We took some time out to interview The Magnettes, a fearless 21st Century fuck-pop trio who think ugly and weird is cool and that the patriarchy needs to be crushed. Right now.
Let’s get to know them better!
Hello! When did your interest in music begin?
We grew up with music all around us. People playing folk songs on accordions and stuff like that. Rebecka and Tomas both grew up with dads who played in bands. Sanna just knew all the words to a lot of drinking songs when she was very little. When we started playing in bands we played punk. Then we got older and sadder, did the singer/songwriter thing, started going to clubs and eventually we were in a pop band together.
Where did the name The Magnettes come from?
Pajala had a brief stint as a mining boom town a couple of years back. They were mining for magnetite, investing heavily and things started looking really bright for our little town until everything went to hell and people lost their jobs and money. So we took that cause of crushed dreams and went for a 50’s/60’s vibe band name and we were The Magnettes.
What did you grow up listening to?
Sanna and Rebecka listened to Tegan & Sara and Avril Lavigne in their teens. Tomas was into The Beatles and Ebba Grön (Swedish 70’s/80’s punk band). We bonded over our mutual love for Costello, Bikini Kill and Talking Heads and we all love Robyn and Spice Girls.
How would you describe your relationship with each other?
We’re best friends. Really close. We talk all the time and rely heavily on each other. People often believe Sanna and Rebecka are twins, which we’re sad to say they’re not. They’re not even related. Sorry. But they’ve known each other since they were 6 years old and their moms once dressed them up the same way for a school photo (which we used as a single cover once). We’ve known each other for eight years now and the band’s been the three of us since around 2013-2014.
What is your creative process when you’re composing?
It differs a lot, but Rebecka and Tomas do most of the writing. We usually collect cool ideas on our own and then try to hammer down a lot of songs at once, often four in one day, when we actually get a chance to write together. The important part is getting the story and the lyrics right, which tends to go a lot faster and easier when we’re in the same room (or plane or car).
Who do you highly rate in the music scene at the moment?
Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Lorde, Neiked, Nicki Minaj, Mura Masa
Artists you’d like to collaborate with?
Kathleen Hanna, Rich White Ladies, Robyn, Mura Masa, Joakim Åhlund