Systraskap about fuelling their electronica with political frustration

Feminism, anti racism, electro, an experimental sound and a fair amount of agitation. That’s the recipe for Systraskap’s music. Radar had a chat with the duo about their upcoming full-length debut. 

Sabina Wärme and Amanda Lindgren of duo Systraskap have been making feminism/anti racism infused electro together for about four years. The ingredients are pretty much 50 % politics, 50 % music, and they have quite a hard time figuring out what came first: the thirst to express their beliefs or the wish create sharp electro.
– We wanted to do electronic music and that’s where it started. But I remember us walking towards the place where we were gonna start creating and how we began talking about politics… So the two were very linked from the beginning, Amanda explains and Sabina continues:
– The idea was to make hard, aggressive electronic music, which really matched well with the political frustration we felt at that time.

How long have you been politically active?
Amanda: I’ve always had a political interest, ever since I was really young. I was like in demonstrations when I was only one year old, haha.
Sabina: I wasn’t really introduced to politics that early. It’s more like an interest that started growing in me when I got older.

The music is supposed to be almost like an agitation

Do you see a political awakening happening right now?
– Yes, it has been quite a lot of awareness around these past years with a new wave of activism rising. When we play live we can really feel that engagement from the crowd, a sort of thirst for change.

Systraskap release their debut album My Voice Is My Weapon on Feburary 9th. An inflammatory speech matched with an electronic sound that doesn’t follow any rules.
– The feminism, antiracism and socialism are included in the political theme, and it’s communicated in a very clear way. But the musical sound doesn’t have clear frames; we are very free with our musical expressions, the duo explains.

Would you ever want to make a non-political song, about just getting drunk or something?
Amanda: Haha, well that would be hard for me since I don’t drink! But if I would make non-political song about something else I probably wouldn’t use it for Systraskap.
Sabina: Of course you can make music that’s political without necessarily singing out clear political messages, but Systraskap is about making songs where the political standpoints are super obvious. Our musical expressions are always formed by a political frustration, the music is supposed to be almost like an agitation.

Is it hard having these strong ideological convictions as a band and then still be a part of the music industry, which doesn’t always correspond to your beliefs?
– We’re aware of how we work and we started our own record company in order to do things our own way. We don’t want to be controlled by a capitalist market or have someone tell us what’s a right and what’s a wrong way to make music. But there’s also a point in being a part of an industry that you actually want to chance.

You’ve been compared to The Knife a few times now. How does that feel?
– It’s an honour of course! But at the same time we don’t feel our musical expressions are that similar. We’re both electronic duos making political music, so that’s probably why people make the connection.

What are your plans for 2015?
– We are going on a little spring tour after having released this album and then we’re going to different festivals in the summer. The plan is also to do more stuff abroad.