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A Short Conversation with PAGE

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Alison and Vince, Annie and Dave, Karin and Olaf… and to that list of trailblazing female / male electronic duos can be added Marina and Eddie.

PAGE have had a loyal cult following back home in Sweden since their 1983 debut single ‘Dansande Man’. 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. In some territories though, PAGE 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 DEPECHE MODE tribute compilation ‘Sometimes I Wish I Was Famous’, both released on Energy Rekords.

As well as PAGE, Bengtsson had his ongoing solo mission SISTA MANNEN PÅ JORDEN and found fame with as one of the crew in S.P.O.C.K, while Schiptjenko joined Alexander Bard from ARMY OF LOVERS in VACUUM and then BWO.

PAGE’s most recent trilogy of albums ‘Nu’, ‘Hemma’ and ‘Det Är Ingen Vacker Värld Men Det Råkar Vara Så Det Ser Ut’ have affirmed their position as one of the Nordic region’s leading electronic pop pioneers.

But deep inside his pysche, Eddie Bengtsson has always been something of a Numanoid and the new ‘Start’ EP sees PAGE going the full machine music hog with the ultimate homage to the imperial years of the man born Gary Anthony James Webb.

With the news of a live return to London for PAGE in September alongside RATIONAL YOUTH + PSYCHE, Eddie Bengtsson spoke about space and the synthesizer frontier…

Space travel and Sci-Fi has always been an interest for you but what came first, this or music?

Sci-Fi came first, if we are talking electronic music. Science Fiction got me in to early electronic music. Early electronic music, like French Space-Disco and stuff sounded like Sci-Fi and the future to me. If we not talking electronic music, then it was music that came in to my life before sci-fi. I grew up during Glam&Glitter, so there is where my “musical roots” are, and you can hear that pretty often listening to PAGE.

Glam Rock has been a key influence in PAGE and you’ve even covered ‘Coz I Luv U’ by SLADE, is this an under-appreciated era of music?

I think it is an under-appreciated era of music amongst lovers of electronic music at least.

Many Glam bands were early using synthesizers in their songs like THE SWEET and CHICORY TIP.

Did you grow up watching Gerry Anderson TV shows like ‘Thunderbirds’, ‘Joe 90’ and ‘Captain Scarlet’? The associated craft and vehicles were brilliant…

Swedish TV didn’t show an early Gerry Anderson, like ‘Stingray’, ‘Thunderbirds’, ‘Captain Scarlet’ or ‘UFO’ The first series they showed was ‘Space: 1999’, and then only 10 episodes, the episodes that the Swedish National TV thought was suitable for the Swedish audience!

So ‘UFO’ or ‘Space: 1999’?

If I have to choose, then it’s ‘Space: 1999’, but ‘UFO’ comes second on my list of best Gerry Anderson shows.

The ‘Start’ EP parties like it’s 1979, discuss! 😉

Well, I have listened to early electronic pop in the last few years. I made a “list” of what I still love and what still inspires me.

I came to the conclusion that there are around nine or so albums that still sounds as cool and fresh as it did then, around 1978 – 1980. Electronic pop music (and New Wave) doesn’t sound like that anymore, and I wanted to. The artists that are still around are way off the track from what I loved about them.

So, I kinda tried to sound like I wish they still did, or did for more than one or two albums. It’s a silly thing to say, but I think I “found home”.

How important has GARY NUMAN been to you musically?

Lately, alot! Those three albums ‘Replicas’, ‘The Pleasure Principle’ and ‘Telekon’ are three of the best New Wave / electronic pop albums ever made. There also on my list of best albums ever. I think when they came out, that I didn’t really appreciate them for what they were. There was so much other stuff around, so I didn’t have the time to really LISTEN to them thoroughly. Right before our latest full length CD, I would listen to those three albums alot (and still do) and I discovered so much. Wonderful and perfect albums (and music).

The releases that came from GARY NUMAN after ‘Telekon’, starting with ‘Dance’ and then ‘Warriors’, I bought them when they came out but, they were really really bad. Gone was all the magic, the sound, the quality, everything. Last year when I sold most of my electronic vinyl collection, those two albums was not keepers. Actually, I had them on CD too and I threw them away. I don’t want to keep albums that I don’t like or have any connection to.

