Led by 21-year-old frontman and songwriter Mikkel Holm Silkjær, the group hails from Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, a huge port, university town and ideal place to find like minds amid the industrial grit. On the forthcoming EP “These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores,” out 9/18 on Fat Possum/Tough Love, they show themselves to be ambassadors of their country’s increasingly vital underground music scene.
More than buzz, Silkjær, along with bandmates Frederik Nybo Veilie (drums), Tobias Guldborg Tarp (bass) and Emil Zethsen (guitar), has built a cottage industry. He writes songs, handles the artwork for every release and even does much of the production himself. The resulting self-made music on “These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores,” raw, snarling corkscrews of feedback, find the Danish rockers branching off from the same family tree that birthed The Replacements and Cloud Nothings. It’s the band’s DIY call to arms, singular and authentic songs that won’t remain unknown very long. They begin with “Blue Uniforms”. Americans will get their first taste of the band when they arrive in mid-October for CMJ.
“THESE THOUGHTS ARE LIKE MANDATORY CHORES” TRACKLISTING
2. It Happened Again
3. Blue Uniforms
4. Not A Shelter
6. Too Good For You
Sat. Aug. 15 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West
Mon, Sept. 21 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope
Wed. Sept. 23 – London, UK @ Sebright Arms
Fri. Sept. 25 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Psych Fest
Tue. Oct. 13 – Sat. Oct. 17 – New York, NY @ CMJ
Thu. Oct. 29 – Aarhus, DK @ Atlas
Fri. Oct. 30 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset