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SURF PHILOSOPHIES - BANDSTRIBE

Surf Philosophies 3240 0001 3 

Daniel Goody DG

Fredrik Agvard FA

BT) What are the origins of the band?

FA: It all began with a note on the street, nine years ago. My friend Samantha and I were looking for another musician and got one single response. Daniel wrote back that he had a piano and a ping pong table. We played in a band with various constellations and sounds, until we ended up on our own in 2013. 

DG: We ended our last band with a terrible concert, and I realised that I could no longer play in the same band structure that I had grown up with for so many years. I wanted to stop rehearsing in one room and expect to achieve the same playing live in another. I wanted to stop being four dudes on a stage.  I took a lot of what I had seen in theatre and in the club scene and started to make music without caring about the result. To have music as the only goal.

BT) How did you choose this name?

DG: My best friend in the UK Jeremy Greene, always had an amazing concept for the name of a band.  He wanted to call his band ’The Jazz Riot Consortium’. Even though he doesn’t actually play any instruments.  I really enjoyed the idea of loving a band before it existed. Then I read ’Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock n Roll Group’ by Ian Svenonius. In one chapter Ian writes about creating the myth of a band. How desire and belief inform the band and the audience. How A band’s myth is outside of the band, and more important than the reality of the band. Surf Philosophies came from my journeys through France and Spain. Following a kind of  strange made-up pilgrimage. I always thought that the idea of something preceeded the truth.

BT) What issues do you tackle in your lyrics?

FA: Nature, love, squirrels. Existentialism.

DG:  I think a lot of the lyrics and text should be read as questions.  I noticed a lot of language hinges on interpretation. Especially as I am talking with my friends who are now spread across all of Europe. Nothing is really fully communicated in its original form. And maybe that is not the point. Words are one very small part of a conversation. I like that the lyrics move inbetween different intentions. I love saying for instance, Come in in the Feeling. It’s so close to being a mistake grammatically. The real meaning has to be felt and to be believed. I think it’s much easier to understand people if you try and understand what they want to say rather than listen to what they are actually saying.

BT) There are a few bands in particular that inspired you?

FA: Beach Boys, Panda Bear, Beck, Björk.

DG: This is going to be a long list…..The best music I heard recently was my friend Julia Giertz’s performance at Audiorama in Stockholm. A piece called Sound as Touch. I was literally hallucinating. I think I got into Caribou a lot during this record. Dean Blunt,  I also saw Grouper around this time.  I was hanging out in Berlin with my friend Jeuno and her friends Oni Ayhun and Planning To Rock who I also worked with. All these sounds and people were just so important.  I got obsessed with certain details.

BT) Tell us about your live shows

FA: Before every live show I carry a feeling that anything could happen. Literally. I am never sure if the pads on the controller will work, if the computer will shut down or if I will accidentally press the demo song button on my piano. Maybe the audience will just laugh at us. There was a time when I feared this feeling of uncertainty, but in this band I have really learnt to embrace it. This is exactly what I want a live show to be.

BT) What do you think of the Internet as a mean of music distribution?

DG: I love it so much. I came from this period in the 90’s where people spent all their energy making cds. Trying to send off demo tapes(CDs) But I worked in a music store back then and I just saw 1000’s off these fucking things coming in and going back to the distributors again. Either one person buys it or it’s stuck in a box. I like this new unsentimental exchange of music. And I also like that the borders of music are pretty much gone. I love the one legitimate fan in Peru. Thanks to soundcloud or whichever format happens to be engaging for that person.

BT) In particular, what do you think about webzines and magazines as a musical support?

DG: Actually that experience is still kind of new to me.  I try to look at my own habits, (I’m on tumblr a lot) but I really enjoy that there is this enormous energy enabling things to grow. It feels much more natural. Like a bacteria kind of spreading itself around all happy and oblivious. I’m studying Biology now, so all of my observations are science based these days.

BT) What are your present and future plans as a band?

FA: Our plan right now is to continue building the show we went to England with in November, after a little pause.  We have a live set and hopefully get some shows booked for the summer. We would love to play at Way Out West. (HINT)

BT) Is there any particular message you want to leave to our readers? 

DG: Please help us book a Pacific Highway West Coast Winter surf season tour…!! Ha. Write to us? Ask us questions? We’re trying to do the next record quickly. We have a lot of new ideas.  I guess the main ’philosophy’ is one of unsentimentality. It seems like the world is desperate to hold onto certain ideas that we have pretty much forgotten the origins of.  Then again, It’s not about forgetting or being stupid. A fascist is a fascist. It’s time to really ask if we know what we are doing, (Answer NO). And to try and look at what we really want to do.  Listen to Brian Wilsons ’Hang on to your ego’. It’s all there.

        

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