Slim Loris

3-piece band Slim Loris out of Stockholm, Sweden surprised us at PEV with their response to our “how did you guys get started” question. Lead singer Mattias Cederstam told us “Slim Loris started out as a fun waste of time between me and Robert and it was only about a year ago when we started working on our album ‘Down to Earth’ that it became our main focus so it feels like we´re still in the starting process.” Doesn’t seem too shocking of a response… until you sample “Down to Earth” – a mature record with musical sensibility and enticing folk rock charm. It sounds like an effort from a road-tested band of songwriting veterans, not like a band just getting started. Sample it now at the band’s bandcamp site (slimloris.bandcamp.com) and you’ll soon find among your iTunes library.

We asked Cederstam, aforementioned guitarist Robert Barrefelt and drummer Jonas Ellenberg to get more into “Down to Earth”; they say “We wanted to create a very organic and vintage sound on the album so that the listener feels like they are there in the room with us. It´s a mix of the energy from sixties pop/rock but with a bit more melancholic or even somber note to it.” While “Down to Earth” is a fantastic album, there is some sad news here: Slim Loris is currently focusing on shows in Sweden… so we’ll have to wait a bit longer to catch them here in the states. Patience readers! For now, get to know Slim Loris a little better by diving into the XXQ’s.
XXQs: Slim Loris
PensEyeView.com (PEV):  How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Mattias Cederstam (MC): Our sound definitely originates from the sixties pop/rock scene but we listen to all kinds of music and let that influence our sound as well. There are quite a bit of Americana in it and we try to incorporate a bit of our Swedish heritage in there as well which is what hopefully makes us stand out.
PEV: Calling Stockholm, Sweden home, what kind of music where the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
MC: My dad gave me a couple of Beatles albums for my 6th birthday so that´s where it all started for me. When I first met Robert, our guitar player, in school he was heavily into Pearl Jam. Our drummer Jonas has always been a big reggae fan and our latest addition Leon grew up with the music of Prince. My first proper concert however was something completely different, Metallica playing Stockholm stadium.
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene in your hometown, when you first started out as a band? What was your first show like together as a band?
MC: Slim Loris started out as a fun waste of time between me and Robert and it was only about a year ago when we started working on our album “Down to earth” that it became our main focus so it feels like we´re still in the starting process. Our first show went surprisingly well. Beginners luck maybe but all of us have played quite a lot of shows in the past with other bands which helped.
PEV: What can fans expect from a live Slim Loris show?
MC: Music at its purest form. We´re not a band of big gestures and explosive stage shows, we let our music do the talking and work on finding the right feeling where you get absorbed by it.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?
MC: A mix of anxiety, nervousness and a focus on the first line of the first song. If it start of well there rest just tend to happen by it self.
PEV: What do you think of mainstream music today – as in what’s being played on the radio/TV?
MC: Some very good and some not so good. I love the fact that an artist like Bon Iver can get the attention he has but there are also to much soulless music out there made just to sell.
PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?
MC: Everyday life. I tend to get most of my ideas for songs when I try the least like when I´m sat driving home from work or when watching something dull on tv and the mind just drifts off.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
MC: I´ve played with all members of Slim Loris in other bands in the past and I definitely look back and find inspiration from that. We´ve learnt a lot from what we did right and wrong in them bands.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Slim Loris?
MC: Our everyday jobs when we don´t do music are a bit different. Slim Loris consists of a prosecutor, an audiologist, a carpenter and a tree surgeon.
PEV: What is the story behind the band name?
MC: We wanted a name that didn’t mean anything specific and around the time we were looking to name the band I was told a story about an animal called “Slender Loris” but the person telling the story got the name a bit wrong and kept saying “Slim Loris” instead. I liked it and used it for the band.
PEV:  Tell us about your latest release, “Down To Earth”. What can fans expect from this work?
MC: We wanted to create a very organic and vintage sound on the album so that the listener feel like they are there in the room with us. It´s a mix of the energy from sixties pop/rock but with a bit more melancholic or even somber note to it.
PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song is complete and you can sit back and listen to it being played the way you envisioned?
MC: A quick moment of satisfaction and then my mind is off to come up with the next idea.
PEV: With all your traveling is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
MC: We´ve only been playing shows in Europe so far so we would like to travel further and I´m curious to se how our Swedish take on Americana would go down across the Atlantic.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?
MC: Without the support of our families we wouldn´t be able to do this and they´ve always been behind us a hundred percent. It´s always a different feeling playing a show at home since you know a lot of people in the audience and that gives a more relaxed feeling to it. Its almost like a party with your friends instead of a show.
PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
MC: We are quite boring and spend most time with our families to be honest some other activities like playing football (soccer) and doing meditation can occur to.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?
MC: Al Green, the best voice of all time and Regina Spector cause she´s a genius.
PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
MC: City Demons – raw attitude with female vocals from Stockholm, Sweden
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal) what do you think each of you would be your career?
MC: We have one sporty person in the band so one footballer but the rest of us are more the creative types so maybe painters or photographers or something like that.
PEV: So, what is next for Slim Loris?
MC: We are getting some shows together ahead around Sweden. Dates and places are not all set yet though. Apart from that we´re always working on new material.
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