Interview: Jesper Anderberg of The Sounds (New Album: Things We Do for Love)

The Sounds (Photo courtesy Reybee Inc.)

The Sounds burst out of Sweden in 2002 with Living in America, blowing us away with fantastic new wave. The five-member band, fronted by Maja Ivarsson, then became the toast of the town with their hip second record, Dying to Say This to You.

Over the past 20 years, The Sounds have remained very busy while maintaining a consistent lineup. Key to that lineup is Jesper Anderberg, keyboardist, pianist, and guitar player — a versatile contributor and a thoughtful presence during The Sounds’ kinetic performances.

Mickey McCarter of Parklife DC caught up with Jesper to chat about Things We Do For Love, the upcoming sixth full-length album by The Sounds, scheduled for release on June 12, and about what he’s been up to the past few years.

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Livestream Preview: The Sounds @ Facebook Live, 4/17/20

The Sounds (Photo courtesy Reybee Inc.)

Swedish indie-rockers The Sounds will perform a free “Safe and Sound” concert which will be broadcast LIVE from the premier local venue The KB in their hometown of Malmö, Sweden on Friday, April 17. The show broadcasts across a number of social media platforms, including The Sounds’ own Facebook page.

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Snapshots: Parklife DC More Best Pictures of 2016

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As we wrap up 2016 here at Parklife DC, we looked back on our best concert photos of the year, where reviewed our 10 (actually 11) favorite photos on our blog.

But while Paivi and Kristie considerably brightened up our blog with their pictures, Theresa C. Sanchez and myself also have been out there photographing some concerts. So now we are rounding up the best of the rest to present some cool photos that Theresa and I captured over the year as well.

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Music Park: Parklife DC Top 10 Concerts of 2016 by Mickey

CHVRCHES 008 Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches sings at Echostage on Oct. 17, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

I’ll confess that I’m a man whose taste in music is readily apparent. If you have new wave tunes to play, particularly from 1976-86, I’m going to show up and listen to them. That said, a number of incredible legacy new wave bands happened to travel through the DC metro area over the past year, and I took the opportunity to review them for our humble blog.

That said, a number of younger bands definitely broke through and seized my attention, most notably Canada’s Operators, who were the most exciting new band I’ve seen in some time. As with Operators, many of the best performances I witnessed in 2016 came from bands whose leaders are among the Masters of Synthpop, and so I have dedicated a postscript of really great synthpop shows that may have “missed” the top 10 but otherwise deserve a lot of applause.

Check out my top 10 list of concerts I saw for Parklife DC. (Click on the concert slugline to revisit the full review.)

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Music Park: My Jerusalem @ 9:30 Club — 11/28/16

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Jeff Klein of My Jerusalem performs at the 9:30 Club on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

My Jerusalem kicked off a short set with a bluesy guitar rock number “Young Leather” from their new album, A Little Death, on Monday at the 9:30 Club.

It is a fine showcase for the rumbling guitar sound of band leader Jeff Klein, who surely plays in a post-punk style but with overtones of Americana and blues. I personally swear I hear some Roy Orbison, an inspiration for My Jerusalem, and occasionally some Bruce Springsteen in the man’s voice.

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Music Park: The Sounds @ 9:30 Club — 11/28/16

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The Sounds impress mightily at the 9:30 Club on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Ten years is a long time, and a lot can change over those years. Just ask Maja Ivarsson, the tough-yet-sexy vocalist for The Sounds. She’s on tour with her two-year-old son right now!

But maybe it’s true that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Ten years ago, Maja looked almost exactly the same when The Sounds toured the United States in support of their breakthrough album, Dying to Say This to You. To mark that achievement a decade ago, The Sounds returned to the 9:30 Club Monday night to perform the entire album and other music to a very full house that gave the Swedish quintet a rapturous reception — as if it were 2006 all over again.

