OEB’s 5 SXSW Q’s – Simian Ghost
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
OEB 2013 SXSW Review
As of today, Swedish indie pop trio Simian Ghost is in the funding stages of their SXSW journey, trying to gather up enough resources to make their first trip overseas in support of 2012’s Youth and Autumn Slowmo EP and maybe even preview some new tracks in the writing stages as the hard working band eyes the next studio project for the end of 2013. Simian Ghost frontman Sebastian Arnstrom took some time away from the pen to check in with OEB last week to discuss “dipping their toes in the water” of pop music, blending electronic and organic instrumentation and some of the artists he is looking forward to catching if they can make the trip to Austin.
While Simian Ghost has a dreamy and ambient nature to your music, there are moments of catchiness that separates you from bands that play in a similar fashion. Is that a conscious decision or do the songs naturally grow that way?
It’s a bit of both I guess. We’ve all been doing less structured music for years, and to us working within the framework of traditional pop music presents an almost bigger challenge than going down that road. It’s what we’re into right now, but I mean, we’re just getting started. What we have done so far is kind of dipping our toes in the water, so to speak.
Your music also merges electronic and organic instrumentation, a relatively new area of exploration within the indie music scene. Is this an area you see yourself as Simian Ghost breaking new ground?
Well I hope we will. I think our next record will be very interesting in that regard. We’re doing some stuff right now that I can’t wait to share with people.
It has been about a year since Youth’s release. Does Simian Ghost have any new music set for 2013 beyond the recently released Autumn Slowmo EP? Any other interesting plans for the year?
We’re going to release a new full length by the end of this year. We’re writing it right now and we’re going to record it starting next week I think. I hope we’ll get some nice gigs too.
Do you have any gigs lined up for SXSW yet? Anything particular you are looking to get out of the trip to Austin this year?
The first thing we need to do is find the money to go really. We have a couple of shows yes and if we get there, I mean, I have never been to the US before. It would be great. Also, I have a huge crush on Paul Rudd, but I doubt we’d be seeing him in Texas though. But anything that brings me closer to Paul, you know.
Have you had a chance to check out the SXSW roster yet? Any artists you are personally looking to catch while gigging through Austin next month?
There are so many bands, I haven’t really had a chance to look through them all. Lots and lots of interesting stuff. I know Action Bronson, Carsick Cars, Toro Y Moi and Youth Lagoon are playing, so we’d check them out for sure.