Zekes – Vi Lyfter Igen

Zekes… a bit of Swedish alright!
In 2010 I was at Stockholm Pride and walked past the smaller of the two concert stages in the park (as I did many times over the fours days). On the smaller stage, a lot of individual and dansband performances were held – acts not quite big enough to justify the main stage. Anyway, I noticed this smartly dressed group of young Swedes in a band. Obviously it was a dansband. “And what the hell is a dansband?” you are asking yourself…
 
Well, Wikipedia says…

“Dansband (“dance band”) is a Swedish term for a band that plays dansbandsmusik (“dance band music”). Dansbandsmusik is often danced to in pairs. Jitterbug and foxtrot music are often included in this category. The music is primarily inspired by swing, schlager, country, jazz, and rock. The main influence for rock-oriented bands is the rock music of the 1950s and 1960s.

The terms dansband and dansbandsmusik were coined around 1970, when Swedish popular music developed a signature style. The genre developed primarily inSweden, but has spread to neighbouring countriesDenmark,Norwayand the Swedish speaking regions ofFinland. When the music came toNorwayit was first called “Svensktoppar” (from the Swedish radio music chart Svensktoppen, which was a major arena for dansband music before its rules changed in January 2003).

A dansband often travels by bus, performing several times every week year-round, outdoors in the summertime and indoors in the wintertime. Performances may also be held on a boat.”

I found out later that the dansband playing was ZEKES. The sounded pretty damn good and they looked even better! I stayed for a few numbers and tried to take a few photos but the smoke machine wasn’t appreciated by the digital camera and the shots didn’t turn out.

I hadn’t thought a lot about ZEKES until quite recently when DJ Karl on scandipop.co.uk mentioned them. He loves one of the tracks on their new album called Bullfest. I was more interested in the title track “Vi Lyfter Igen” (We Take Off Again). The band has done a little low-budget clip for the song and I’ve watched it a zillion times since Scandipop featured it. I was happy to discover tonight, thanks to my erstwhile flatmate, Yoda, that the title track and, in fact, the whole album is on Australian iTunes. Thanks to Yoda I now have the single “Vi Lyfter Igen”. 

In coming days I will be ordering the album from Bengans in Sweden. (I much prefer having the physical CD).

Anyway, the whole point of this post is that I’m turning into a ZEKES fan. I’ll need to do that from 17,000km away but, thanks to the internet, I’m sure I can do it.  They have a great sound, they are totally gorgeous – especially lead singer Rickard Carlsson AND they have a logo! Yes, they have their own logo and I always feel more comfortable following groups that have their own logo. It helps that I love the font used for ZEKES logo (I’m a bit of a fontamentalist).

I love a sensible logo!

It is kind of funny that most of the music I’m buying/enjoying is Swedish these days. I guess when the Australian, U.S. and U.K. charts are full of R&B, Hip Hop, Rap and other stuff I absolutely LOATHE, that pretty much seems to leave Sweden. Sweden with its Schlager and Dansband music. I’ve always been a pop slut. I was spending my pocket money on buying singles from age 13 and it has always been about pop for me. It isn’t that easy to find good pop-music today. You can find something that the industry and media call “pop music” but most of the time it is actually R&B, Hip Hop, Rap or some unattractive looking guitar player singing badly about how his girlfriend left him / how he never gets the girl / how no-one understands him etc. etc. Bores me shitless.

ZEKES wouldn’t class themselves as “pop” but their dansband music certainly has a  pop sensibility. Here it is Vi Lyfter Igen – I better play it quietly before my flatmate kills me for bombarding him with it 24/7 recently!

They have a website: zekesband.se – use Chrome and it will translate it into English for you!

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2 Comments

  1. Just a short reminder. We’re getting older now & these guys are really young. Let’s not be thinking about ruining their reputation…or giving them one! ;-))

    • Speak for yourself Freddie, as far as I’m concerned you’re only as old as the person you feel!!!! ;-p


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