Track Of The Day: The Magnettes – ‘American’

Having previously wowed us live at The Finsbury with the colourful charisma and intense energy of their performance, and with acclaim from the likes of Earmilk and The 405, Swedish duo Rebecka Digervall and Sanna Kalla – aka The Magnettes – have returned to our ears with a brand new single.

More mellow in sound than past offerings, ‘American’ builds on the band’s love-hate relationship with the country and all they’ve learnt from it. Oozing a sweeping emotion alongside instantly infectious glistening melodies and honey-sweet vocals, it builds to a soaring pop anthem. Whilst revealing a more reflective side to the duo, ‘American’ maintains all the sparkling, empowering energy that we’ve come to know and love.

Of the track, the band explain:

“We have a problem with America. Or maybe with ourselves. America is the things we love and the things we hate. Since we were babies it taught us what love was and how to live the dream, and like junkies we swallowed it in chunks. Dylan, Denny’s and Dawson’s Creek, the twists and turns of teenage drama, extra salt, extra sugar. We viewed the world through that filter and plastered American Romance on our surroundings, until slowly but surely we realised what we already had was kind of OK too.”


Produced by Tomas Bäcklund Tuneström, ‘American’ is out now.

Mari Lane

Photo Credit: Annica Zion


Get In Her Ears Live at The Finsbury w/ The Magnettes, 10.11.17

Following a host of super amazing bands playing for us over the last year – including H.Grimace, REWS, Trash Kit, The Empty Page, Kid Cupid and Deux Furieuses – we were back at The Finsbury last Friday for our monthly dose of incredible live music.

Kicking off the night is the utterly captivating, and truly dreamy, sounds of Carolyn’s Fingers. With their haunting, ethereal splendour, they cast a spell over us all in an instant.

Next up we’re privileged to host DIDI with her first full band show. Oozing all the energy-fuelled, empowering vibes and punk-pop joy, it’s a truly uplifting set – and hopefully the first of many that this collective have to offer.

Having travelled down from Birmingham to play for us, penultimate artist of the night MeMe Detroit delivers all the reverb-strewn riffs and gritty, soulful vocals you could ever desire. With a unique sonic force, and an incredible rousing magnetism, she delivers a wonderfully raucous set.

Drawing the night to a close is something we’ve been extremely excited about: we’re honoured that The Magnettes have travelled all the way from Sweden for Get In Her Ears! Set on crushing the patriarchy with their own unique brand of ‘fuck-pop’, the trio succeed in completely blowing us away. Steeped in a Riot Grrrl-inspired passion, with added sparkly pop sensibilities, donning their matching ‘Psycho Witch’ cheer-leading outfits, front-women Rebecka and Sanna treat us to something truly memorable and a little bit spooky; with fun-filled energy and empowering force in equal measure, it’s the perfect end to the night.

Huge thanks to the four bands who played for us! And don’t miss our next night at The Finsbury on 8th December, when we’ll have Temples Of Youth, Chorusgirl, HMS Morris and The Gravity Drive – another unmissable lineup!


Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles 

Photos: Jess McPhee / @jayeliza_