I like to remember Numan as he was, the music he made and how he looked (coolness), therefore I try to shut his new stuff out and therefore I didn’t go to his show when he played here is Sweden. That would have ruined the magic for me. Still… I do respect him as a musician and respect him for that he has fought hard and is still “going strong”.

You covered ‘Tracks’ in Swedish as ‘Spår’ and did a Numan tribute on ‘Utanför’ for your most recent album ‘Det Är Ingen Vacker Värld Men Det Råkar Vara Så Det Ser Ut’? What tricks did you use to pay homage to this imperial Numan sound?

Whenever I buy a new synth (though I have stopped doing that now, I bought probably my last one this Spring), one of the first things that I do is to “Numanize” it.

That means, that I listen to my favourite Numan tracks and try to make those sounds with my new synth. And later on, those are the sounds I use with PAGE.

I also listen to the production, the layers, the drums, the stereo panning, the harmonies. All that stuff fills me with inspiration. Then I mix that with the usual Eddie B touch… *laughs*

‘Stör Ej’ borrows from ‘Love Needs No Disguise’ which Numan did with his former backing band DRAMATIS for their ‘For Future Reference’ album. Were they an under rated band to you?

Oh yeah. DRAMATIS was very underrated. I think they contributed alot to Numan’s sound and arrangement on those three classic albums. And if you listen to ‘Dance’, it seems like that truth. GARY NUMAN, DRAMATIS, CUDDLY TOYS and ZAINE GRIFF are my absolute favourites and the greatest of inspiration sources.

‘Nere För Räkning’ exposes more of an ULTRAVOX influence, although you have been here before with ‘Allt Är Klart’ as SISTA MANNEN PÅ JORDEN? How did this track come together?

Simple answer, I wanted to something that sounded like ULTRAVOX’s ‘Alles Klar’. Christer Hermodsson (the other part of SMPJ) is a big ULTRAVOX fan and really did a good work on that production and the solo.

With ‘Nere För Räkning’ , I don’t know really. Maybe I tried to mix ULTRAVOX and Numan there. But I don’t think the ULTRAVOX influence was intentional.

The Italo-styled remix of ‘Krasch’ by APOPTYGMA BERZERK is on paper unexpected but also simultaneously quite obvious… how did this union come about?

I never cared about APOPTYGMA BERZERK, because I knew what it was. Hard Electronica, stuff that I didn’t relate to at all. That was until… I got their latest album ‘Exit Popularity Contest’ from my friend and APOP-involvee Per Axel Lundgreen. He gave it to me and said that should listen to it, because I might like it. And I was all “yeah right!”. What I later on heard in my car going home, totally blew me away! Wonderful electronic music and nothing at all like as had expected. It was electronic music that sounded if it was made in the early 70s and something that JEAN-MICHEL JARRE would sell his soul for to be able to do today. It was obviously heavy inspired by, in my opinion, French early electronic music.

I just felt I had to write down and publish (on Facebook) my feelings about that record and it became in a sense a review of the album. Both Per Axel and Stephan Groth of APOP saw the “review” and from there on, contact was made. Stephan and I both realised that we have alot in common when it comes to preferences when it comes to electronic music. And, maybe there will come more out of this new friendship…

So how would you like PAGE to be described? Is it synthpop or is it poptronica or what?

I would say as I always do and have always done; PAGE is electronic pop music. But you can also call it poptronica if you want.

“Synthpop”, I don’t really know what that should be. Pop made on synthesizers? If so then that genre is huge. Because most commercial contemporary pop music today is made solely using synthesizers.

What do you make of this Synth Wave thing coming out of North America in the wake of ‘Drive’?

I don’t know anything about that at all.

The first and last time PAGE played live in London was 2014, how are plans coming together for a return?

There are plans. We are coming in September!

Photo by Simon Helm

How do you think PAGE have developed musically since the early days and then your comeback with ‘Nu’ in 2010, particularly in the creative dynamic between you and Marina?

I think the music has become less naive, both music wise and lyrics wise. I have grown older and that reflects in the music of course. I have also narrowed in what I do love about electronic music (and pseudo-electronic music) and with that has evolved the sound and the style of PAGE’s music.

