More Songs About Cats in Sweden

photo by Joel Moden

From a recent interview with Gustav Ejstes, leader of psych/folk/prog band Dungen:

“Ejstes at times struggled with his English, and his Swedish accent was quite thick. Even though Dungen sings in Swedish, he said American audiences don’t seem too bothered by the language barrier.

‘I try not to think about too much, especially when we’re playing live, and we’re on tour,’ he said. ‘… When we’re playing live, you get used to the fact that it’s working, and there are people we meet who explain to us that the language is a big part of it, and the barrier is (actually) a plus. For me, it’s very important to write good lyrics, and I put a lot of effort into it. When we play in Sweden, there are people who understand what I’m saying, but lyrically, I think music is so much about making your own stories in songs.

‘People ask me all the time what the songs are about, and I don’t like to tell them. Some people are like, ‘That song must be about my cat!’ and I’ll be like, ‘Yeah, sure, it’s a cat song.’”

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One Comment Add yours

  1. booksnob22 says:

    Love this, great blog. You had me at “cats.”

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