Caviare Days is the exotic, psychedelic-tinged, refreshingly indie-edged rock band that snatched their name from a passage in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fourth and final novel, “Tender is the Night.” The ensemble is composed of Swedish sisters Lina and Maja Westin on vocals with Timmy Grim on the drums, Boris Grubesic on the guitar, and Marcus Arborelius on the keys and synthesizer bass. The band’s upcoming EP Like Me (available June 10 on label259) roars with the wonder of discovery and gnashes with the sharp teeth of a fearsome attitude while swirling in a musical quagmire of mesmerizing intensity.
Like Me was produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor) and Mats Björke (Mando Diao. The EP was mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London and the track listing for the release is: 1. “Like Me,” 2. “Great Minds,” 3. “Trigger,” and 4. “Green.” Above, you can listen to the title track, “Like Me,” but to experience the entire EP, you need to click here.
Not only was AXS fortunate enough to be able to offer the exclusive premier of this thought-provoking, trippy band, but Caviare Days was available to answer a few questions about the upcoming release, as well.
AXS: In a press release, you state, “The title track of the EP, ‘Like Me,’ is about facing oneself without realizing it. There’s a kind of bitter irony in the fact that no matter how far you fly, you will never get away from yourself, particularly not with a broken wing.” The first line of that song is so powerful, it presents an incredibly sharp image of poetic depth (“Free as a f***ed up bird, flying in a round way”)! Did that opening line inspire the song?
Caviare Days: When keyboard player Marcus Arborelius and producer Mats Björke were in the studio adding some synths to the instrumental part of “Like Me,” they really let the “f***ed up bird” in the first line of the lyrics inspire them. In the beginning of this part, they added a muffled thunder-like synth-noise that is meant to resemble an approaching storm. Then comes a fragment of a melody that repeats in a lower and lower pitch, as the imaginary bird loses height, followed by a wild drum fill, a wobbling bass and a roaring, dropping synth-note that indicates that the crash is very close. Then, right before the bird hits the ground, a strong wind in the shape of a major chord helps it stabilize and it continues its flight.
AXS: There also seems to be a nod to The Beatles in that first track. Are they an influence?
Caviare Days: The song is not unaware of the Beatles’ “Free As A Bird,” yet it is not supposed to flag this connection. It also channels some of the Sgt. Pepper type of lyrics, which were making sense by being nonsensical. Like “Fixing A Hole,” the content is slightly illogical and contradictory, but still manages to convey a strong poetic message about your sense of self.
AXS: “Great Minds” is a great song. There’s a cool, sensual, psychedelic vibe that seems to come from the seductive bend of the guitar and the vocals. What is the intent of this song? Whom is it meant for?
Caviare Days: This is to all people who get aroused by challenge as opposed to comfort; a passionate relationship can push you to emotional extremes where you can reach peaks creatively, but sometimes at the cost of your health.
AXS: The third track, “Trigger,” has a rather militant beat and the lyrics are pretty hostile, too. Which came first, the words or the music?
Caviare Days: The song started with a riff and a drum progression, and the lyrics were inspired by its savage elements. “Trigger” is angry and saturated with revenge, aiming at anyone and everyone.
AXS: There are so many songs that talk about seeing red, what does “Green” mean to you?
Caviare Days: Green, in this case, symbolizes the perfect state of mind; a balance between ‘sane’ and ‘insane.’ One foot on the ground and the other in the sky. Green also means freedom, with a green light, you can go wherever.
AXS: Sonically, there is so much happening on this EP, were you under the influence of any other artists during the recording of this music?
Caviare Days: It really is a big sea of sounds, and we all consume music heavily, but somehow we’ve had a tendency to talk about Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age... but we are seldom directly influenced by other bands, and if we are, we discover it in retrospect.
Caviare Days’ Like Me (label259) will be available on June 10 via iTunes. For more information, visit their website, like them on Facebook, watch them on YouTube, and follow them on Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter.