SXSW 2015 Interview: Nils Törnqvist and Petter Winnberg of Amason

By on Wednesday, 25th March 2015 at 1:00 pm

One of the biggest challenges for a music editor is fitting in every artist and band you want to see somewhere in your week in Austin during SXSW. Some misses are unavoidable and you can’t fret too much about it, and with other acts, sometimes it’s just not in the cards to catch others. Swedish supergroup Amason, who I had tipped at a SXSW 2015 Bands to Watch back in February, had a full week of gigs planned and yet the only way I found to squeeze them into my schedule was to depart Friday morning after eating at the full Irish breakfast early (Carrie’s review of that afternoon at B.D. Riley’s forthcoming) and running over to the Sweden showcase taking place early at FLOODfest, presented by Lyve at Cedar Street Courtyard, where Amason was one of three Swedish bands on the early bill.

I totally made the right decision. Despite storm clouds looming above us, Amason banged out an absolutely brilliant set practically right before the skies opened and poured heavy rain on and off on us all day and evening. ‘Duvan’, with Amanda Bergman’s smoky vocals that most everyone is comparing to the young Stevie Nicks of the pre-Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham/Nicks era, nearly brought tears to my eyes with its beauty. The driving rhythm of ‘Älgen’ proved irresistible to the FLOODfest goers who just happened to arrive early and got a special treat from a band they’d previously never heard of, and I was more than happy to put the new fans straight on the correct spelling of the band’s name.

After their set, I was whisked upstairs to the VIP bar where I awaited to meet up with Nils Törnqvist (drums and percussion) and Petter Winnberg (bass) to chat about their time in Austin and their debut album ‘Sky City’, which has already received kudos stateside from NPR. Listen to my interview with the pair below.

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