Getting to Know: Love in Stockholm

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In the latest edition of Getting to Know, we let Boston funk rockers Love in Stockholm tell us about themselves. You can catch the band’s next performance on Saturday, June 11 as part of the free Dedham Music & Art Festival.

Band Name
: Love in Stockholm

Band Members
Charlie Rockwell: Lead Vocals, Harmonica (Falmouth, MA)
Brendan McBrien: Guitar, Vocals (Salem, OR)
Dave Carroll: Sax (New York, NY)
Evan Sanders: Trumpet, Keyboard, Vocals (Cleveland, OH)
Alex Staley: Bass (Portland, OR)
Jesse Humphrey: Drums, Vocals (Cranston, RI)

A King’s Ransom (2010)
Too Much Love (2009, EP)


How did you form?

Most of us met as students at Boston University, except for Evan, who was one of Brendan’s music professors. We started out playing crowded, dingy basement parties in Allston, but as graduation loomed, we knew we had to keep it going. After the big day, our drummer and bass player left town, and we found our current rhythm section down the road at Berklee.

Who are some of your influences?

The Beatles, The Band and Sly and the Family Stone can characterize our influences as a band. As individuals, our influences are all over the place.

Finish the sentence, someone would like your band if they like…

…something different from what they’re used to but with a classic sound. And a good dance party.

What has your most memorable moment as a band been?

Playing to a sold-out crowd at Allston’s Harpers Ferry for our CD release, right in our back (or front?) yard. We miss that piece of Allston rock history.

Walk us through your songwriting process.

It usually starts with a song form by Brendan or a melody by Charlie. Those two things have to be the essence of the song. From there, it varies. Sometimes we’ll be at a rehearsal and learn and arrange a tune on the spot. Other times, it’s more involved, and we’ll e-mail around a rough GarageBand demo to get the ideas flowing. We all contribute, especially to our own instrumentals, but we also write each others’ lines a lot, too.

Who is the best musician in your band?

Are you trying to start a band civil war? Does anyone answer this question?

What is your favorite local venue?

We’ve gotta say Harpers Ferry because we haven’t gotten over its departure from this world yet.

What separates you from other local bands?

We have horns.

What do you have coming up that people should know about?

Tour, baby! We’re heading out as far as Iowa and back in June and July. Stops include Rochester, Pittsburgh, Chicago, some spots down south, NYC, and others.

Convince our readers to see your next show.

Boston Band Crush once called Charlie “an armed and fully-functioning singing battlestation.” Who wouldn’t want to see that in action?

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