Genre: Alt Pop
Label: Docks / Sony Music
A wacky explosion of sound
Welcome to Sweden, the land of “lagom” and social moderation… Until one day you discover a band like Mother Mink, and all traces of Swedish composure get majestically thrown out of the window!
Mother Mink was born in the autumn of 2016 when Fanny Wistrand (vocals) and Johan Axelsson joined creative forces in Stockholm. Beyond the music, the duo can be seen, in their own words, as “an explosion of art”. It’s a crossroads between punk, pop and underground jazz with a humorous, kitschy vibe that is hard to describe with a definitive genre label.
Such a musical ambiguity can be explained by the duo’s background: Fanny is a quite versatile artist (“a culture chameleon”, she says), who is not only involved with music but also step dancing and children’s theatre. Just like Mother Mink’s music, her artistic personality has been shaped by several apparently unrelated hidden talents (acrobatics on horseback among them).
As a songwriter and wind player, Johan adds an underground musical complement to the already eccentric mix: He started as a garage punk musician who then turned to jazz with his sax. The band explains that a great part of their sound comes from “distorted saxophones, clarinets and dirty beats”. Then comes Fanny’s bold vocal technique, who could work equally well on a 40s film noir starlet.
Mother Mink achieved a certain reputation in their local scene with “Coconut”, their first single with an ironic comment about the Western idealization of vacations in the Tropic. After a year of touring on Swedish festivals like Live at Heart and several venues around the country, the band has been featured on radio stations and local press channels.
Their latest release, “Doobie Doobie”, a musical Frankenstein that you could sneakily play during a surreal reggaeton party, has appealed to a very enthusiastic audience in Latin America. All that’s left is that you follow the band’s wacky advice and “Prepare your mouth with some looney tunes” as they start passing on their doobie-doobieness to worldwide audiences in 2018!
“Welcome to the world of chaos! A kitschy, dirty and unglamorous plastic world.“– Mother Mink