These Modern Times in February, 2020 – Tom, Johan, Lars, Björn and Kristofer
These Modern Times is a Swedish indie rock band with curiosity to blend genres. The sound is dark, but peaceful. There’s no style loyalty, but there’s definitely an echo of new wave and a nod towards some of the heroes from the 70’s and 80’s independent music scenes.
As the band formed in 2015, it was decided to keep as much freedom as possible over every part of the creative process. Lyrical content and melodies are important to the band, and so are the visuals, which are in strong color with playful patterns. This deliberately contrasts the slight touch of melancholy that runs through music and lyrics.
Images, still or moving, are always around. Initially, used as backdrops during gigs to add an element of theatricality and drama.
– Images are now constantly projected at the studio walls during rehearsals as a way to spur imagination, says Kristofer Arbeus, the band’s keyboard player and art director.
Marc The Shark, DJ at Stockholm’s Rocket 95.3 FM, sees a certain uniqueness to the band’s approach.
– There is a three-dimensionality to the music that is a little different to other performers, especially in smaller venues. You don’t really get that mature approach to a “whole package” very often.
These Modern Times hails from Stockholm, Sweden, and has released two EP’s, “People Lie” and “Pictures Of The Sky”, as well as the stand alone single “Patience”.