Following a triumphantly busy start to their fifth series in September,
Ja Ja Ja have announced their latest line-up of Nordic talent for the 30th October at London's The Lexington.The UK's foremost new Nordic night will feature Swedish indie rockers Francobollo, Norwegian popstar Hanne Kolstø and Danish noise pop band Lowly, plus resident DJs Project Fresh Socks. Read on for a quick introduction to each act, alongside some handy mp3 and video links that'll give you a taster of the excellent new sounds Ja Ja Ja continues to bring to our shores each month.
Ja Ja Ja regulars can become members to get discounted tickets and other Nordic treats on signing-up here. Tickets are £7 in advance (£5 for Ja Ja Ja members), on sale now here or more on the door on the night.
Francobollo, made up of Simon Nilsson (vocals/guitar) Sean Bean (Drums) and Petter Grevelius (guitar) hit the UK from Sweden in 2009. Picking up Londoner Sam Bailey (bass), and more recently fellow Swede Wiya Ngeh (electronics/percussion) on their journey, they’ve honed their raucous own brand of infectious grungy pop, slowly picking up a growing legion of dedicated pit-filling Francophiles along the way. Combining dashes of Nirvana, LCD Soundsystem and Pavement, they create a unique cacophony of melody infused guitar-pop with twinges of electronics picking up the energy.The band’s first two EPs ('Harphloma' and 'Basketball') earned them fans inTom Robinson, Huw Stephens and John Kennedy, with the latter proclaiming “Francobollo will rock your world!” Over the course of the past year, Francobollo released two singles, 'We’re Going To…Rio!' and 'Steven Hawkins' on their own label, Moonshiner Records, an extension of their Moonshiner clubnights which have fostered a buzzing scene in East London. With 100,000+ Youtube hits under their belt, the band are now in the studio putting together a raft of new material for a mini-album release in 2015.
Watch the gonzo lo-fi video for 'Steven Hawkins':
About Hanne Kolstø
Hanne Kolstø is a musical trapeze artist. She evolves, pulsates and lives to find what is true for herself, and she does so while balancing high above the circus ring. Her music exudes confidence, but the underlying uneasiness poses a constant threat to the comfort of the listener. You look up and keep your fingers crossed.To be released in the UK early 2015, 'Forever Maybe' is Hanne’s fourth album in four years, and there are more doors open to different genres than before. However, there are still airy vocals, soaring under the canvas ceiling, and still it sounds like something coming directly out of nature. After all, that is where she belongs.
She drew a full tent crowd at
Øya this summer; her show was given 6 out of 6 by national radio station NRK P3. Hanne's last two albums were both nominated for Best Pop Album at theSpellemannsprisen music awards, whereas the previous record, 'Stillness And Panic', received rave reviews internationally from The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Q.
Listen to Hanne's latest single, the uplifting 'We Don't See Ourselves':
Following a stunning set at
Berlin Music Week, Ja Ja Ja welcomes new Danish noise-pop bandLowly to London for their debut UK show this October. Signed to One Little Indian imprint, Win-Win Records, Lowly’s recent debut single 'Daydreamers' picked up several plays on Lauren Laverne’s ‘Recommended’ show and served as an excellent introduction to the band’s restless, rousing pop. All characterized by Nanna Schannong and Soffie Viemose’s lead vocals, typically sung in unison adding to the chorus’y psych vibe.
Arhus, Denmark, Lowly only formed at the start of 2014 – although the 5 members had been eyeing each other’s talents for some time before finally joining forces. “We all respected and admired each other’s music a lot before actually playing together,” say the band. “Maybe there was a fear of ruining something already great, but when we finally did it, it turned out that we could make something together we couldn’t have done alone. And, relying on that, we’ve created music totally new to us all. The energy of these songs comes from our rehearsals, not from a lot of postproduction. We want people to be able to feel the inspiration and curiosity on the record. We really hope that comes across."
Nanna Schannong (vocals, guitar) and Soffie Viemose (vocals,laptop), Kasper Staub (synthesizers), Thomas Lund (bass + Moog) and Steffen Lundtoft (drums and percussion).
Watch the suitably euphoric video for debut single 'Daydreamers':
About Ja Ja Ja
Founded in 2009,
Ja Ja Ja is the definitive Nordic website, club night and festival celebrating the very best new music emerging from Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Denmark. Each month at The Lexington in London, Ja Ja Ja hand-picks the finest emerging talent from the Nordic countries, making sure that only the best music is filtered through to your ears. Ja Ja Ja is brought to you in association with The Line of Best Fit and Record of the Day.
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