We are super excited to welcome the Swedish synth act Strange Tales to the Town And Towers Records synth family.
The band started out together in mid 80’s with the 3 members Karl-Johan Larsson, Tobbe Lander and Jonas Berg. After a few gigs and a 5-track demo cassette they had a break in ’87, and they all took on different careers after finishing high school.
Tobbe Lander started the legendary CLUB ROMO NIGHT music club in Gothenburg, which booked all major acts to play live, like The Human League, Howard Jones, Boytronic, and The Twins to name a few. The dance floor was jammed with new wave and electronic music, and people travelled a long way every month to go to this venue for 20 years.
Strange Tales inspiration are bands like Visage, Depeche Mode, Ultravox, Human League, Kraftwerk, Duran Duran, OMD and other classic 80’s acts. But also Beatles, ELO and pop songs from the 50’s and 60’s.
Karl-Johan says: ”We want to make music, that we want to hear ourselves, that’s our ambition”.
“We want to use all classic instruments, that we have only read about on the album covers back in the days. It’s a dream come true to now use them to make music that we love. And to be together in the studio again”, Karl Johan tells.
“Every song is a little story itself – a strange tale if you like – with bits and pieces of reality and fiction. The music just appears in my head when I expose myself in everyday situations, and then I record it on my phone… if it still sounds good in my head after playing it back later on, I start putting it down into my machines”, Karl-Johan says.
Tobbe: ”After 20 years running the best new romantic club in Scandinavia, Club Romo Night, it was time to reconnect to composing again, and to be part of saturating the 80’s music, which is now climbing the charts again, and finds a new audience”
Jonas: ” Playing live again was amazing, and also to make the new look and feel of the bands appearance”. Instead of the classic depressing synth look, we went for a mix of pop culture and tv-series we like”.
Strange Tales loves to play live and has been supporting act for e.g. the legendary Swedish new wave band Lustans Lakajer.
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