Still, there is the element that people recognise and like. It’s not that we have changed altogether like most bands do. Marina does what she always has done, she is my creative feedback giver. She has always given me good honest feedback to the music and always given me advice on things musically.

Was there ever any likelihood that PAGE could have become more of a pseudo-rock band like DEPECHE MODE did?

No. We found our roots, evolved, grew up and matured right from the start (well, almost at least…)

You worked with MY GOD DAMN TERRITORY and transformed them into an electronic pop act?

Yeah, that was fun! They was originally something totally different. In start it was more like a “just for fun” thing when I made a redux of one of their songs.

But they liked it so much so, we continued the collaboration and it became what it is; Sweden’s coolest indietronica act. I still do reduxes for them and soon there will be a new single released.

You have started a project THE VOLT with Ulrika Mild aka COMPUTE, how is this progressing and can we expect an EP or album soon?

We did a follow-up to the single, but I think it’s temporarily (I hope) stuck in production “somewhere”.

Referencing ‘Lyssnade På Min Radio’ from the 2013 PAGE album ‘Hemma’, “They don’t play good songs on the radio anymore…”, do we need radio anymore or are streaming playlists the way to go?

Well, I Iike radio, just not the music that the huge stations play. Radio is good, because many people are hearing the same thing at the same time and that’s nice. There is always the joy in knowing that it’s not just you hearing this right now. But, maybe I’m old-fashioned and people today don’t think that way anymore. Everybody is an individualist, or like to think they are. Because what they have on their playlist is just what everybody else have on theirs, it’s just that they don’t hear it at the same time. Maybe I’m exaggerating here I don’t know, but that’s the way I feel that it is.


ELECTRICITYCLUB.CO.UK gives its grateful thanks to Eddie Bengtsson

‘Start’ is released by Energy Rekords as a limited edition CD, available direct from https://hotstuff.se/cdm-page-start-ep-digipack-limited-edition-300-copies/68573

PAGE, RATIONAL YOUTH + PSYCHE will play ‘Non Stop Electronic Cabaret’ on Saturday 29th September 2018 at The Islington in London. Presented by Cold War Night Life – tickets available from https://billetto.co.uk/e/non-stop-electronic-cabaret-with-rational-youth-page-and-psyche-tickets-300983

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Text and Interview by Chi Ming Lai
23rd July 2018

PAGE Start EP

The Count and Countess of Swedish electronic pop are back-back-BACK!

Eddie Bengtsson and Marina Schiptjenko initially came together in PAGE as far back as 1980, releasing their first single ‘Dansande Man’ in 1983. Since then, the pair have parted and reunited on a number of occasions although both continued to make sine waves at home and internationally.

Bengtsson had his ongoing solo mission SISTA MANNEN PÅ JORDEN but found fame with S.P.O.C.K while Schiptjenko joined Alexander Bard from ARMY OF LOVERS in VACUUM and then BWO.

More recently as PAGE, the pair released an enjoyable trilogy of albums ‘Nu’, ‘Hemma’ and ‘Det Är Ingen Vacker Värld Men Det Råkar Vara Så Det Ser Ut’ which have affirmed their position as one of Sweden’s leading electronic pop pioneers.

Their latest EP ‘Start’ comprises of three new songs plus a remix by Norwegian EBM trailblazers APOPTYGMA BERZERK. Having already covered GARY NUMAN’s ‘Tracks’ in Swedish as ‘Spår’ and paid an initial Numanoid tribute on ‘Utanför’ for ‘Det Är Ingen Vacker Värld Men Det Råkar Vara Så Det Ser Ut’, PAGE have gone the full hog with the ultimate homage to the imperial years of the man born Gary Anthony James Webb.

The appropriately named ‘Start’ remembers a time before ‘Dance’ ever happened with buzzing Minimoog basslines and swirling Polymoog strings coming over like a mash-up of ‘Tracks’ and ‘Metal’. Yes, there are machine music overtures but there is melody too, a skilful trait often forgotten with vintage Numan.

