Peter Bjorn and John today release the first three singles – “One For The Team,” “Every Other Night,” and “Gut Feeling” – from forthcoming new studio album ‘Darker Days’ due October 19th via INGRID and available to pre-order at Pledge Music.
The new album really is ‘The Story Of 3’, as each band member took the reins both in writing and production for their songs, while staying connected by the central theme and musician.
THE STORY OF 3:
EACH SONG REPRESENTS EACH MEMBER’S PERSPECTIVE AS THE INFLUENTIAL SWEDISH TRIO LOOK BACK AND AHEAD AS THEY NEAR 20 YEARS TOGETHER
“One For The Team” | Peter
It’s a pep-talk sort of song. A positive call to arms really. It’s been a “bumpy ride” as the song says. But the good thing you’ve found together is really worth fighting for, especially after all this time. We really ARE stronger together. We all GAIN from helping each other out. We CAN’T make it ourselves. At least not as good or as vigorous. All very corny but also all very true, most of the time. And the title is kind of corny too but I love calling a song “One For The Team.”
“Gut Feeling” | Bjorn
The story of “Gut Feeling” begins at the first gig in the US after our last album, Breakin’ Point. Backstage in the club in Nashville I was waiting for soundcheck and started writing what was to become “Gut Feeling,” the words came subconsciously: “I think we need to talk about it, if we don’t wanna live without it.” We actually did talk on that tour, and conflicts were resolved. It all became fun again.
“Every Other Night” | John
This song is about what’s keeping you awake between the midnight hour and the hour of the wolf. It’s like a warning sign in neon letters. Sonically it’s a homage to my indie-pop/rock-heroes and the opposite of the snappy arrangements on our previous album (Breakin’ Point). What you hear is just the three of us, Peter on guitar, Bjorn on bass and me on drums and vocals.
The songs really do reflect each member’s personal style. Peter went into ”One For The Team” with his love for old-school soul music and girl group’s vocal style, referencing grainy and warm sounds of Motown, Al Green and even the Jackson 5. Bjorn’s ”Gut Feeling” is riff driven drum-oriented pop music that he said, ”we haven’t really done since PBJ favorites like ’Second Chance’ and ’Young Folks.’” And as John says above, he drew influences from his ”indie-pop/rock-heroes.” All three expressed excitement about working solely with each other for ‘Darker Days’ and talked about the sheer fun they had writing and recording the 11 songs that would become the final LP.
‘Darker Days’ became available to pre-order last week. There are a number of limited edition items like test pressings along with bundles, totes, t- shirts and more. The band will hit the road in October with a few European dates and a US tour to follow at the end of November.
Formed in Stockholm in 1999, Peter Bjorn and John are perhaps best known for their timeless 2006 hit ‘Young Folks’. The track continues to be a mainstay at alternative radio and has racked up over 130m Spotify streams. Alongside fellow Swedish musicians including Lykke Li and Miike Snow, in 2012 the trio launched the artist collective and record label INGRID, which has a studio and office in Stockholm.
‘Darker Days’ tracklist:
1. Longer Nights
2. One For The Team
3. Every Other Night
4. Gut Feeling
5. Living A Dream
6. Velvet Sky
7. Wrapped Around The Axle
8. Dark Ages
9. Sick And Tired
10. Silicon Valley
11. Heaven And Hell
PETER BJORN AND JOHN LIVE:
US Headline Tour
November 29 Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA
November 30 Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
December 1 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
December 2 Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington,
December 4 Velvet Underground, Toronto, ON
December 5 Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
December 7 Marty’s on Newport, Sana Ana, CA
December 8 Teragram, Los Angeles, CA
December 9 Independent, San Francisco, CA
FROM FORTHCOMING NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘DARKER DAYS’
RELEASED OCTOBER 19 ON INGRID AND AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER