heard, with beautiful poetic lyrics on top. Wish we’d wrote that.
AMBY: Your music can get people on their dancing feet in seconds! So what’s your favourite dance move?
The Amplifetes: The triangle.
AMBY: Does hailing from Stockholm have an influence on your sound? If yes, how?
The Amplifetes: I guess. Living in Sweden, where it’s almost pitch black and cold for two thirds of the year probably imposes a bit of melancholy on our music, I think. It also almost forces us to spend a lot of time indoors, which leaves you not much choice than to make music:)
AMBY: You are allowed to say one sentence which will reach the whole world. What would you say?
The Amplifetes: The music is reversible but time is not – turn back!
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year so far?
The Amplifetes: The Ampifetes/Where Is The Light. And there’s a song on the radio, just can’t remember the name or by whom…aah, never mind.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Amplifetes that nobody knows yet?
The Amplifetes: We are not robots. We have feelings.
Thank you The Amplifetes, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout