ROLLED UP SLEEVES is a young Danish band that everybody into punked up rock’n’roll should keep an ear out for. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Rolled Up Sleeves was formed in 2014 at school. The whole purpose of our band has transitioned from being fun and games, to being a way of expressing frustration, whether it’s in regard to love, hate, the world, our selves or anything in between.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-We never really thought about creating our own sound. We started playing together for fun, made a few songs trying to copy Nirvana, got tired of that eventually and just started doing our own thing. All of us have very different music tastes and it can be a complicated process satisfying everybody, but we always end up with songs that all of us are 100% satisfied with. We try not to let other bands and trends dictate our style. Usually we just try to create or recreate a feeling. No one ever brings a finished song to rehearsal. Someone plays a riff and we just go with the flow until we have a song.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-The school we went to, had great recording options which we made use of, with some assistance from a sound technician and other students at our school. On the streets of Denmark’s larger cities, it is not hard to find an amateur or a professional producer. You just need to be able to finance it, which sucks.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-When we think of a great album, it usually has a consistent theme. If we feel like a newly finished track fits our other tracks, we would naturally want to put them together in an album or ep and create one big experience, instead of 4-12 smaller ones.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-The results of this newer listening culture, might be the end of purchasing records, but we don’t know. Surely people will keep making songs and albums… whether or not anyone is going to pay for what artists create, only time will tell. Guess bands will have to do some more live-shows maybe.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Either people really enjoy what we do on stage, or they leave pretty quickly. People seem to either love or hate the energy we bring on stage.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-We’ve been mixed up with a British band that also calls themselves Rolled Up Sleeves. Sometimes we get tagged on the venue’s Facebook post when they have shows. We haven’t really made contact with them, but definitely got some attention from people who wouldn’t ever see our facebook page. The first time it happened we thought we had been booked for a show in England, we ended up disappointed though. Also pretty cool seeing people from places like Spain listening to our music.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-We definitely have a lot of friends from the underground rock-scene here in Denmark. We have played a lot of shows with a lot of guys that we really like, and it fuels us to keep on improving ourselves. If we hadn’t formed the band we probably wouldn’t have been friends. We actually started out hating each other. Our lives would be very different if we hadn’t started playing together.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live is the greatest feeling we know. We haven’t played live for a while it’s all we think about. Nothing beats it. Working on these projects that reflects ourselves and then being able to pour it all out over a crowd. You can’t compare that feeling to anything else.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We’re working om releasing a record in the near future. We have a few shows in the beginning of the autumn that we’re really looking forward to. Pretty much we’re going to do what we’ve always done. Have fun, write, play and fuck around. Hopefully we’ll end up still living the dream when we’re fifty, but who cares. As for now, we are having the time of our lives.