After a couple of more experimental, studio-minded albums, the Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John — best known for the 2006 hit “Young Folks” — decided to strip things down for this year’s “Gimme Some.”
“We’d been touring a lot on the last couple of albums, so we thought we’d give people sort of an allusion of what we do live, but on record,” says the group’s Bjorn Yitting. “So we wanted to cut out the pianos and organs and strings and brass bands and all that stuff and just sort of make it like the Nerves or even the Sex Pistols, just guitar, bass and drums.
“We listen to a bit of punk, but it’s more garage-rocklike early Sonics and stuff like that. That’s where we were more headed from on this album.”
But, Yitting adds, a simpler-sounding album does not necessarily mean the music is simple.
“It’s simpler to listen to, but it may not be simpler to produce and record because we’ve got to solve all our problems with just what we have,” he explains. “You can’t really bring in some other people to solve the music or whatever. So it’s a simpler result, maybe, but sometimes it’s harder work for us.”
Peter Bjorn and John and Molly Rankin perform on Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
Send your thoughts and comments to