Photo by Simon Helm

‘Stör Ej’ goes a step further and as well as borrowing from ‘This Wreckage’, it actually samples the Compurhythm pattern from ‘Love Needs No Disguise’ halfway through. But despite the familiar aesthetics, this is a song that stands up on its own with a fabulous retro-futuristic tone.

Best of all though is ‘Nere För Räkning’, an urgent slice of pulsing synthrock with a piercing vibratoed lead line akin to the keyboard acrobatics of Billy Currie from ULTRAVOX who was part of the Numan band for the UK leg of ‘The Touring Principle’.

Assisted by Per Aksel Lundgreen, Stephan Groth of APOPTYGMA BERZERK provides a redux of ‘Krasch’ from ‘Det Är Ingen Vacker Värld Men Det Råkar Vara Så Det Ser Ut’. Now while the union with PAGE may seem unlikely, APop’s most recent long player ‘Exit Popularity Contest’ was a wonderful instrumental retreat into the territory of JEAN-MICHEL JARRE and NEU! It showed that Groth had as much of a sweet ear for electronic melody as PAGE, even if it was usually hidden by noise and aggression. With an Italo-derived octave shift bassline replacing the more rigid structure of the album version, APOPTYGMA BERZERK’s rework greatly improves on the original.

Yes, this EP does party like it’s 1979, but that familiarity helps it to possibly be one of PAGE’s most immediate and accessible bodies of work in their long career. If you have never checked out the work of Eddie Bengtsson and Marina Schiptjenko before, then this release is no better way to start…


‘Start’ is released by Energy Rekords as a limited edition CD, available direct from https://hotstuff.se/cdm-page-start-ep-digipack-limited-edition-300-copies/68573

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Text by Chi Ming Lai
27th June 2018

PAGE Det Är Ingen Vacker Värld Men Det Råkar Vara Så Det Ser Ut

Formed in 1980 in Sweden by Eddie Bengtsson and Marina Schiptjenko, PAGE marked the entry point of synthpop into the Nordic country, leading to decades of producing the best pop acts in Europe.

Quickly influencing the masses and creating a cult following, the group released numerous singles before finally the first album in 1991; they have been active on and off since then. Returning with their new album ‘Det Är Ingen Vacker Värld Men Det Råkar Vara Så Det Ser Ut’, which translates as “There’s No Beautiful World But It Happens To Look Like That”, the veteran boy / girl combo ensure that they are still very valid, even 37 years on.

‘Det Är Ingen Vacker Värld Men Det Råkar Vara Så Det Ser Ut’ promises its building blocks are based on a “classic pop concept”, and the opening ‘Krasch’ certainly fits the analogue blueprint of the Swedish essence. ‘Spottar Långt’ carries on the idea of simple, yet wholesome electronic noise, while ‘Lågger Av’ speeds everything up.

‘Sånt Som Inte Går’ introduces the feel of underground synth with an alternative sound, at times reminiscent of the works of GARY NUMAN. Talking of Numan, his ‘Tracks’, translated into Swedish ‘Spår’, finds its way onto the opus, as well as now soiled glam classic ‘Hello Hello I’m Back Again’ in the form of ‘Så Skönt Att Va Här’.

‘Låt Det Gå’ melodiously invites to the classic disco meets with extravagant synth while ‘För Någon’ rocks grit-tingly onto ‘Tid För En Kyss’, originally released in 2015. ‘Det Var Ingenting’ tells us that “it was nothing” with busy sequences and droning repetitive rhythms. The only track performed in English is ‘I Know You Know’, which closes the outing with the additional dose of ear friendly synthpop and a positive dose of dancebility.

PAGE are back with an album which will take you back to the classic years of synth with a twist. If Swedish is one of the languages you speak, you will understand the reflection on the things going on in today’s world. If not, you will revel in the classic signature sound of PAGE.

Not for everyone, this is a good, alternative take on synthpop, clearly very sought after since 1980.


‘Det Är Ingen Vacker Värld Men Det Råkar Vara Så Det Ser Ut’ is released by Energy Rekords as a CD with bonus tracks and vinyl LP, available from http://hotstuff.se/page/x-7640

PAGE perform at Electronic Summer 2017 in Gothenburg on Saturday 2nd September, details at http://electronicsummer.se/

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Text by Monika Izabela Trigwell
1st July 2017

PAGE Interview

The synthpop duo PAGE go back over 30 years to when they first formed back in Malmö, Sweden.