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Don’t Miss: My Jerusalem (Opening for The Sounds) @ 9:30 Club, 11/28/16

My Jerusalem (Photo by Steve Gullick)

The Sounds are touring on the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album Dying to Say This to You, and they are bringing along some exciting openers when they appear at the 9:30 Club on Monday, Nov. 28.

The first of those openers My Jerusalem, a post-punk quartet, hails from Austin. My Jerusalem released their third full-length album, A Little Death, via Razor & Tie in June, and they initially hit the road to tour with Eliot Sumner and the Psychedelic Furs.

The new album garnered critical praise for band founder Jeff Klein and company, with Noisey proclaiming, “It is, as Klein’s music always has been, a dark and tormented affair, but it’s also one infused with black humor as well as an infectious sense of emotional defiance.”

Watch the official music video for “Rabbit Rabbit” from A Little Death by My Jerusalem on YouTube:


Said Jeff in a press release: “We’ve taken great care to make sure the live show presents the new songs with the intense, heady cocktail of romance and violence they deserve. I can’t fucking wait to leave it on the stage every night.”

Jeff has reason to be excited as he has solidified the band’s lineup with Grant Van Amburgh (drums), Kyle Robarge (bass), and Jon Merz (guitar, keys, horns).

Surely, that should convince you to get to the 9:30 Club early for My Jerusalem! And Zipper Club, featuring Lissy Trullie, are along for the ride as well. (Read our preview of Zipper Club.) Tickets are available online.

My Jerusalem
Opening for The Sounds
w/ Zipper Club
9:30 Club
Monday, Nov. 28
Doors @7pm
All ages

Ticket Giveaway: The Sounds @ 9:30 Club, 11/28/16

The Sounds (Photo courtesy Reybee Inc.)

Hands down, the best album of 2006 came from a new wave quintet out of Sweden. The Sounds burst onto the American indie rock scene with their second album, Dying to Say This to You.

Dying to Say This to You won a wide audience for the band’s lead vocalist Maja Ivarsson and her talented bandmates — Félix Rodríguez (guitar), Jesper Anderberg (keyboards, piano, guitar), Johan Bengtsson (bass), and Fredrik Blond (drums). And The Sounds remember well what a great album it was, so they have embarked on a 10th anniversary Dying to Say This to You tour of the United States. That tour stops at the 9:30 Club on Monday, Nov. 28, and you can win tickets to go see the show!

Watch the official music video for “Song with a Mission” from Dying to Say This to You by The Sounds on YouTube:


*Your* mission is to win a pair of tickets to see The Sounds! Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see The Sounds at the 9:30 Club. To win these tickets, leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment, but we would like to hear your favorite song by The Sounds.

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Friday, and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours, or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

If you don’t win, tickets are available online.

The Sounds
w/ Zipper Club, My Jerusalem
9:30 Club
Monday, Nov. 28
Doors @7pm
All ages


Don’t Miss: Zipper Club (Opening for The Sounds) @ 9:30 Club, 11/28/16

Zipper ClubZipper Club (Photo from Zipper Club FB)

The Sounds return to the 9:30 Club on November 28th bringing along two openers!

One opener you’ll definitely want to catch is Zipper Club. They are a new band out of Los Angeles made up of Mason James (guitar) of Cerebral Ballzy, Damar Davis (drums) and fronted by musician and model Lissy Trullie.

Their sound is as infectious as The Sounds, where Lissy’s voice and the synth-laden beats make a perfect fit as an opener.

The first single, “Going the Distance”, has done well on Billboard’s Alternative Songs Chart. It is instantly danceable and a song you will put on repeat until your music delivery system breaks down.

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They are working on their debut album with producer James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), so be on the look out.

We know you can’t wait to catch The Sounds perform live, but now make sure you get to the 9:30 Club with enough time to witness Zipper Club. Good exercise after the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Tickets are available and can be found here.

Zipper Club (Opening for The Sounds)
w/ My Jeruselem
9:30 Club
Monday, November 28
Doors 7:00pm
All ages