AfterÂ we fell head over heels in love with their debut album, The Worries, weÂ at the 405 were delighted toÂ putÂ some questions to the best thing to come out of Denmark since Peter Schmeichel. Can you tell me how and whenÂ the bandÂ got together? The fun version: We met on this speed-dating service...
The boring version: Daniel and I got together and then we met Lasse and Gert through various bands, which they quit to join forces with the amazing Mimas!
It shows in your music that you are all obviously very talented musicians, how long have you been playing your instruments for?
We're not better than, say, Steve Vai or Les Claypool.
We've all been playing for some 10 years, except Lasse he played drums in this band 'Johan Sebastian Bach'.
WhenÂ I was 13Â I saw a band called Cecil and they blew me away, completely changing my life,Â can you pinpoint a defining moment in your life when you knew you wanted to make music?
Daniel: I saw Gary Moore playing 'Still Got The Blues'... I think... Or maybe I saw Scorpions. I can't remember.
Gert: I was really inspired by the music lessons in elementery school.. We played very bad songs.
SnÃ¦var: I was playing a video game while listening to Metallicas Master Of Puppets.. So I started playing guitar...
Lasse: I was to join Johan Sebastian Bach when I was 10 cause he won in Foozball.
Did you have any initial aims with regards to your sound or the content of your songsÂ when you formed theÂ band?
Daniel: A mix between Gary Moore and Sigur RÃ³s.
SnÃ¦var: No, not really. We don't really have any intentions with the music except just having fun, and hoping that others have fun listening to us as well. Afterwards we'll have a huge party and get drunk and kiss everyone.
Daniel: We wanted more bad language in the world
How has the writing process changed since the early days?
SnÃ¦var: Good question, cause at this moment we're kind of changing regarding to that. We want to record some songs in February which kind of puts some pressure on us, I guess we're a bit more focused now that before. And songs come together a lot faster now than before.
Daniel: In the early days someone would bring some riffs or something to the rehearsal room, now we kind of make everything together.
Lasse: It hasn't changed. Chuck Norris has.
Your songs seem to build organically, is this a natural dynamic within the band or was it a concious decision?
Gert: Yes and no.
Daniel: Yes or no.
Daniel (To SnÃ¦var): Tell him it's not a concious decision SnÃ¦var.
SnÃ¦var: Whenever songs build organically it's definitely just us doing what we do, but when things get technical we tend to jabber a lot in the rehearsal room... So... it's not a concious decision, I guess.
You have a sound that is instantly recognisable as your own, do youÂ reject a lot of ideas on the way to achieving this? do youÂ striveÂ toÂ have a definitive identity?
SnÃ¦var: When we start doing a song we tend to jam for 30-40 minutes, and than we kind of work through all that and try to make a pop song. I don't think many bands do that. So maybe thats why! We try to sound a bit different, but I don't really think we're revolutionary.
YourÂ the music is often very grand and serious, while the lyrics possess a wide-eyed almost childlike eloquence,Â givingÂ the often dark subject matter a playful charm.Â Is it strange for you to be singing about some of the darker facets of society while the audience are grinning away like madmen?Â Was that the intention?
SnÃ¦var: I really like singing about the more ironic sides of family-life and peoples weird needs for security and obscure sex. I definitely like humorous lyrics above sad ones. A journalist called the lyrics Monty Python-esque recently. I think that covers it pretty well.
Daniel: I don't write the lyrics, but I definitely perfer SnÃ¦vars lyrics above other bands writing about crappy stuff like lost love and I Kissed a Girl.
Gert: I think you should sing like JÃ³nsi and Sting.
I've seen how much audiences differ in different towns within the UK but how do the audiences differ from country to country? Where is your favourite place to play?
Daniel: We've been lucky with the crowds in England, as we're getting a lot of great feedback. It's also cool to play in Denmark, but many people don't really 'get' our kind of music. They like Alphabeat more.
SnÃ¦var: We havn't had the chance to play anywhere except Denmark and England, but we'll be touring Europe next summer. I'm going to have a croissant in France. Although I'd perfer a full English Breakfast.
Gert: I like Alphabeat aswell and I'm looking forward to experiencing other countries.
What was the first and last record that you bought?
Gert: The first was 'Like a Virgin' by Madonna an the last one was Portisheads 'Third'. It was for my mum.
Daniel: The last one I got was Pantera. Both 'Vulgar Display of Power' and 'Far Beyond Driven'. The first one probably Van Halen or something.
SnÃ¦var: The first one I got was Michael Jacksons 'Dangerous' and today I bought Okkervil River 'The Stand Ins'. It's good.
Lasse: The first one I got was 'Cutfather and Soulshocks': Greatest Hits.
SnÃ¦var, Daniel and Gert: Who?
Lasse: And the latest one was 'Why?': Elephant Eyelash.
What was the lastÂ thing that really inspired you?
Daniel: Last rehearsal session. I know it's gay.
SnÃ¦var: Probably 'Burn After Reading' by the Coen Brothers.
Gert: The last thing that really inspired me must be Battles live at this years Roskilde Festival.
After seeing you play my friend wants to marry you, all of you, shall i hook you up with her?
Daniel: Is she on Facebook?
SnÃ¦var: We only do online relationships, so if that's ok..? We could share photos and watch a clip on youtube together about a setting sun.
Gert: You can marry her.
Lasse: Can I marry you, wil?
What can we expect fromÂ Mimas in the future? When are you coming back to the UK?
SnÃ¦var: We're gonna try and record a new album in the spring, and we'll probably go on a biiiig tour in June. Other than that we're going to try and change ourselves into the squareroot of 5.
SnÃ¦var: Is that the answer?
Gert: Yes, to everything.
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AfterÂ we fell head over heels in love with their debut album, The Worries, weÂ at the 405 were delighted toÂ putÂ some questions to the best thing to come out of Denmark since Peter Schmeichel. Can you tell me how and whenÂ the bandÂ got together? The fun version: We met on this speed-dating service...The boring version: Daniel and I got together and then we met Lasse and Gert through various bands, which they quit to join forces with the amazing Mimas! It shows in your ... (continued)