SKJØR (pronounced ‘sure’) are instantly impressive. The young Edinburgh band are much-heralded newcomers on Scottish soil and we’re not in the least surprised, because the four-piece make the sort of dreamy indie pop that’ll duly draw comparisons to both platinum-selling trio London Grammar and LA rockers Warpaint. It only takes a swift blast of their single ‘Self Control’ to be enraptured; the track couples contagious hooks and glacial atmospherics with just a drop of Orange Juice-esque funkiness. Second single ‘Living Without You’ is currently being produced by Idlewild guitarist Rod Jones and is set for release in the autumn, so we caught up with SKJØR to get to know them a little better.
How did SKJØR start out?
“SKJØR started out in late 2014 at Totally Sound, a music initiative aimed at building young peoples musical talent. The SKJØR today has evolved, with new members Jack Dorrian and Toni McVey joining the band in late 2016.”
What inspired your name?
“SKJØR is inspired by Louise McCraw’s adventures to Norway where she picked up on the name, which translates to ‘Fragile’ in English. It’s a name that describes the emotions of the band pretty well.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Influences range from bands such as Savages, Florence + the Machine, Two Door Cinema Club, Warpaint and Daughter.”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“There are loads of amazing bands going about right now. Some of our favourites include Mt. Doubt, Noah Noah and Indigo Velvet.”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for SKJØR?
“We will be playing Northern Roots Festival at the end of the month, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in August and Electric Fields Festival in September. We are also anticipating the release of our next single ‘Living Without You’ some point during the autumn. We have lots of other exciting stuff that will be announced soon!”