The band nowadays consists of the two original band members Eddie Bengtsson (also known from bands such as S.P.O.C.K and SISTA MANNEN PÅ JORDEN and THIS FISH NEEDS A BIKE) and Marina Schiptjenko (from BWO, VACUUM and more recently JULIAN & MARINA).

PAGE hold a special cult status in Sweden as the first and greatest synthpop band in the country with a loyal fanbase.

The first single ‘Dansande Man’ (‘Dancing Man’) was released in 1983. All-in-all, there have so far been eight CDs released by the band with a variety of line-ups but always with Eddie Bengtsson in the centre. They played a farewell gig in 2000 but Eddie and Marina reunited back in 2010. Their latest album, ‘Hemma’ (‘At Home’) released in August 2013, was very much welcomed by the fans and includes some really brilliant pop songs.

PAGE will be playing in London on SUNDAY 9TH MARCH 2014 at ‘An Evening With The Swedish Synth’ hosted by Nordic friendly music blog Cold War Night Life. It will be their first ever gig outside of Sweden. Don’t miss out on this great event… you won’t regret going 😉

ELECTRICITYCLUB.CO.UK spoke with Eddie Bengtsson from PAGE about the duo’s upcoming shows and debut UK gig…

First of all congratulations for the upcoming gig in London in March…

Thank you very much

Your album ‘Hemma’ got a warm welcome from your fans and also some really nice reviews from Swedish and international critics. Was it a difficult album to make?

I would not say that it was difficult. I was in a productive phase and I had more time than I was used to have when working on an album.

But, on the other side, it becomes more and more difficult, in a way to write songs, because of the fear of repeating yourself lyric wise and music wise.

‘Hemma’ sounds so right in 2013 and yet still so much like PAGE. Has time and music finally caught up with you?

Time caught up with us right from the start. We got it like we wanted it to be (in a way) from the start, and never saw any reason to change that concept. We stayed pretty much the same with how we wanted to sound. And things / style / time around us changed, and looped back to where we were. And now were kind of ‘right’ again I suppose.

How do you feel that you have developed since your last album ‘Nu’ (‘Now’) from 2010? Any major differences between your two last albums ‘Nu’ and ‘Hemma’?

One major difference is, as I mentioned, that the time I had with the songs was more that I was used to. With ‘Nu’, my goal was to write 10 songs quickly and stop at that.

With ‘Hemma’, there was no pressure and I had lots of time and I didn’t stop at 10 songs, I just continued on writing. So with ‘Hemma’ we actually had about 20 songs to choose from. I also had a much clearer idea about what I wanted it to sound like.

You did ‘Hemma’ with producer Håkan Hultberg who you had never worked with before. What input did he have on the sound of the album?

With Håkan, as with other ‘producers’ that I worked with, I never really allow them to get into a producing role. It wouldn’t be PAGE if I did that. Me and Marina are pretty sure that the only ones who knows how PAGE should sound is ourselves. A producer working with PAGE takes on a more guiding and helping (technically) role when working with the music. I’m always open for input, but always decide myself if it’s good or bad. What we do need when we record is a damn good sound engineer and a person with a good musical taste. I would say that Håkan was very much both!

Marina lives in Stockholm and you live in Helsingborg nowadays, two different parts of Sweden. What does the working progress looks like for PAGE when making music? What comes first, music or the lyrics?

Lyrics are the hardest, and always was. Therefore I always do those last and let the music set the mood for the lyrics, instead of vice versa.

What are the major differences in making an album now compared to say when you did ‘Hallå! (Var tog månbåsen vägen?)’ (‘Hello! (Where did the moon base go?)’ ) 20 years ago?

Technically it’s a bit different, because we have modern times now and equipment changes. Artistically, it’s pretty much the same. I have to say though that I have stagnated a bit when it comes to working with technology! I’ve found a way, a form and equipment that suits me and I don’t really see any need to ‘upgrade’ my music program. I’m pretty much fine with my buggy old Cubase (and that’s a bit of a lie).

