Amid a Danish music scene dominated by pop music comes a bright new hope in the form of exciting emerging grunge rock quartet Some Kind Of Liberty.
Inspired by the grunge movement that emerged from Seattle in the 1990s, the Copenhagen quartet of Frederik Parnam (lead vocals), Johan Julius Jensen (guitar), Julius Lundbjerg (bass) and Frej Visti (drums) have harnessed the ghosts of that era in both their music and their approach. They are big advocates of creating music the way it was supposed to be created – in a communal rehearsal space, tweaked and experimented on until every band member is happy with it.
And the result is pretty damn impressive, if debut single Tie My Hands (To My Head), which was released last Friday (9 August), is anything to go by.
It opens up with a little bass riff with screechy guitars giving way to a cool descending riff and plenty of lively drums. That gives way to a verse of Fredrik’s vocals supported by bursts of guitar, then stabbing chords come in during a brief chorus. Second time around it’s extended with the lines “I’m nothing but a solid believer, I was a nightmare then, Now I’m a dreamer,” then gives way to a more laid-back verse with only drums in support.
A third chorus is followed by big booming guitars under repeats of “I was a nightmare then,” which increase in intensity then it drops out bar a low bass lick. More intense vocals suddenly return to bring the track to a strong ending. Check it out in the video below:
We had a chat with the band to find out what’s in store as they prepare for the launch of their debut album next month.
GR: Who are Some Kind Of Liberty?
SLK: “We’re a Copenhagen-based rock-grunge band that uses music as an outlet for everyday life. We’ve got an analogue approach to writing as well as recording our music. Our music is conceived in our common rehearsal space and is birthed after months of tweaking, re-writing and experimenting in the studio. It’s important for us that everyone in the band feels the song.
“Originally the band was put together by lead singer Frederik and Julius, by request of Frederik’s then-girlfriend in 2015. It didn’t take long to find common music ground, and within the month, Frej and Johan were part of the setup.
“Frederik met his girlfriend in the Copenhagen nightlife. Julius, Frej and Johan all knew her through their university studies. She felt that Frederik and Julius would be a good musical match, which was true. However, the romantic relationship wasn’t. Even though everyone lost contact with her, she still partly exists in the lyrical universe around Some Kind Of Liberty.”
GR: We don’t hear from too many Danish bands. What are your thoughts on the current Danish music scene?
SKL: “The Danish music scene, in general, is very focused on pop and urban music. So, unfortunately, there is not a lot of room for rowdy rock music.”
GR: You just released Tie My Hands (To My Head). What should people be expecting from the song?
SKL: Tie My Hands is a no-bullshit rock song that’s full of energy, loud guitar and drums. The song depicts an internal struggle of self-perception and self-justice.
“The lyrics are built up by a duality. The duality in knowing what you WANT and what you SHOULD. It’s about trying to build bridges between the rational and emotional senses – tie my hands to my head.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
SKL: “Eddie Vedder goes into a bar, orders a drink, smokes a cigarette. A charming, handsome fella chats him up. ‘I’m Jimmy Page. Wanna join me in the bathroom stall?’ They conceived a beautiful baby boy and named him Some Kind Of Liberty.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
SKL: “We tend to let the music decide the theme of the lyrics. For us lyrics are just as important as the music, but the lyrics are based on what emotions the music brings forth.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
We are all influenced by many different artists ranging from Tool to Manu Chao. The common ground in Some Kind Of Liberty, however, is bands like Rival Sons, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Alice In Chains, Kashmir (Danish rockband), Alabama Shakes, Foo Fighters, Peter Belli (Danish legend), and The Beatles.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
SKL: “The next big thing for Some Kind Of Liberty is the release of our debut album on 13 September 13. Digitally on all streaming platforms and of course on vinyl.”