With their second album Forever, Swedish band Holograms presents a raw, yet sophisticated take on a post-punk sound. This Saturday they will kick off their international tour with a show in Stockholm, before heading out to Europe and the US. We caught up with the band’s Anton Spetze to learn more about Holograms and Forever.
Made up of Andreas Lagerström on vocals and bass, Anton Strandberg on drums, Anton Spetze on vocals and guitar, and his brother Filip Spetze on synth, the story of Holograms began with a Korg MS 10 synth a few years ago.
– Me and Anton went to the same school and began to play together at the age of sixteen, Anton Spetze says. We got to know Andreas at an underground club for punk and garage, where we used to perform with our old band, and decided to do something together. Andreas had this synth, a Korg MS 10, that became the real trigger. We wanted to play punk with that synth. The sound we had in mind back then was much more straightforward punk than the sound we have now. At first we just made a lot of noise, I guess because we weren’t used to play with a synth, but it wasn’t long until we found the right track.
Do you have specific roles in the band?
– Yes, at least when we’re creating. The songs are written by me and Andreas. We both write songs at home and then bring them to the studio to work on them together.
Where do you take your inspiration from?
– We take most of our inspiration from feelings and experiences. What music you like or listen to definitely informs the way you write, but not on a conscious level. It’s just there, at the back of your mind, flowing through your fingers as you’re writing.
Holograms made their debut with the single ABC City in early 2012, soon to be followed by an eponymous debut album and an extensive international tour. This September they released their second album, Forever, presenting a more mature and cohesive sound, resulting from the band’s aim to capture the feeling of music being played in a church or temple.
– We mostly talked about what sound we wanted the album to have, Anton says. We wanted to attain something monumental, and in that we succeeded, otherwise we wouldn’t have released it.
How have you developed since the debut?
– We’ve become better at playing our instruments, Anton says. It’s hard to say how we’ve developed as persons. We’re all going through changes now, and it will probably take some years before we can look back at this time in an objective way.
Besides their monumental, yet unbridled sound, Holograms also pay close attention to their visual appearance. Their artworks and videos functions as an artistic extension of the band, as made clear in the distorted painting by William Bouguereau decorating the cover of Forever, or the visually stunning, suggestive video accompanying their single Meditations.
– We are creative people, so yes, the visual part is important, Anton says. We pay close attention to our aesthetic expression, wether it has to do with the sound or with the visuals.
What happens next?
– We’re really excited about going on tour. Between the tour in Europe and the one in North America we will also record an EP.