You’ve done some covers over the years, for example a cover of OMD’s ‘Electricity’ for the ‘To Cut A Long Story Short’ compilation and ‘Dreaming Of Me’ for the ‘Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead’ DM tribute album. How does it feel to be playing in the UK at last?

To play outside Sweden with PAGE is a totally new thing, we’ve never done that before. To go from nowhere (outside Sweden) to play in UK as a ‘premiere’ act is unbelievable! This is going to be fantastic! And I do hope that people will go and see / hear this, because this could be once in a lifetime.

Your songs are sung in Swedish but when playing in London, will you be performing them in Swedish or English or will there be some kind of a combination to break the language barriers?

We will be doing them in Swedish. And there are two reasons for that. One, I haven’t got the time to write and learn new lyrics. And second, and most importantly, PAGE should be heard in Swedish, no matter where you come from or wherever we play… wouldn’t be PAGE if we changed that. And speaking of which, I don’t think there’s going to be a problem because the music in itself is strong enough to break any language barriers. And, really! How often do you really hear what bands are singing, either in English or Swedish, at a concert anyway. Saying that, I would lie if I said that our lyrics aren’t important, because they are. I think PAGE’s lyrics are is a strong factor in our ‘popularity’.

Has it always been an easy choice for you to sing in Swedish?

Yes, it felt natural from the start. It was harder, but I felt more natural. A bit of a trap though, because I feel it’s easier to hide bad lyrics using English words, because English sounds pretty cool, whatever you sing.

Who were your fave UK synthpop acts back in the day?

If ‘synthpop’ means fave electronic pop acts, then I would say; early GARY NUMAN, JOHN FOXX, OMD and THE HUMAN LEAGUE. Those acts and their early records are just outstanding and totally timeless. Those are the only electronic pop-artists that deserve a place in my iPhone.

How have they inspired you and put influences on your music?

Yes, by doing what they did then and for sounding so perfect when it comes to electronic pop music. And by looking so good and having such a cool attitude then.

What kind of music inspires you today when making music?

I would say those above mentioned artists. And of course music from all the genres that I like and love; 70s glam, 70s Spacedisco and 70s punk. That’s how I try to think when writing music for PAGE, trying to get a little bit of all that in to what PAGE do.

Are there any new artists or bands from the UK that you like?

I like to think that I’m pretty updated when it comes to new music and there are a lot of artists that I like, and mostly indie and indietronica acts. The best group emerged in the 21st Century is MIRRORS, a wonderful act, a group that has now sadly split. What they did was perfect.

Some other good modern electronic groups are: MACINTOSH BRAUN, THE BLACK & WHITE YEARS, ASTREETLIGHTSONG. But also pop/rock acts like KAISER CHIEFS, KASABIAN and THE HEAVY. So my taste is pretty diverse. One thing that makes it all fit together, are all these bands’ sense for good melodies.

2013 was a really interesting year when it comes to electronic music. Do you have any personal favourite albums and live acts to pick from this year?

This year? Were there any? I can’t recall anything that caught my ear/eyes.

PAGE have been playing live on different occasions now for the last 30 years. How important is the audience? Has it changed much over the last years?

Well it changed in some way, that the audience is a bit older, just as we are. But nicely enough, there IS a new audience as well. And audience is very important! If we can make them happy, then it makes us happy. And if they support me when I’m singing, then it’s even better.

What are your plans for this spring and summer? Any more gigs planned outside of Sweden?

We play in Malmö the weekend just prior to London. Apart from that there are going to be a couple more shows in Sweden before summer, and hopefully a return to London coming fall.

I really liked your remix of the ROBERT MARLOW song ‘The Future’ which you did last year. Do you have anything more planned with Mr Marlow or any other artists?

No, we don’t have anything planned. But a nice thing would be, for me to arrange / produce a full album of ROBERT MARLOW. I’m also very pleased of the remix result of ‘The Future’. That sound fitted that song pretty well, I think. And I hope Robert thought that to.

Who came up with the ideas for the video to ‘Som Ett Skal’ (‘Like A Shell’)? Where did the drummer come from?

I told Mark (the producer of the video) I wanted a drummer in there, and he made it happen. In fact he put two in there! The style of video I got from those 70s videos that I liked very much, and I wanted ours to be almost a pastiche / tribute to that.

