The members of The Sun Days hail from Gothenburg, Sweden but don’t even try to compare them to Swedish songbirds ABBA. Perhaps lead singer Elsa Fredriksson channels a bit of their crystal clear vocals, but her voice is for real, as is the unstoppable songwriting talent and musicianship in each of these five twenty-somethings.
Simon Boontham on rhythm guitar and Joe Enocsson on lead, Erik Bjarnar on drums and Johan Ramnebrink on bass set the standard for the band’s driving, melodic indie pop-rock sound. A little bit Cranberries, a little bit a-ha, and a whole lot of The Smiths with a hint of The Lightning Seeds shine through in their sound. Their influences, they report, are “very clear: Beatles and Ventures combined with local [Swedish] pop heroes: Broder Daniel, Bad Cash Quartet and Makthaverskan.” Despite comparisons to the latter band, they argue that they are completely different.
The five come from various backgrounds to create this stand-alone sound. Johan and Simon played in a band at the local kulturskola (a spare-time school for music and arts) where Joe was the drummer for an ensemble covering Toto and Status Quo songs. Erik was involved in the electronic music scene and “Elsa is just a natural.” While Johan and Simon claim roots in the punk scene, Joe cites an affection for death metal from a young age. While Joe writes most of the songs, everyone contributes in their own way to make the songs what they are.