A Q&A with Josefin Öhrn and the Liberation


josefin ophn and the liberation

Swedish collective Josefin Öhrn and the Liberation are quickly becoming one of Europe’s most beloved psychedelic acts. We’re proud to welcome them to The Shacklewell Arms tonight in a show presented by Baba Yaga’s Hut.

Check out the band’s video for their most recent single, ‘Take Me Beyond,’ and their full-length album, ‘Horse Dance,’ now out on Rocket Recordings. One track is still streaming on soundcloud.

Tickets for the show are still available here.

In this Lanzarote Q&A, The Liberation’s Fredrick Joelson talks Sweden, London, and their talented label mates. See his answers in full below!

LANZ: It’s your first UK show! What do you think of London so far?

FJ: London is one of the great cities, isn’t it? we spend a lot of time in the UK, it’s easily one of our favourite places. in London you constantly have these great chance encounters and amazing random conversations with strangers of any creed or descent or stature or ethnicity, and that’s just priceless.

LANZ: Any London acts you’re keen on?

FJ: Teeth of The Sea and Hey Colossus are really really great bands, both on Rocket Recordings.

LANZ: What do you think of modern psychedelic music right now? Is there a scene in Stockholm?

FJ: In Sweden, there’s a scene in Gothenburg with bands like Goat, Hills, Uran and Capra Informis. Stockholm is kind of the antithesis of any “psychedelic” explorations, seems geared to prevent introspection and focus on material progress at all costs. In spite of that there are great bands like Les Big Byrd, I Break Horses and Paper.

LANZ: You’ve said that art and literature inspire your sound… what are three of your favourite books?

FJ: Thomas Pynchon, “Gravity’s Rainbow,” Hunter S Thompson “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” Chögyam Trungpa “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism”

LANZ: Your debut LP ‘Horse Dance’ just dropped this month. Are you happy or surprised about how it’s been received?

FJ: Both happy and surprised, quite frankly! But then again, the people we work with are so great, from Rocket Recordings to our band members and Stu at Invada.

LANZ: You’ve toured with Goat and Les Big Byrd so far. Who is your dream tourmate?

FJ:Thought Forms, Hey Colossus, Teeth of The See and Gnoomes! And Goat.

LANZ: What’s up next? Tell us about your big plans!

FJ: There are more gigs coming up and we’re recording new stuff shortly, mixing with the great Stu Matthews at Invada Studios in Bristol again. We just hope to be able to play live and release more music, really.