You’ll be supported by two other Swedish bands when playing in London; MACHINISTA and TRAIN TO SPAIN. Please tell the English readers a little about these bands.

I’m not so familiar with TRAIN TO SPAIN but I’ve heard some songs from them and they were good. The guys in MACHINISTA I know personally and what they do, I like very much. A great combination of nice tunes and a darn good voice, don’t miss them in London.

What are your expectations for the London gig?

I really don’t know what to expect. I do hope though that people will come and see us and that they will enjoy it. And that they will help spread the word of who we are and the music we make.

Some quick questions… English pint of beer or Swedish stor stark?

American Budweiser

Singing in English or Swedish?

Guess, Swedish

Driving on the left side or the right side?

Left side? Does anyone? (right side is the right side, you hear it)

Arsenal or Helsingborgs IF?

I would say Chelsea… or Arsenal, if I must choose.

Tea or coffee?

Tea, absolutely!

Good luck in England…

Thanks a lot


ELECTRICITYCLUB.CO.UK give its warmest thanks to Eddie Bengtsson

Additional thanks to Simon Helm at Cold War Night Life

‘An Evening With The Swedish Synth’ featuring PAGE, MACHINISTA and TRAIN TO SPAIN takes place on SUNDAY 9TH MARCH 2014 at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6QL London.

‘Hemma’ is released by Wonderland Records on CD and download. It can also be purchased as a download from http://whorehero.bandcamp.com/album/hemma

You can read more about PAGE and their earlier releases at: http://synthpop.se/page/

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Text and Interview by Sophie Nilsson
13th February 2014

PAGE Hemma

The Swedish synthpop band PAGE have a long history in making music and have a cult following at home in Sweden.

In parts of Europe, they are known for a particularly impressive version of OMD’s ‘Electricity’ for the 1995 synth covers tribute album ‘To Cut A Long Story Short’ that also featured ELEGANT MACHINERY and ATTRITION.

The two band members Eddie Bengtsson and Marina Schiptjenko first started playing together in 1980 and released their self titled debut album in 1991. But they have also been involved in other musical constellations

Bengtsson was in S.P.O.C.K. and SISTA MANNEN PÅ JORDEN (Last Man On Earth) while Schiptjenko has been involved in BWO, VACUUM and more recently JULIAN & MARINA. They made a comeback with their last album ‘Nu'< (Now) in 2010 and are now back together again making new fresh tunes as PAGE. ‘Hemma’ contains of 11 songs and one remix. The sound is very much familiar and PAGE like but yet so fresh and up to date. There are also a lot of influences from schaffel to disco.

On ‘Hemma’ (At Home), they have worked with the producer Håkan Hultberg to enhance the sound. It is electrodisco, glam rock, synthpop and electronica all in a pleasant and genial mix! There are both songs with a darker side along with the happy sounding songs which that combine into a great mixture. Some of the songs have catchy tunes and choruses that really stick in a positive way. All the songs have been written by the singer Bengtsson and the first single ‘Som Ett Skal’ (Like a shell) is a naked and bare song with lots of emotions but yet simple in structure.

The songs are about reflections from daily life, thoughts about love, lust and how different things are these days compared from back when we were all young.

PAGE 2013‘Lyssnade På Min Radio’ (Listened To My Radio) for example starts with a burst of THE SEX PISTOLS ‘Holidays In The Sun’ before it launches into something quite Vince Clarke! There’s also a song about a girl on a motorbike, ‘Motorcykel-Sussi’ (Motorcycle Susie) that features a lot of the traditional PAGE sound.

This is not a mainstream album at all and will not be played a lot on the radio but it is for sure, it is an album that their fans will keep on playing over and over again. A lot of the songs are destined to become classic live numbers. ‘Hemma’ will not disappoint old PAGE fans, that is a given success!


‘Hemma’ is released by Wonderland Records on CD and download

It can also be purchased as a download from http://whorehero.bandcamp.com/album/hemma

You can read more about PAGE and their earlier releases here: http://synthpop.se/page/

https://www.facebook.com/PageElektroniskPop

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Text by Sophie Nilsson
22nd September 2013

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