Nelson Can Playlist
Trio from Copenhagen ❄
Can you tell us a bit about you?
My name is Signe, I am the bass player in the Danish trio Nelson Can alongside Maria who plays the drums and Selina who is the lead singer.
How would you describe yourself?
Above everything I am a nerd. A stubborn nerd. I love to learn new things and how they work and then try to do the exact opposite and see if I can challenge it. I don’t believe in perfect systems and I think it is important to always challenge systems whatever kind of systems they might be. Same thing goes for our band. In Nelson Can we make dense melodic pop-rock with a dogmatic approach where we do not use chord instruments, which make it sound minimalistic and bombastic at the same time. It’s just drums, bass and killer vocals.
What other career could we imagine for you?
If we were to have another career it would probably still involving creating something with our hands like food, furniture or art – or something completely mind-blowing like trying to find a way to breathe under water. Either way it would have to be something ambitious, because we are ambitious people.
What does Music mean to you?
Music is a language that everyone understands somehow and music is a way of communicating and expressing what you have inside when the words in your own language don’t seem adequate. Music is, above everything, a way to communicate and it creates some kind of coherence in this otherwise chaotic world.
Favorite project you worked on?
Nelson Can. By far. The band opens so many doors for all three of us and it allows us to grow both as artists but also as human beings. We are like a little family and we when we grow, we grow together, like a string of lilies connected by rhizomes.
Your worst nightmare? Most beautiful dream?
Censorship must be the worst nightmare for any kind of art. Even though the restrictions in themselves might fuel the fire that burns inside (wo)mankind.
The most beautiful dream is love. Love exists everywhere, and we don’t have to just dream about it, we can to choose to trust it and live by it.
We are currently working on our next record and hopefully it won’t be long before you get to hear it. We have been overwhelmed with the positive response we got to our last record ‘EP3’ and it has filled us with hope and belief, which is important for us to continue being creative.
…What were you doing Saturday night?
Saturday night we celebrated our sound technician Jessica’s birthday. It means a lot for us to surround ourselves with talented and sweet people and she is both and we love having her on our team.
– What do you have in your pockets right now?
A headset for my phone so I can listen to podcasts when I bike around the city. I prefer the podcasts where people tell about something really nerdy like nocebo/placebo effects or the genetic differences between the Zebras in the North and South of Africa.
…A last word in French for our French readers?
Eh… Croissant? 😀
About Nelson Can :
Just occasionally a band come along who blow your mind with a record so good you know you’ve got no recourse other than to try and sign them. So we were delighted to announce the signing of Danish trio Nelson Can, who released a string of singles leading to a brand new EP in the Autumn. Catching the attention of Huw Stephens, John Kennedy, Chris Hawkins on 6, Amazing Radio and Kerrang – they hit no.1 in the Danish viral (and vinyl) chart, sold out of the first EP pressing – and toured with Jaws in the UK. Oh, and did we say they were on the front cover of Politiken, Gaffa, and covered by Music Week, Upset, DIY, Wonderland, The Independent, NME, DiS and TLOBF..? Thought so!
Back to the beginning… The trio was founded in 2011 and started out as an outright lie – there was no band. Nelson Can just really wanted to tell people that they were in one, so they did.
As it is with most lies there’s always a point at which you either have to come clean, or find a clever way to cover it up, and that’s basically how Nelson Can came into existence. It was too embarrassing to admit they didn’t have a band, so they decided to just go ahead and make one. What could possibly go wrong?
With a noticeable lack of guitars, their back-to-basics, drum and bass orientated sound is original and simple, inspired by acts like The White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
In the last few years the band have toured across most of Europe, supporting the likes of The Black Keys and Royal Blood. Their music has been featured in campaigns for major brands like Volkswagen and Vespa. They have been banned in China (yeah, that happened). They’ve gotten great reviews in Rolling Stone Magazine in the USA, Germany and Spain and they have been regulars on Danish national radio for years.
Nelson Can also run their own record label in Denmark called Like a Can of Beans Records where they release music from local upcoming talent. There’s never a quiet moment with this band, reflected in their highly energetic shows that never fail to impress!