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“Sweden via London group bring a playful edge to theatrical pop” – DIY
“Francobollo are here to prove that indie is still alive and kicking with some irrepressible slacker charm.” – THE INDEPENDENT
“One of the country’s wildest, weirdest bands” – NME
“This Swedish 4 piece prove that indie is definitely not dead” – NOTION
“Delivering seismic nuggets of space-soaked sounds that jump between indie, garage-rock, synth-glory and more – there’s a sense of surprise at every turn.” – DORK
“Wonderfully off-kilter Swedish indie pop” – CLASH
“Francobollo create jubilation…successfully weird and wonderful together” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“Sporting the slacker sentiments of Mac DeMarco and the untameable riffs of Pavement…Francobollo’s charm is their ability to scuff over the details and initiate you into their irresistible movement of not giving a shit” – LONDON IN STEREO
Sweden’s Francobollo are releasing their much-anticipated debut album ‘Long Live Life’ on July 14th. Today they’re sharing a surreal video for new single ‘Worried Times’.
Watch the video for ‘Worried Times’ HERE
(or by clicking on the player below)
Directed by the band’s bassist Sam Bailey, the band explain: “The video for Worried Times continues on where ‘Good Times’ left us. It charts the movements of Laurent having won ‘An intimate performance from Francobollo’ on Swedish television’s bingo sensation show BingoLotto. Thrust into a world populated by characters from old Francobollo videos, we see what it means to have Francobollo inside of you: a new powersport, antenatal skydiving.”
Possessing an irresistible charm, an undeniable wit, and an infectious personality shining through within their schizophrenic, adventurous brand of indie rock, new single ‘Worried Times’ bursts into life with a chugging guitar riff, before opening up into an assault of chaotic synth work and electronics, and irresistibly catchy vocal runs.
There’s a surprise around every corner within Francobollo’s music and songwriting, with an undeniable measure of passion and grit in their live delivery.
Speaking of the new single, the band’s charismatic frontman Simon Nilsson explained: “The song is about claustrophobia, and the fear of being locked down, tied to, held up or forced by something or someone, and about the fine art of committing.”
Quintessential alternative rock — instantly identifiable as Francobollo, the Swedish quartet hint at inspiration from the likes of Pavement, Built To Spill and Grandaddy, without ever disregarding their own originality. Acclaimed producer Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Marika Hackman, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Sivu etc.) is at the production helm for the band’s debut album ‘Long Live Life’ — set for release July 14th on Andrew’s label Square Leg Records.
Pre-order Francobollo‘s debut album ‘LONG LIVE LIFE’ on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/long-live-life/id1234571429
Pre-order Francobollo‘s debut album ‘LONG LIVE LIFE’ on VINYL here: https://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/francobollo-long-live-life
Seamlessly switching from mellow, beautifully constructed melodic instrumentals – into wild, explosive moments of raucous brilliance – Francobollo originally met at school in Lund, Sweden, and after moving to London together, played and recorded as session musicians for bands such as Slow Club, LA Salami and members of Mystery Jets. A live show styled at North London Warehouse parties now takes to stages across Europe, their mischievous set a child like celebration of everything you find fun in life, Francobollo are the riot you can take home to meet your Mum.
Mercury Prize and Brit Award winning producer Charlie Andrew took great interest in the band after seeing them play live, making them the first signing to his newly established label Square Leg Records.
‘Long Live Life’ – Francobollo’s much anticipated debut album was a test as to how to capture the band’s onstage spirit – which they’re now widely renowned for. This resulted in an unorthodox approach to recording the majority of the album – in front of a live audience, with an aim to inject the Francobollo personality into the recordings, which they’ve 100% achieved.
Having already enjoyed exceptional support from the likes of NME, DIY Magazine, CLASH Magazine, NOTION Magazine, London In Stereo, The Line Of Best Fit, Dork, Gold Flake Paint, Ja Ja Ja, as well as receiving backing from BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X, Beats 1 and more – the band are undoubtedly set to make a huge impact.
Francobollo head out for a busy summer of festivals, and a full UK/EU tour to follow in the Autumn, kicking off in October, running throughout November.
UK/EU LIVE DATES: (all tickets available from http://www.francobolloband.com/)
5, London, Camden Assembly, Green Man Rising
7, Winchester, Blissfields Festival
19, Netherlands, Nijmegen – Valkhof Festival
21, Oxford, Truck Festival
24, London, ROUGH TRADE EAST album release show / signing
25, Nottingham, ROUGH TRADE album release show / signing
28, Italy, Vasto – Siren Festival
29, Cornwall, Leopallooza
30, Cumbria, Kendal Calling Festival
18, Southampton, Talking Heads (HEADLINE)
19, Brighton, The Hope (HEADLINE)
21, Bristol, The Crofters Rights (HEADLINE)
22, Oxford, The Cellar (HEADLINE)
23, Leicester, The Cookie (HEADLINE)
26, Leeds, Brudenell Games Room (HEADLINE)
27, Sheffield, Record Junkee (HEADLINE)
28, Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (HEADLINE)
1, Nottingham, Bodega (HEADLINE)
2, Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge (HEADLINE)
3, London, Moth Club (HEADLINE)
7, Malmo, Babel (HEADLINE)
9, Germany, Berlin – Musik & Frieden (HEADLINE)
12, Germany, Cologne – Blue Shell (HEADLINE)
13, Holland, Amsterdam – Paradiso (HEADLINE)
15, Belgium, Brussels – Botanique – Wiltoofbar (HEADLINE)
16, Holland, Rotterdam – V11 (HEADLINE)
17, France, Paris – Supersonic (HEADLINE)
20, Switzerland, Zurich – Hafenkneipe (HEADLINE)
21, Italy, Bologna – Freakout (HEADLINE)
22, Italy, Milano – Arci Ohibo (HEADLINE)
Francobollo’s debut album ‘Long Live Life’ is out July 14th via Square Leg Records