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With constant touring and a ridiculously catchy little bit of whistling, the Swedish pop trio has come to be one of the year"s hottest acts. Singer/guitarist Peter Moren plays from the band"s 3rd record, Writer"s Block.

(Soundbite of song "Young Folks")


Welconcerned THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT. I"m Mike Pesca, in for Luke Burfinancial institution.


And I"m Rachel Martin, in for Alison Stewart.

Okay. Even if you"re not a fan of Swedish pop music, you"ve more than likely heard this song some time in the last year. It"s called the "Young Folks," and also it"s by the band also Peter Bjorn and John.

PESCA: Due to the fact that those males put out "Young Folks" on their 3rd album, "Writer"s Block," it has actually landed in TV mirrors, commercials. It won a Grammy Award. That"d be a Swedish Grammy, or a Swammy.

MARTIN: Of course. And around a month earlier, Grammy award winner and ace whistler, Peter Moren, the Peter from Peter Bjorn and John, came into the BPP studios to percreate some tunes and talk to Luke and also Alison about growing up in tiny town Sweden, the sudden interemainder in their music from well-known British singers and also unrecognized Danish ones, and also trying to acquire amethod from that song.


What is it favor to be so popular for one song best now when you"ve composed three different documents through several really good songs on them?

Mr. PETER MOREN (Singer, Peter Bjorn and also John; Songwriter): It"s good because world buy the album, and also hopefully, they choose some of the various other songs. But it"s bad if they just choose that song. It"s a little bit bad. But it"s good because we acquire some financial support. Some poor - however I suppose - yeah, I can remain in New York for a while because of that song. So that"s nice. But I hope that ultimately world gain right into the various other songs as well.

BURBANK: What"s the weirdest place that you"ve heard that song? I expect, many unmeant.

Mr. MOREN: Well, I heard the James Blunt cover, did you hear that?


Mr. MOREN: That was pretty weird. And then meeting him, choose, the day after and denying that we heard the cover because we didn"t discovered out. Yeah. (Unintelligible) side or somepoint (unintelligible).


I think he didn"t like the cover. Was that the idea?

BURBANK: James Blunt…

Mr. MOREN: No comment.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: He answered the question. He didn"t really care for the cover.

BURBANK: That"s the "You"re Beautiful" guy?


Mr. MOREN: Yeah.

BURBANK: Oh, ideal. Have you been in a, you know, in a save or walking down the street and also heard it come blaring out of someone"s home window and also believed, hey, that"s my song?

Mr. MOREN: You hear people whistle periodically. You don"t really know. And additionally prefer sitting in restaurants and it"s coming on, you can"t really tell if they recognize you or it"s simply accident, I don"t know. That"s pretty weird actually. It kind of upsets me. I do not desire to hear it when I"m eating.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: Even though he probably was paying for the food.

Mr. MOREN: Yes. That"s true.

STEWART: This might sound like a silly question. Are you a greatly excellent whistler? I"m thinking this is all done in postmanufacturing or you spot along as soon as you whistle.

Mr. MOREN: Actually, on the document, Bjorn, as we sing, and also it"s not - it"s favor pitched so it"s not really organic. So then once we were supposed to carry out it live after we finished the document, I would expect the whistling was really tough bereason it"s quite a high pitch for male to whistle. But I nailed it inevitably.

BURBANK: I saw you at the 9:30 Club in D.C., and I believed you whistled it excellently.

Mr. MOREN: Oh, give thanks to you.

BURBANK: Well, you carry your guitar and you"re going…

Mr. MOREN: Yes.

BURBANK: …play a song for us. What perform you have?

Mr. MOREN: I"m reasoning about doing "Objects of My Affection" considering that you praised it so nicely.

BURBANK: It is my favorite song.

Mr. MOREN: Thank you.

BURBANK: And I recognize you aim to please so I appreciate that.

Mr. MOREN: Okay.

