Interview – Joe & The Anchor

Joe & The Anchor are a Swedish band that I recently featured in a playlist about Nordic artists, with track Leaving You Now taking pride of place. Read the interview below and keep an ear out for when their new album drops!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Leaving You Now, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

Leaving You Now is a song about a broken relationship that you’ve tried to mend too many times and finally just decide to leave behind, even if it’s hard.

What does the title refer to?

The title refers to a love that is strong, but broken. Some couples are only meant to be in love but not meant to stay together. And that’s why it sometimes is better to leave it all behind.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Yes, it mostly affected our live shows which we’ve really missed. But we’ve used that time to focus on our music and our digital platforms.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

It differs at times, but our process is often Joakim writing the song, and then recording a demo on his phone, before he reworks it in Logic and then shows it to the rest of the band. And from there the song usually evolves pretty quickly, the guitarists add some guitar flavour and the drummer records or programs drums and adds vocal harmonies. Then usually Joakim produces and mixes it all together, before sending it to a final mix and master.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes! We’re releasing our third single from our upcoming album this month. It’s called Tonight and it drops on the 25th of February!

Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

Yes, we’ve been working hard to write and produce our first ever full length album. It consists of 10 songs that explore the theme of growing up, real adulthood and what comes with it, and we’re really proud of what we’ve made. The album Coming Of Age is coming for y’all haha!

What/who influences you most as artists?

That’s a tricky questions cause it’s really hard not to be influenced by everyone you see on social media these days. And it also constantly changes depending on what kind of music we’re making.

But right now we would say that artists like Haim, Maggie Rogers, Holly Humberstone and Lany really inspire us.

What have you been listening to recently?

A lot of female indie rock artists. Like we said we all love Haim, Maggie Rogers, Holly Humberstone and Olivia Rodriguez.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

We’re based in Malmö in Sweden, and the music scene is really special here. There was always a stage or venue to perform at when we grew up, thanks to some driven and passionate people, and there’s a lot of cultural work going on for a lot of talented up and coming artists.

Are you influenced by your surroundings?

In a way, we definitely take inspiration from our everyday lives to write music!

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

As things are starting to open up more again in Sweden, we’re definitely going back on the road, starting 5th of March when we’re performing at Babel in Malmö together with Swedish indie pop act Hemliga Klubben.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

I think people always can expect a lot of energy, and a lot of heart and soul in our music and live performances. We are very genuine people and always try to get everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy the show!

Any last words for the fans

Our debut album Coming Of Age is in the making and will drop this summer! Spread the world people!

Joakim, Viktor, Ruben and Robin