J-14 is scouting out the hottest bands around... and this week's pick is Those Dancing Days.
Here are five things you need to know about Those Dancing Days, whose sophomore album, Daydreams and Nightmares, drops this week!
Those Dancing Days is made up of five girls from Sweden -- singer Linnea JÃ¶nsson, guitarist Rebecca Rolfart, drummer Cissi Efraimsson, keyboardist Lisa Pyk WirstrÃ¶m, and bassist Mimmi Evrell. In 2005, Lisa, Cissi, and Rebecca decided to start a new band after Lisa and Cissi's first one dissolved, and Linnea and Mimmi joined them later. Mimmi came up with the name after seeing the Led Zeppelin tune "Dancing Days" on her iPod. "We put our personal twist to it: a 'Those' instead of 'The,' because all bands are named something with 'The,'" Rebecca tells J-14. "We wanted to be special."
Those Dancing Days came up with the music for their single, "I'll Be Yours," perfect coming up with words for it. "Since it became a really happy, feel-good tune, we wanted to write the lyrics after that mood," Rebecca explains. "It is about love and friendship, the strongest and most important kind that you'll do anything for, and they would do the same for you. It is like a tribute song for love and happiness."
All of the songs off Daydreams and Nightmares are important to the band, but Rebecca says that "When We Fade Away" is especially important to them. "The song is so sensitive but still strong, and we all know the story behind it," she says. "Every song is personal -- that is what songs are."
The first CD Rebecca ever bought was Together Alone by Anouk -- but it wasn't on purpose! "I was a huge fan of Alanis Morissette but I mixed her up with Anouk and came home very disappointed," she says.
Rebecca likes looking at videos on her phone to remind her of home when she's on the road. "I look at the same movie, about 7 seconds long, where my boyfriend reads Tintin and listens to music," she says. "I was supposed to take a picture, but since my phone is like a spaceship, it chose to make a video instead. But it's good -- with that short film, I can fool myself that I'm sitting on the floor at home when homesickness arrives."
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