I shall shortly be visiting making pilgrimage to the current home of indiepop, Sweden (well, it shares the title with Finland), so I thought I’d share yet another great Swedish pop band with you. And that band is Elenette.

When kalle berglund and mattias hagegård moved to sthlm the fall 2003, they both broke up from several old projects and wanted to start something new, based on drum-machine, bass and synthesizers. but not much happened, so kalle recorded his own demo instead with the same idea in mind. it was released under the name elenette in summer 2004, and was called “kärlekskomplex”. many people liked the sound so kalle started writing and recording a new ep. this was to be called “männen i mitt liv” and was released at elenettes first live-show ever in february 2005. the line-up was kalle solo, playing double synthesizers and singing.

(If you can read Swedish, have a look here.)

There are echoes of many great bands in Elenette: Pulp, Aha, The Specials. But, like all the best pop groups, they take those influences and twist them, making something unique and peculiarly their own. I love the combination of ’80s reverbiness, ’90s dry drum machines and timeless swinging guitars.

I was put onto Elenette by my friends Mattias and Tommy. Let’s face it, if these two pop pickers love a band, there’s a high probability they’re going to be wonderful. And, hullo! Elenette are.

They have everything that’s sorely missing from NME haircut indie: grace, humour, MELODIES and, most of all, they’re actually fun to listen to.

But don’t take my word for it. Check ’em out with some free mp3s they’ve stuck up:

Att göra en hit
Jag hatar män
Kär (imaginär) pensionär

You can stream those or download them to listen to later.

I’d advise you to grab them now so you can be boastfully smug when the inevitable global chart domination of Elenette ensues. 😀

Elenette – the best a man can get? 😛

Derby Market Place Ice Rink

Today, Derby’s new ice rink on the Market Place opened! I spotted Bibi and Spalders skating around like loons so I asked if I could go into the tent bit to get some pics of them. I hadn’t actually realised one of the major sponsors was Creative Photos Ltd!

It was only after I got my snaps of Bibi and Matt that I worked out that I’d basically been really cheeky, since their business that day was making money out of taking people’s pics on the ice. So, thanks to Chris from Creative Photos who was very friendly and accommodating when he could, by all rights, told me to sling my hook.

I didn’t venture onto the ice, since I value my life. But looking at everyone skating / falling / colliding made me very envious.

Ahhh, to be young and thin… 🙂

Click here for a gallery of rinky pics!