Nordic friendly electronic music blog Cold War Night Life will be presenting an evening of stylish Scandinavian electronic pop at London’s 93 Feet East on SUNDAY 9TH MARCH 2014. Headlining will be PAGE, one of Sweden’s original and best synthpop artists, for their first ever UK show. Special guests will be the acclaimed combos MACHINISTA and TRAIN TO SPAIN.
PAGE have a loyal cult following back home. In some parts of Europe though, they are best known for a version of OMD’s Electricity’ from the 1995 synth covers album ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’and their take on ‘Dreaming Of Me’ for the Swedish DEPECHE MODE tribute compilation ‘Sometimes Wish I Was Famous’, both released on Energy Rekords. The duo of Eddie Bengtsson and Marina Schiptjenko released their self titled debut album in 1992 while their final first phase release ‘Helt Nära’ came out in 1998.
But over the years, the pair have been busy with other projects; Bengtsson was in S.P.O.C.K. and SISTA MANNEN PÅ JORDEN while Schiptjenko was a member of BWO, VACUUM and more recently, JULIAN & MARINA. PAGE returned in 2010 with ‘Nu’and released their new long player ‘Hemma’ last Autumn. The Electricity Club’s Sophie Nilsson described PAGE’s ‘Hemma’ as “fresh and up to date… A lot of the songs are destined to become classic live numbers” while Cold War Night Life themselves said it was “the soundtrack to a good night out”.
MACHINISTA are Richard Flow (ex-VISION TALK) and John Lindqwister (ex-CAT RAPES DOG) whose first labour fruit as a duo was a synth cover of Bowie’s ‘Heroes’. Included in Cold War Nightlife’s Top 10 of 2013, ‘Pushing The Angels Astray’ has a vibrantly immediate melodicism but adds some 6/8 punch. The haunting ‘Love And Hate Song’ takes on the spectre of THE CURE’s almost similarly titled ‘Love Song’ under the guise of KRAFTWERK, but on a journey via The Brothers Grimm. Hotly tipped within the Nordic music scene, MACHINISTA have a debut album on the way.
Named after a lyric from THE HUMAN LEAGUE’s ‘The Things That Dreams Are Made Of’, TRAIN TO SPAIN hail from Gothenburg and comprise of synthmeister Jonas Rasmusson and new-to-the-fold singer Helena Wigeborg. Developing a brand of uptempo, energetic pop with classic synth sounds and driving sequences, Wigeborg’s vocals are sultry yet cooingly vulnerable on ‘Passion’. Meanwhile on ‘All About’, her raspy voice is highly uplifting. It’s therefore not a surprise that TRAIN TO SPAIN’s rather promising and pleasant sound comes over a bit like LANA DEL REY fronting YAZOO.
For between bands entertainment, the Stockholm-based DJ Memorabilia will be on the decks to select his favourite synth classics. ‘An Evening With The Swedish Synth’ is a not-to-be-missed event in 2014’s electronic music calendar.
‘An Evening With The Swedish Synth’ takes place on SINDAY 9TH MARCH 2014 at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6QL London. Doors open at 5.00pm with the first band on at 6.00pm; the event finishes at 10.30pm.
Nearest tube stations are Liverpool Street (Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle lines) and Aldgate East (Hammersmith & City and District lines). There is a direct rail link from Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport.
Tickets can be purchased from: http://www.swedishsynth.com/
Regular event updates can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/632322966827238/
Check out Cold War Night Life’s Top 10 of 2013 featuring PAGE, MACHINISTA and TRAIN TO SPAIN at: http://www.coldwarnightlife.com/
A free download compilation ‘swedish electro vol 2’ featuring songs by MACHINISTA and TRAIN TO SPAIN is available via Bandcamp at: http://swedishelectroscene.bandcamp.com/album/swedish-electro-vol-2
Text by Chi Ming Lai
17th January 2014