Five Questions With… Fribytterdrømme

Band: Fribytterdrømme
Country of Origin: Denmark

Some of the greatest recent psych rock calls Denmark home. Fribytterdrømme, a sextet from Copenhagen, take listener’s ears on a cosmic tour with spaced-out synth and guitar, driving rhythms, and arrangements that flirt with everything from industrial and new wave to kosmische and post-punk. The band is working on their third record which will be released later this year. Fribytterdrømme is also about to embark on their largest DK tour yet.

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

That is impossible for our band to answer! We are 6 people in the band and thrive on several sources of inspiration. That’s our strength. We would probably bring a case of beer and our instruments instead and try to play the stuff ourselves.

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

Everybody in the band know each other from this southern town in Denmark called Svendborg where we spend our teens and early twenties. Except one of the guitar players who joined the band later on.

It was just by sheer chance that all the old band had broken up and everybody was free and willing to form the band. We have always had the ambitions of bigger things but in the beginning it was also very much just to hang out in Copenhagen cause suddenly we all lived there.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

Very broad. Lots of different music. We evolved out of a boom of bands playing acid rock and singing in Danish. The acid rock died out after around three years but the Danish language is very popular to sing in in Denmark right. Even more established artist have switched from English to Danish. That came from the underground scene.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

The will to be weird.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

Last year we played the biggest festival in Denmark called Roskilde Festival. We actually closed the festival on its last day in front of a packed crowd. That was a big break for us. We actually don’t remember much from the concert itself – just the feeling of ecstasy. When ever that happens at our shows we know it has been pretty epic.

Ryan

Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.