I Don’t Speak French
I Don’t Speak French is a Swedish five-piece indie rock band from Växjö formed in 2010. Their sound is reliable at any genre. The band can move from indie rock, to indie pop, or folk with the same ability that swims comfortable at funky or soul styles. With plenty of talent to compose songs, band members are very versatile, playing different roles at another side project, realigning the band to play and create a different music.
Year of Foundation & Band Members
I Don’t Speak French was founded in Växjö (Sweden) in 2010 by
- Håkan “Moberg” Persson – Vocals, Guitar
- Louise Lindenger – Vocals, Synth
- Nathanaël Bartolo – Drums
- Jens Torvaldsson – Guitar, Vocals
- Andreas Bohlin – Bas, Vocals
I Don’t Speak French started as the artistic outlet of a young producer from the south of Sweden, but with addition of friends and musicians it quickly grew into a creative community.
In the one year the band has officially existed, three singles have been released. The first one thru the small Stockholm based record label 100 songs, and the two remaining by the band themselves thru Spinnup. The band record and produce everything themselves in true “DIY” fashion, a whole album is planned and the rest of the songs are just waiting to to be released.
I Don’t Speak French names influences by Foster The People, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Peter, Bjorn and John, and Awolnation. In Octiber 2016, the band released their debut self-title album.
- I Don’t Speak French (2016)
Singles and EP’s
- We Are The People (2013)
- Let It Go (2013)
- It’s OK (2014)
- Intoxicated (2014)
1. How did the band begin?
The band began with me (Håkan), I was studying music production at Linnéuniversitetet and I wanted to do music without any predetermined restrains or restrictions. A couple of songs later I met drummer Peter Turesson and Singer/producer Louise Lindenger, and we really hit it off. We rented a rehearsal space that we converted into a studio and then spent most of the summer recording and writing. After a while we felt we wanted to get out and play some shows, and thats when I called up some friends and former band members and asked if they wanted to be part of the band. Peter later moved away to study in the far north of Sweden but we found an equally talented friend and musician in Nathanaël Bartolo.
2. How would you define the sound of the band?
It’s hard to define, but I guess you could call it “indiepop” or “indierock”. We pretty much do what we feel like in terms of sound. We all come from different musical backgrounds and it helps in creating a “unique” sound.
3. Talk us about your last work.
Our last single “It’s OK”, is a surf-indierock song where we wanted to incorporated our love for 60’s surf music. But also tell a story of the hardship of seeing someone you care for fall down a dark pit with seemingly no end.
4. How are your concerts? What can we find there that we wont find on your studio records?
Me personally, and I think the others would agree, think it’s kind of boring when you go to see a band and it’s just a exact replica of what you hear on the recordings. Live we are a bit more rough and “rock n roll”, we often add guitar solos and longer endings to the songs. Sometimes we play them completely different from the recording, just because.
5. What do you think about the music industry and what do you think is your place within it?
The music industry is a bit old fashion sometimes, it often neglects to see beyond profit and hype. It is also a bit to male dominated, it could use a makeover. But I think and hope there is a place for us somewhere in it, otherwise I’m just happy as long as I can continue doing what I love and hopefully making other people happy in the process.
Music & Videos
Recommended track: It’s OK
Video Playlist ▼
- We are The People
- Hopeless Romantic
This text has been updated (March 2020). The answers to the questions corresponds to the interview that we had with the band in 2014.
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