Compiled by: Jack Foley
THEY'VE supported The Libertines and are due to return to the
UK with Snow Patrol, while their latest single is creating quite
some buzz despite, so who are The Unisex?
Hailing from Sweden, the sextet are Jonas Linde (vocals); Andreas
Linde (drums and back up vocals); Kristofer Löfgren (lead
guitars and back up vocals); Henrik Boman (bass guitar and back
up vocals); Anders Rask (guitar), and Andreas Båvemark (piano,
Rhodes and organ).
Between them, they conjure up a 'glorious good-time racket' which,
according to their website, would have 'the needle flickering
at the exact mid-point between the kitsch-thrills of The Hives
and the psychedelic fizz of Soundtrack Of Our Lives'.
However, success did not come overnight, as Jonas explains...
"Our first band was called Drain. My parents had a good
record collection so I was listening to The Beatles and the Rolling
Stones from when I was seven or eight, but by the time we formed
the band at school, we were very influenced by GunsNRoses
"Wed do covers of Lithium. Yknow, typical
teenage, depressed stuff...
Having gravitated toward Stockholm the band, then a four-piece,
found themselves propping up the local live circuit.
For a while, in the late-nineties, curious gig-goers in the
Swedish capital would find themselves bearing witness to both
Girl and The New Centre Band.
"We were finding our way," continued Jonas. "There
were four of us in the group at the time and we were finding the
"For a while, I was just screaming instead of singing. But
when I would try and actually sing, everybody would tell me that
I had a good voice. By this time we were listening to a lot of
Paul McCartney and the songs we were writing started to reflect
With the addition of rock-solid rhythm guitarist, Anders Rask,
and party-animal keyboard wizard, Andreas Jasse Bavanmark,
the band set about writing sweetly flavoured guitar pop with an
For all the debts The Unisex owe to The Beatles and The Doors
at their most lysergically melodic, rock anthropologists will
find much in their psych-pop approach to trace antecedents in
both The Hellacopters and long-lost Swedish legends, Atomic Swing.
Having built up a following on the strength of their live shows,
the band were eventually discovered by UK management company,
The next thing, they were on 12-hour ferry trip to England, to
a support slot at the Manchester Apollo.
"Weve always been influenced by British music, so
it was great to come over and play to a big audience," explains
Jonas stoically. "Its all a learning curve for us.
We may be going on over-night ferries now, but in five years time
well be playing on the moon."
The debut single was called Take Me Higher, and was described
by the NME as being like The Stone Roses playing on an iceberg,
but it has quickly been followed by Pigs and their Farms,
a double-A side EP, which includes a remix by Archive.
"I think thats part of the attraction of pop music
for us," explains Jonas. "Weve got songs like
Take Me Higher, Magic Carpet and Friday Tonight which,
when you first hear them, seem like simple songs about obvious
"But theres always another meaning to it with us.
Nothing is ever quite as it seems. We want people to get the feeling
that we're not just a bright shiny pop group."