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De fyra tjejerna från Robertsfors Posted by on Feb 16, 2009 in Culture

You ask, I deliver. At least, I try to deliver. And since you asked about music, what better band to start with than our four local girls from Robertsfors? Yes, it’s Sahara Hotnights time!

I have to admit, I hadn’t been always a Sahara Hotnights fan. But my friend’s daughter subjected me to repeated doses of their album “What If Leaving Is a Loving Thing” and after a couple of listens I found myself singing “Cheek to Cheek” on my way home.

The band was named after a race horse. And if that’s not goofy enough for you, how about this? The girls got together when they were about 11 and 12 years old, reportedly out of boredom. And having been to Robertsfors, I can fully believe that. With all apologies to any Robertsfors readers, but your town is not exactly the most exciting place in Sweden, or even in Västerbotten, if you know what I’m saying.

But thanks to those dull Robertsfors winters now we have great girl power rock from Sahara Hotnights.

What kind of music do they play? Just listen for yourself:

“Cheek to Cheek” was the most played song on the Swedish radio in 2007. And the second most played song? “Visit to Vienna” by guess whom? Yep. Also Sahara Hotnights.

Why am I talking about this band right now and not some other? Because after a long silence their fifth full-length album is going to be released on February 25th. And it’s about time, if you want to know my opinion. Needless to say, I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.

And here are a few upcoming Swedish tour dates for Sahara Hotnights:

  • 2009-03-14 Luleå at -30° Kulturens hus
  • 2009-04-01 Stockholm at Södra Teatern
  • 2009-04-03 Lund at Mejeriet
  • 2009-04-04 Göteborg at Storan
  • 2009-04-10 Norrköping at Louis De Geer-hallen

PS. And isn’t it a super cool name for that cultural center in Luleå? Minus 30° Kulturens hus? I think it’s awesome!

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  1. Luke (Sydney):

    I am not a rock expert, but are they kind of pop rock considering they wear skirts? Of course if boys band wear skirts, I would consider them heavy metal.

  2. Margaret Aston:

    Hej Anna, Hello and thank you for all the Swedish tips-lessons. I have just left a reasonably warm Edinburgh and am now in Elmsta where it is -5 today. You have convinced me to listen to the Sahara Hotnights taking my husband shopping in Grissleham later.

  3. David from Oregon:

    Great band and songs. I like their energy and enthusiasm.