Icona Pop, the duo of spunky Swedish girls taking over your ear drum waves playing on everything from “Girls” to “Glee.” These punk-rock pop stars self-describe their sound as “Bittersweet quirky pop with a lot of galloping drums and twisting synths.” BeatRoute got on the phone with one of these bad girls, Aino Jawo, while she was high up in northern Sweden getting ready to play a festival and party like Icona Pop knows how.
Icona Pop have been on an interesting musical journey playing tracks with The Knocks, Charlie XCX and getting remixed at every party worth going to. And apparently their parties get a little chaotic too.
“We party like it’s the last day of our lives. It’s just chaos. Because when we party it’s basically just mayhem,” Jawo says.
With the motto in their lyrics “Live Fast Die Young” these girls know how to live life like theirs no tomorrow. And their parties get a little ratchet.
“One night we had a party and we rented this party bus. It was driving around in Stockholm city and it was mayhem. We got up on the ceiling and were dancing on top of the party bus. It was called a party bus for a reason. And then the police stopped us but we got to keep the bus. Then we arrived at this cool club in Stockholm and people were just staring at us like ‘What the FUCK?’”
Their newest album is coming out this fall. Can you handle the heat they bring? It’s about to get raw.
“It’s going to be 11 tracks that are so personal. I think you can really hear this voyage in our musical journey of four years now. A lot of love drama but also mixed up with party songs, a very honest album.”
Music always been a apart of Jawo’s life and it influenced her sound today.
“Music has always been a huge part of my youth growing up in West Africa. The music culture over there is crazy. I remember I was at a concert when I was little and I watched my cousin play violin. I loved the sound of the violin, I thought it was someone crying, ‘WEeeoooo.’ Ha. That’s what came to mind when I was watching my cousin’s violin concert when I was five.”
Icona Pop have made a name for themselves in the music industry and they show no signs of slowing down. Caroline Hjelt’s mom even gave them their name that’s made such a bang into the scene.
“We were searching for a name for such a long time and Caroline’s mum was talking about us with Italian friends of hers. They were asking her what we do and she was like ‘Aino and Caroline have got this group” and they were like “oh! Icona Pop?’ Because it’s like a pop icon, are they going to be pop icons? She thought it sounded cool and so she text us and was like, ‘Hey girls, you should be Icona Pop.’ We are Icona Pop. It’s kinda cocky.”
Doesn’t a cocky woman turn you on? Apparently it also turns on randoms who spot them too.
“The worst I’ve ever been hit on was when a guy came up to me and he was like ‘Can I taste your lips?’ and I was like ‘Who the FUCK are you?’ I was in shock. I usually don’t even see that people are trying to hit on me. People have to be really clear like ‘Hey I’m hitting on you.’ That made me kinda like, ‘No you’re not tasting my lips.’ It’s disgusting. He came out of nowhere.“
Wondering what “Can I taste your lips” is in Swedish? Us too. Jawo filled us in.
“Jag vill smaka dina läppar.”
Want to taste these girls’ lips in Vancouver? Come to their show at The Commodore Ballroom September 3rd.
By Nicola StoreyBC, British Columbia