We Are Serenades are a hell of an amalgamation.
On one hand, you have Adam Olenius, member of the Shout Out Louds, a Swedish group that lit up the blogosophere in the mid-late Aughties with impossibly catchy pop-rock numbers like “Impossible” and “Tonight I Have to Leave It”. Their songs were featured in numerous movies, TV shows, and commercials, and they had a small commercial following (their 2010 album Work actually entered the Billboard charts at #200 when released). Yet since that album, the band has remained rather silent.
Markus Krunegård, meanwhile, is an accomplished pop musician in his own right, having been a part of the Pello Revolvers, Hets, Laakso (noted for singles like their noteworthy “Demon”), and of his own solo work as well.
So what do the two gentlemen have in common? (Aside from being acclaimed Swedish rock musicians, obviously.) They have formed a new band called We Are Serenades, a pop force which definitely aims for widescreen pop: soaring choruses, fascinating instrumentation, and a feel-good sense of wonder that is impossible to face. With their debut album Criminal Heaven out now (their single “Birds” is already an incredible, orchestral box of sunshine for your ears), the band is doing the promotional rounds, which also includes a stop off to PopMatters’ 20 Questions, where the dynamic duo reveals the duo’s love of pencils, coffee & porridge, and the possibility of re-envisioning the Flaming Lips’ The Soft Bulletin in 3D . . .