Rising star: Peter, Bjorn & John

Rising star: Peter, Bjorn & John

Stockholm trio, Peter Moren, Bjorn Yttling and John Eriksson, have made music together since the late Nineties, but their new album, Writer's Block, is the first to be released in the UK.

First single, 'Young Folks', is a near five-minute odyssey of post-punk drums, Bjorn's whistling, melodic guitars and also features fellow Scandi Victoria Bergsman.

The whistling was a happy accident. 'It was just to show the melody for the vocals,' says drummer John, 'but we liked it, so we kept it.'

DJ Lauren Laverne is impressed. 'Young Folks' was Record of the Week on her XFM show twice in a row. She loves the band's 'ability to make effortless, hermetically sealed pop classics'.

If the band doesn't work out, there are other career options. Bjorn is a successful producer who turned down Bryan Adams ('I said I was busy watching TV'). John plays contemporary classical drums and Peter is training to be a librarian.

Bjorn jokingly describes the band's sound as 'music to be depressed to on the dancefloor.' He's not far wrong. The album title is another joke. 'It's actually the opposite of writer's block,' says Peter. 'We have so many songs, we could do a box set tomorrow.'


Lauren Cochrane

The GuardianTramp

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