Friska Viljor [Interview]

A few weeks ago we reviewed the new album by Swedish duo Friska Viljor – needless to say we thought it was fucking ace.
Since then Daniel Johansson has been kind enough to talk to us about that record, what it’s like to be creative in an area where the winter brings with it 24 hour darkness and a whole host of other stuff.

For those that don’t know an awful lot about you, tell us a little bit about yourself.
We are two guys in the process of becoming two old farts who sing songs about life as we see it from time to time.
Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad.
Life that is.

What is it like in the winter when you’re living in darkness for 24 hours a day and how does that influence you creatively?
The only way it influences our creativity is for the fact that it’s not as fun to be outdoors in wintertime with the cold and the darkness.
This makes songwriting more of a timespender than in summertime.
The darkness is nice, makes us appreciate the light more.

Who are your biggest influences?
Probably everything we’ve ever liked in our entire lives.
Everything is put into our great databank called ‘brain’ and I guess that is where it pours out from as well.

Your new album came out on the 11th April, how excited are you about that?
Very excited!
It’s a good album and we hope people who listen to it will feel the same.
It’s always interesting to see how it will be received.

I understand you wrote a great deal of the record in Berlin. What was that like?
Actually we didn’t really finish anything in Berlin.
There were too many other things to do there.
There are only two songs that spawn from our time in Berlin; ‘Larionov’ and ‘You Meant Nothing’.
The rest was written at other times.

Why did you call it The Beginning of the Beginning of the End?
A bit of a flirt with the last album ‘For New Beginnings‘ and we just like the idea that everything new is the beginning of the beginning of the end.
When we’re born we start our journey towards the end.
That thought makes us want to take care with every moment in life.

So what do you have lined up next? Can we expect to see you on tour?
Yes, we’re doing a tour around Europe in April/May and after that we’re going to Spain for four shows and then we have the festivals in the summer to look forward to.
Also we’re gonna try to write a new album…

On the subject of gigs, do you have any crazy ‘gig stories’ that have happened to you over the years?
Oh there’s a lot but we live by the rule: ‘what happens on the road, stays on the road’.

Which bands – however unrealistic – would you most like to go on tour with?
Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years time?
The exact thing that we’re doing right now.

Finally, then, is there anything else that you would like to say to our readers?
Buy our album and make us rich!

-David Tinkler

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