Certamente, ou, deveria ser ao menos, eu assim espero, que quem acompanha as páginas do TBTCI esteja interado com o combo sueco de pós punk The Exploding Boy, onde o vocalista é Johan Sjöblom, até aí ok, os caras são cultuados em uma série de paises, mas não é sobre o The Exploding Boy que tratarei aqui neste momento, o ponto é que Johan em determinado momento mostrou algumas de suas canções para seus comparsas de banda mas, os caras não curtiram e aí, Johan resolveu partir para uma faceta solo, claro, o The Exploding Boy continua.
E o projeto atende pelo seu sobrenome, SJÖBLOM, e Johan acabou de soltar seu mais recente trabalho, o disco, "6", oito canções que soam e resoam os 80´s, dark pop com extrema elegância e sofisticação, por vezes evocando Lloyd Cole, em outras Andrew Eldritch, em outras ainda Mark Burgess, só por assim dizer, já dá pra sentir qual é o clima de "6".
SJÖBLOM cometeu talvez o álbum mais oitentista dos últimos tempos sem soar retro, mérito absoluto.
***** Interview with SJÖBLOM *****
J: I've thought about this for about two years, but never really knew how to do it. But in february-16 I sent a couple of songs to my band (the exploding boy) and they didn't like it, and at the same time we talkes with a producer in Stockholm about recording some new material, and couldn't do that I just saw my chance and went to this producer and recorded some own songs. And it went so easy so I decided to do this!
Q: Who are your influences?
J: Synth bands from the 80s, Indie from the 90s and old post punk and New wave in the 00, and always pop, darkness and beautiful melodies.
Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
J: The Cure - Seventeen Seconds,
Lloyd Cole & The commotions - Mainstream,
Depeche Mode - A broken Frame,
The Charlatans - Some Friendly,
Popsicle - Lacquer
Q. How do you feel playing live?
J: Mixed feelings. Between scared to death, happy as hell and can't remember it. You can never tell. I want to show people what I feel and what I have done, but I am scared of doing it somehow...
Q. How do you describe Sjöblom sounds?
J: It is just plain songs that I love. The sounds comes with the song. I'll do everything I can to make the song reach people, and the sound depends of what the song needs. BUT I always want it to be simple, clear and dark.
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
J: I came to the producer with a song. It could be a full song with everything in it, where I done everything myself. Keyboards, guitars and all, or just a guitar and some vocals. We listen and build it up from the beginning. He is coming with some small ideas, and in 80% I take it, because he is the best. I am suprised how quick and easy it went and how good it got!
Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
J: A projection (Sweden), Hante (France) and Agent Side Grinder (Sweden).
Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
J: I am working with a cover of Swedish Tiamats In A Dream, and I really want to do a good cover of the very Swedish band Kent, but I haven't started with that yet.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
J: Having release partys in Stockholm and Paris, and then playing festivals in the summer. Then we'll see..
Q: Any parting words?
J: Thanks for great questions. It is a pleasure, not only for SJÖBLOM, but also my other band The Exploding Boy to have so many fans, not just in Brazil but also Peru and Mexico. It is so far away, but feels so close sometimes. Thanks A LOT! We wish all the time we could come over for a show, but it is expensive.