We're pumped to bring you another awesome show with Swedish female electo-pop duo Icona Pop! This time we'll be bringing the party to Santos Party House on Wednesday, September 12th!
- ICONA POP-
Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt met on a Saturday night in February 2009. It was, Aino says quite reasonably, â€œthe best thing that ever happenedâ€.
So the day after the best thing that ever happened happened, these two girls from the Stockholm suburbs formed a electronic pop duo band, and on the Monday â€“ when the hangovers had cleared and it still all seemed like the best thing that had ever happened â€“ they booked their first gig â€“ Icona Pop was born. This felt all very well, but then they realised they had four weeks until their gig, but no songs.
Autumn of 2011, Icona Pop moved from Stockholm to London, and with an album ready to go the tunes are in no short supply. Icona Pop says: â€œWe like galloping drums, and synthesisers, but we still like the classical pop melodies. And thatâ€™s â€˜what we areâ€™. We donâ€™t have to decide, because thereâ€™s no decision to be made. We just have to do exactly what we want.â€
In the intervening years theyâ€™ve working with The Knocks (voted one of NMEâ€™s hottest production outfits of the hour), Patrik Berger (Robyn), Elof Loelv (Niki & The Dove), Fredrik Berger (The Good Natured) and Style of Eye, as well as sessions with UK producers like Starsmith (Kylie, Ellie Goulding) and Burns. Their Neon Gold-released double a-side single â€˜Mannersâ€™ / â€˜Top Ratedâ€™ prompted journals like NME and The Guardian say things along the lines of â€œeffortlessly coolâ€ and â€œall the makings of a 24-carat pop hitâ€, and the duo have perfected their live show, too â€“ that first performance back in 2009 went rather well, all things considered, while their first London gig was impressive enough to bag them a management deal with Artist Company TEN, the team behind Niki & The Dove and Erik Hassle.
Thereâ€™s plenty more of this evocative stuff right across Icona Popâ€™s as-yet-untitled debut album, due out in 2012. Effervescently romantic number â€˜Sun Goes Downâ€™ is a Knocks collaboration written on a trip to New York. â€œWe both had a crush at home,â€ Caroline recalls, â€œand we were thinking about our lovely men on the other side of the ocean, singing, â€˜I will be waiting for you until the sun goes downâ€™.â€ The sound of it all is hard to pinpoint, but there are some unmistakeable Madonnaisms on spirited anthem â€˜Beat The Lâ€™.
So that original plan for Caroline to give Aino her best night ever? Well, that night they met in 2009 has since been immortalised in song, on the vivid and joyous â€˜Nights Like Thisâ€™ Caroline explains, â€œeverything that night was like magic, and the lyric â€˜nights like this, you will never be aloneâ€™, is what Icona Pop is all about. Itâ€™s about being together and having fun, and inviting as many people as possible because the best nights out are the ones you want to share with everyone.â€
As nights out go, Icona Popâ€™s first must of one of popâ€™s most vital, and itâ€™s still in full effect three years later. In fact, it feels like itâ€™s just getting going. â€œWeâ€™re having so much fun all the time,â€ Aino smiles. â€œItâ€™s kind of scary.â€
Heartsrevolution, the digital punk, boy/grrrl duo from NYC are in the studio recording their debut album titled, RIDE OR DIE, to be released on French indie label, Kitsune worldwide (excluding N.America) The album, which the band describes as a â€œglobal call to armsâ€ is due out fall 2010. The album will explore the bands dichotomy of childlike innocence and visceral revolutionary spirit. Drawing from Loâ€™s riot grrrl past, the album also serves as a platform for her often political lyrics. This is sure to be one exciting rock & roll dance record. While working on their upcoming full length studio debut, Lo and Ben have partnered with the sparkling couture-staple Swarovski Elements to completely bedazzle one of their infamous Heartschallenger ice cream trucks and make it the worldâ€™s first and only completely crystallized touring ice-cream truck! The duo is determined to continue with their DIY approach while inspiring the 21st century generation to think outside of the box. Heartsrevolutionâ€™s breakout EP, Switchblade, boasted their own unique brand of electronic neo-punk dance music and included the anthemic â€œC.Y.O.A. (Choose Your Own Adventure)â€, the acronym serving as the mantra that has shaped their career-arc thus far. Born of a punk ethos the band has self released records and self funded tours all via the Heartschallenger ice cream trucks. The trucks operate as a nexus of their DIY self-empowered infrastructure by selling treats outside of shows and music festivals. It is then no surprise the band was described by NME as â€œthe model for the modern pop group, One day all bands will be like thisâ€ The group formed in 2005 when Lo asked Ben to compose a soundtrack for the 1st Heartschallenger ice cream truck.
Their name name comes from a â€œHuggy Bearâ€ song called â€œHer Jazzâ€ which referenced boy/grrrl revolutionaries.
PUNCHES was born during a cab ride one cold, Brooklyn December night, with thoughts of warm weather and the perfect summer soundtrack. Composed of twin brother DJs Finger on the Pulse and Alan Astor, PUNCHES is united by a common goal to get you moving. The sound is dynamic and fresh, heavily influenced by disco vibes with indie elements. They have produced original tracks featuring Alan Astor on vocals, as well as an official remix for indie pop sweethearts Au Revoir Simone.