On The Record: Clinic Blonde speaks to us about their new single ‘Fabled’, living in Copenhagen and their sound

Hey! Could you tell our readers something about yourself that they might not find out otherwise?

Hi! Uhm, we originally came together as a band in 2014 under the name King Mannequin. The music we wrote back then was quite different, drawing heavily upon the likes of Led Zeppelin. One day we were jamming some funk for the fun of it and suddenly Violet Sky (our previous release) was made. This totally changed the direction of the band, which has resulted in our name change to Clinic Blonde and a whole new sound and style for the band.

What are your musical influences?

Our individual musical influences vary a lot. From EDM to country, metal to pop. We found common ground in our love for ambient sounds and having music be groovy though. We’d say that for the band as a whole, modern artists such as The 1975 and Coldplay come to mind.



What do you like to do outside of your career in music? 

Outside of music, we’re doing separate things. Felix and Bjørn are studying at the University of Copenhagen, Joakim is currently working as a chef, while Kristoffer is working at a special needs school. We’re Danes, though, so when the chance appears, we’re all rather susceptible to a drink or 2 at the local bars.

How would you describe the sound you’ve crafted over your last few releases?

We’ve only released 2 singles so far, so the sound that we’ve crafted hasn’t really evolved that much yet. That you know of at least! Both Fabled and our previous debut, Violet Sky, are actually somewhat old songs – at least to us – as they were written a few years back. We wouldn’t say that we’ve grown our sound too much since then as we’re still very much into the groovy indie pop/rock universe and as such still find our main influences here. Though we have tried to give our songs since then a more personal touch, that you’ll hopefully get to hear soon, we still use the same formula as with Fabled and Violet sky, where we try to juggle the modern and classic aspects of pop songs with older and raw sounds as found in the 80’s pop/rock scene.



Where are you based, and how does your city impact your music? 

We are based in Copenhagen, and to be honest this doesn’t really impact our sound too much as we tend to look to other countries, especially the UK, when trying to find inspiration from other upcoming bands and/or established artists. Copenhagen does, however, set the theme for a lot of the lyrics in our songs. The lyrics are written from the perspective of someone based here. Often dreaming away to American pop ideals, but still founded in the reality that is the Danish urban life.

What does the new release draw upon thematically?

To draw upon our answer to the previous question, our theme in general is the youth of Copenhagen, mostly deriving from personal experiences though. Fabled is no different. It’s a song about wanting someone and the game of trying to make them fall for you and then what comes after – be it a breakup, a dreamy relationship or perhaps a bit of both.



What do fans have to look forward to over the next few months

Fabled and Violet Sky are both frontrunners for our upcoming EP, which will be released in early 2019. So there’s that! We hope to arrange a lot of shows to play in both Denmark and the rest of northern Europe around that time. Besides the EP, we are currently working on a lot of new material to be released some time later in the new year – stay tuned!


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