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Vita Bergen- Gothenburg, Sweden

Looking forward to including this one on our road trip playlist and around the campfire.

Vita Bergen is a cotton candy sky kind of soundtrack and make you feel hip again.

Just in time for summer their latest album, ‘Disconnection’ carries you from day into night.

Is your name Vita Bergen because that is where you met?

Robert: Actually the first time we met were as 8-year olds when our hockey teams played each other. William was the goalie and I was the center in the rival team.

Vita Bergen is a park area in central Stockholm, so people tend to think that we have a special relation to that place. But we’re from Gothenburg and the name has absolutely nothing to do with the park, so we just decided to ignore the connection. Vita Bergen means “the white mountains” in English.

Musically, what gives you chemistry?

William: Between the two of us? I suppose it’s because we’re super close friends and know almost everything about each other. We basically know how the other one’s brain works. At the same time we’re total opposites. Extremely different. That fuels a lot of things.

When it comes to external inspiration it could be almost anything. A car alarm, something your sister said when talking to a friend on the phone or whatever.

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Where was Disconnection recorded? Who produced the album and why?

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New Music to check out: Eastern Rise by Terence Jack

Eastern Rise was written about the different faces of love that we meet. It was sort of putting faces to those personalities and how when you’re with someone you’re meeting and romancing each of them.

I tend to write subliminally rather than literal about a specific event. I was going through such change in my life shedding all things that I had thought were my identity. It left me bare, and in a spot to be able to create. We sat with synthesizers, and drum machines and ran instruments through tape machines and just didn’t let fear or anything creep in.

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Our show we aim to be as dynamic as possible with lows and highs throughout the set. 3 part harmonies with some pretty anthemic sections and a ton of energy.

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The Archbishop, Truckers, The Pet Shop Boys &The Open Road

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With special thanks, written by: Dave Cheetham

I have to confess, even though I have lived through one previous incarnation of the Pet Shop Boys, I’ve never been what you would describe as a fan of their music. All that said, their electronic warbling has never particularly offended me either. 

With that lack of offence in their favour, when my dear old friend Kim at Fresh Independence called me and asked me if I would review the Pet Shop Boys Latest album I felt somewhat duty bound to rise to the  challenge.

So, after slipping a copy of the ‘Shoppers’ playlist into my car’s stereo,  dressed as an Archbishop, complete with staff and mitre,  I set off on the three and half hour journey to the Lake District and my brothers 50th birthday party.  Settling back into the drivers seat with my mitre tilted at an angle just jaunty enough to squeeze into the space between head an sunroof, I turned the keys, applied pedal ‘A’ and pressed the play button.

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