You might know Swedish indie pop musicians Peter Moren, Bjorn Yttling and John Eriksson — Peter Bjorn and John — from their 2006 whistle-hook classic "Young Folks." The song has more than 66 million spins in Spotify alone and was a hit in Europe and the U.S. before Spotify existed. Believe me, you'd recognize the song if you heard it. After a five-year recording hiatus, the band is back with self-released LP Breakin' Point (2016, INGRID), a collection of bouncing pop songs that sounds like what you'd get if Belle and Sebastian cross-pollinated with ABBA.
We asked the band to take our Ten Questions survey, and here's how the trio collectively responded, presumably in unison:
1. What is your favorite album?
Peter Bjorn and John: Tropical Moonlight. A reader's digest vinyl compilation album with tropical easy listening highlights.
2. What is your least favorite song?
More bubbles with Peter Bjorn and John.
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
6. In what city or town do you love to perform?
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
In Stockholm, Sweden 2002. We were booked as the opening act on an outdoor festival and when we got there they told us we had to build the stage ourselves. When we, after two hours, played the first song it was totally out of tune since Peter had forgotten the tuning pedal in our rehearsal studio. Then it started to rain.
8. How do you pay your bills?
With a twisted smile.
9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?
I would like to try to be the writer of a very short book.
I would not like to be a bee keeper.
10. What are the stories you've heard about Omaha, Nebraska?
I have heard that Bruce Springsteen was there at some point. Don't know what he did though.
Peter Bjorn and John play with All Young Girls Are Machine Guns Sunday, June 26, at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Tickets are $20, showtime is 8 p.m. For more information, go to onepercentproductions.com.