The guys in The Bland first met in a park of New Zeeland. Quiet a strange place to meet for a Swedish band, but that’s how it went down. Guitarist Anton had brought a guitar and soon after starting playing singer Axel joined in and a musical connection was made in an instant. A connection Axel later on has said he had been waiting all his teens to find.
Weeks of playing continued and they then had to separate due to travel plans. After a goodbye-late-session of table tennis they made a promise to stay in contact.
When back in their home country, Sweden, chance brought them together and Axel Öberg managed to rent a big house so they all could move in together. For the first time The Bland had a rehearsal (the basement).
Not thinking much about career, the guys tagged along a friend’s project selling milkshakes on festivals, where they in-between their shifts played songs for entertainment. Without telling who they were, a small production company joined them every time they play after hearing The Bland’s folky pop fuzzing away in the Swedish sun. Little did The Bland know that they, just a few years after, would stand on one of the biggest stages of that very festival - after shooting a music video with yeah, that company.
So basement rehearsing and busking suddenly turned to touring and that’s what the guys in The Bland are up to now. If you catch them on tour you will probably be able to grab a glass with them. That’s how things are with The Bland.
Oh, and they’re recording as well. They’re apparently going to release an album in late august 2019. I heard some of it, it’s fucking great.
Written by a friend.
"The Music World's best kept secret"
- Sveriges Radio (SR) - Sweden's radio.
”The Bland deserves to operate in their own genre with their modern touch”
- King Magazine
”With great musical energy and an all through strong repertoar The Bland took the audience, venue and atmosphere with storm - only with naturalness”
- Nerikes Allehanda (NA)
”They never lose me. The Bland has created something new, something magic”
- ST - Sundsvalls Tidning
- Meadow Music
”The Bland played as established stars from start to finish”
- Uppsala Nya Tidning (UNT)
"The Bland will make fans of Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, The Rolling Stones and The Band very satisfied”
"The Bland was a serious musical explosion tonight"
"The Bland has extended the current Swedish music climate with a new dimension."
"With their lineup of mandolin, banjo, double bass and the great vocals of Axel Öberg, the Bland feels more like southern America than a city in Närke, Sweden.
- PSL (Swedish Television)
"Some say they are the music world's best-kept secret, others that they merge the 1970s with the 2010s in a way making both nostalgics and reformers sigh as of pleasure"
- Sveriges Radio (Sweden's Radio)