Signed to buzz independent label, Playground Music in Sweden, Strip Music emerged from the dissolving of popular Stockholm band Yvonne. They had gained a sizeable core fan base in Sweden, and thanks to a European tour with International Noise Conspiracy, had support from further afield, but when genuine musical differences forced the members apart, frontman Henric de la Cour and bassist Christian Berg decided on a more minimalistic approach from the goth/synth style of Yvonne.
Starting with the basic idea of only two chords max every song, only two instruments and only lyrics about love, in time Strip Music evolved into a six-piece whose music was described by Vice Magazine in Sweden as ‘Joy Division meets early Manics’. More specifically, their debut album, gives us 45 epic minutes of Joy Division bleakness meets OMD pop joy meets U2 arena dynamics meets Suicide’s synth attack meets the shadowy, trance-like qualities of The Cure. All held together by Henric’s melancholic lyrical style and dynamic vocals, it’s signature Strip Music.
Taking all their influences and putting them in the melting pot, Strip Music are decidedly doing their own thing. Asked who his hero is, frontman Henric cites Blixa Bargeld from Einsturzende Neubauten, who recently performed in London, on April 5th, as part of their 25th Anniversary Tour, leaving de le Cour gutted to have returned to Stockholm just missing their show. “He’s the coolest musician ever…On one record he plays the cigarette. That’s inspiring to me. No boundaries at all.”