Love Is All’s latest release, A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night, is is a devilishly contagious amalgam of pop and punk, done sublimely, as only this bustling Swedish five-piece can.  Seeing them live, whether at a secret show inside a remote Brooklyn gallery or at a proper downtown venue, confirms them as all the more flawless, since one of the best facets of their music stems from the band’s quirky collective personality. When Love Is All performs, (excuse the trite phrase to come), magic happens.  Irony and explosive humor abounds in all they do, so it makes sense that singer Josephine Olausson’s answers to our short Q & A are almost as sweet and sassy as the band’s latest songs.


Since you work on song arrangements together, does it take long for you to settle on a finished song?

Yes. it almost always takes forever, and even once we think we’re all done and happy, someone always comes up with something genius and we have to start over again. Democracy is hard work.

How is your new sax player James Ausfahrt holding up?  We were very fond of watching him at the party you played in Brooklyn last month and even gave him a sip of our beer.

He’s doing perfectly well. He is still such a pleasant addition to our group. so young and so enthusiastic, and he keeps on acquiring new thrift store toys for the van to keep us all happy.

Though it wasn’t planned, your “bleeding forehead” at the Brooklyn party was quite a rock and roll moment.  Have you ever been injured during a performance before?

My knees have been scraped a bunch of times before, and I always tend to hit myself, keeping the beat with a drumstick on my shoulder, which leaves terrible bruises. I’ve chipped small parts of my front teeth off on the mic… but I’m not sure there’s ever been blood on stage [before].


Did you have any concerns or fears about living up to your debut album?  Why did it take three years to release it?

Of course. It’s hard, if not impossible, not to think about those things as you are working on a sequel, but fairly early in the process, we decided to try and concentrate on just making the best album we could. It took us three years because we were busy touring for a long time after the debut was released, and cuz we are such slow people, obviously.

Your lyrics and rhymes are amazingly clever.  Are you a harsh judge of your own writing and do you edit lyrics until they are perfect?

Thank you. I am actually the opposite of a harsh judge when it comes to almost everything I do. It takes a long time before I get in the mood to write something, but once I do it usually happens pretty fast.

How do you as a band manage to always see the light side of tragedy?  It makes for quite an engaging set of songs.  I think the Hundred Things album even surpasses the first and is my favorite of the year.

Well, double thank you! I’m not sure there is a specific recipe for us as far as seeing the light side of tragedy… I’m not sure we even do. We can be pretty grumpy sometimes, but I think that we just really like playing music together and that it’s hard to resist having an awesome time when were on stage or in our studio.

What do you think of being called “one of the best Swedish Exports of the decade” in various articles?  Quite an accomplishment I’d say!

Yeah, especially since the competition consists of new Ikea furniture, new Volvo models, new Saabs and a lot of other mass-produced crap.–Madeline Virbasius-Walsh/photos by Tim Nestor

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