We were lucky enough to catch up with Aggressive Soccer Moms following the release of their stunning single ‘That’s How I Feel’. Read our full review below!
Hi Aggressive Soccer Moms, tell us about yourselves?
Aggressive Soccer Moms is a duo formed in 2017, consisting of Thomas Wahlström on vocals and sometimes instruments and Anders Bergström on all other instruments and programming. Sometimes we invite friends to work with us, like on this new album where Stefan Wistrand is our third member, playing the saxophones on every track.
What is your songwriting process?
We both write all the time, and when we get together, we compare ideas. Anders plays something, or me (Thomas) sing my new lyrics, and we always seem to have something that fits perfectly with each other’s ideas. We put it together and built a song around it. We’ve got something between us; it’s almost never difficult.
Tell us about your latest release, ‘That’s How I Feel’?
‘That’s How I Feel’, the first single of the next album, came from a couple of ideas, One being that we wanted to do something with Stefan Wistrand, who is the best saxophone player we know. Another idea was that the songs should be really simple and annoying.
We wanted to do the opposite of what we did on our latest album, ‘All you need’. Maybe we wanted to do what Lou Reed always did; after every successful album, he did a difficult album. The song ‘That’s How I Feel’ came about in the same manner as I described earlier, Anders played his new music for me, and I had a simple repetitive lyric that seemed to fit right in.
‘That’s How I Feel’ is an awesome alt-rock/pop release; what draws you to the genre?
We are all old-school punks. We grew up with and like every aspect of the term post-punk. We like goth, electronika, synthpop and avantgarde jazz aswell as the classical post punk like Magazine and PIL. This is us trying to do it all at once.
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
I hope it says: Do anything you wanna do! You don’t have to be this or that; you don’t even have to be good in a traditional way. If you like it, It’s good!
Who are your musical influences?
The Cure, Velvet Underground, The Beatles, The Fall, Cabaret Voltaire and Young Marble Giants, to name a few.
Who are your non-musical influences?
(Thomas) English footballers, Monthy Python, Charles Bukowski and my mother. (Anders) Swedish footballers, Marx Brothers, Kurt Vonnegut and my brother.
You have an album due in February 2023. Can you tell us any more?
The Album’s called ‘Quint’. Stefan Wistrand plays marvellous sax all over it. Stefan has also contributed to the composition of three songs. We made it as a reaction, I think to the more polished and nice album we did before. It even gave us a hit song. We wanted this one to be a bit difficult; maybe we failed.
What scares you most when releasing music?
Nothing scares us. We have very low expectations. We make the music we want to hear. Then our job is done; if people like us, we are happy and start the process of making another album. If they don’t like it, we just carry on with the process of making another album. As simple as that.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
The new landscape, I mean, you don’t sell albums anymore. And you don’t get media coverage or public radio plays. It’s all on the internet now. The internet doesn’t pay. But to be fair internet gives us listeners all over the world that we otherwise would never have reached.
What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?
Our advice is: Believe in yourself, always. Don’t take advice. Do your thing, Be consistent, and never apologize. And have fun!
What are your hopes for the next two years?
In the coming years, we would like to be invited to play in other countries and towns with other good alternative bands. We also would like to attract some more listeners. And we hope to record a couple of new records. Yeah, and world peace and that women receive the same salary as men.
FVMusicBlog December 2022