La Hata Vitoye
We are The Bland: Axel, Anton, Johan, Jacob, and Lucas. We started trying our indie music as street buskers back in 2010, and ever since, things have just kept growing. Songwriting, touring, and creating has become our life.
As Corona now tricked us of a full year of touring, meeting people, hearing wonderful stories, seeing new places, dancing (and of course also income) - we moved into a ruinous (but livable) castle, and thought about how to use this time we’ve been given in the best way possible.
We started dreaming of a place - full of all of these things we’re so desperately missing, and we thought - let's make this the most exciting project we’ve ever done - and create this place in our upcoming album - collaborating with you.
We will create a fictive town called 'La Hata Vitoye' - write its history, create characters, family trees, bars, historic events - jump into this world and compose our music to the story. And not only that - we will illustrate this place in painted art and video - to, later on, make this fictive place become real. Yes - we want to build this town in real life - as a festival, where you can experience the story, touch it, interact with it, and even change it!
Thank you all so much for contributing to our Kickstarter campaign. It means a lot! We're now back in the studio and happy to continue working on this. You'll hear from us soon!
We thank our Hamburg-based label Backseat and ALL ROOMS Agency for helping us creating this campaign, Liz&Lisa for the illustrations of La Hata Vitoye and Steven Goerke for the animation and video production! Supported by the Crowdfunding Campain Funding of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft and the Department of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
La Hata Vitoye - Chapter I
WUPPERTAL - UTOPIASTADT
STUTTGART - CAFÉ GALAO
AUGSBURG - PROVINO CLUB
Just a year after the release of our first studio album ‘Beautiful Distance’, The Bland opened a thrilling new chapter. The vision of creating a place of barrier-free encounters and filling it with musical life now becomes a reality. The Bland created a sound that will surprise in its playfulness and novelty. A warm pull that you don’t want to stray from. Welcome to La Hata Vitoye.
The songwriters in the band, originally from Sweden, met as teenagers while traveling in New Zealand. After falling in love with each other musically, the friends decided to travel the streets and stages of the world together. Over the years, numerous songs have been written and were recorded in their studio ‘Röda Paradise’, a red wooden hut in the south of Stockholm. The five-piece band recently played their biggest tour with concerts all over Europe and we were invited to pioneering showcase festivals such as Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.
The new songs tell the stories from a fictional world with its own heroes, characters and culture. The Bland’s indie pop meets Latin vibes. It sounds like an exuberant night of dancing, freedom and joie de vivre.
With La Hata Vitoye, we want to create more than just music.
Axel Öberg, singer and songwriter from The Bland says:, “When we were on tour in Germany last February, we heard about the first Corona cases. Over the next few months, as a practicing doctor in Sweden, I saw how social isolation harmed people. With La Hata Vitoye we want to try to look at life differently again, to come together and share a positive attitude towards life. This place called La Hata Vitoye, which we are talking about, will become a real actual place at our own festivals next summer. And we can’t wait to meet as many as possible there. If the situation permits.”
The release of the first single La Hata Vitoye, on August 28th, marks the beginning of a new story from The Bland - at the same time it is an invitation for all to become a part of it.
Management & Booking (World Wide):
ALL ROOMS, Stefan Schumacher
+49 30 53218819
Label & Pr: Germany, Switzerland, Austria
Backseat, Sebastian Król
+49 40 63745470
United Stage, Caroline Dickson
Rocketta Booking, Paolo Mei