(Soundbite of song "Objects of My Affection")

Mr. MOREN: (Singing) I remember when, when I initially moved right here, a long time earlier "reason I heard some song I supplied to hear earlier then, a long time back. I remember as soon as, even better earlier, in another town, "cause I observed something composed I supplied to say earlier then, difficult to comprehend.

And the question is, was I even more alive then than I am now? I happily need to disagree. I laugh more often currently. I cry even more often currently. I am more me.

But, of course, some days I just lie around and hardly exist and can"t tell acomponent what I"m eating from my hands or my wrist. "Cause flesh is flesh, flesh as flesh as flesh, the difference is thin. But life has actually a particular capability or breapoint brand-new life into me, so I breathe it in.

Just be right here you are, and we all are right here, and you still have the right to make sense. If you just display up and current an hocolony face instead of that grin. And the question is, was I even more alive then than I am now? I happily need to disagree. I laugh more frequently currently. I cry more regularly now. I am even more me.

(Soundbite of whistling)

Mr. MOREN: And the various other day, this brand-new frifinish of mine, sassist something to me. Just because something starts in different ways, does not suppose it"s worth less. And I soaked it in, just how I soaked it in, exactly how I soaked it in. And simply to prove exactly how right he was, then you came. So I"m gonna give. Yes, I"m gonna give. I"m gonna give you a try. So I"m gonna give. Yes, I"m gonna offer. I"m gonna give you a shot. And the question is, was I more alive then than I am now? I happily have to disagree. I laugh more often currently, I cry more often currently. I am more me. I am more me.

(Soundbite of applause)


Mr. MOREN: Thank you.

BURBANK: People are choose collecting exterior the studio. It"s favor, what is that sound? That sound is Peter Moren of Peter, Bjorn and also John right here on THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT. You guys are from Stockholm?

Mr. MOREN: Yes.

BURBANK: And I was going dvery own a list of Swedish bands that I"ve been listening to and also enjoying lately, and it seemed choose a entirety bunch of them have actually made the jump over right here. You"ve gained The Knife, Jens Lekmale, Jose Gonzales, I"m from Barcelona. I"m not the band. I"m from Barcelona. What"s going on in Sweden best now?

Mr. MOREN: I don"t understand. I don"t really recognize. I expect, there"s been the good bands tright here forever, but, of course, it"s exploded the last five years or something, specifically over below. And I guess it"s - part of it is bereason of the Internet, because you obtain a lot of hype from blogs and stuff and human being do not actually need document deals before civilization acquire - that"s what occurred to us. The document wasn"t out right here, and people had actually started talking about it, and ultimately, a document label gained interested. So I think Web has a lot to execute with - and prefer, you recognize, networking, indie networking and also people - there"s no barriers anyeven more. So also if there were great bands in Sweden by 1990, it was a lot harder to reach other nations.

STEWART: How did you consume music once you were little? I intend, you think around youngsters now, they can simply log on…

Mr. MOREN: Yeah.

STEWART: …and also consume anything from anywhere.

Mr. MOREN: Yeah.

STEWART: But just how did you discover it?

Mr. MOREN: It was pretty difficult, because I"m elevated in a little village called (unintelligible) which is in a component of Sweden referred to as Dalarnas, wright here there"s just numerous skiing and ice hocessential, and not many great music apart from conventional fiddle music. And it was exceptionally hard. I had to, choose, buy records while I was on, favor, vacation via my parental fees to bigger cities, and then you had to go and buy lots of documents to keep you busy for fifty percent a year. And in the town wright here I lived, you deserve to just buy, prefer, the latest releases. Or not even that, choose - practically the latest releases, a pair of months old or something. So it"s extremely tough. And you tape from radio, of course.

BURBANK: Who were you into? Who perform you listen all the time?

Mr. MOREN: In the "80s as soon as I was around 10, I was really right into The HouseMartins.

BURBANK: Uh-huh. The HouseMartins?

Mr. MOREN: Yeah.


Mr. MOREN: And also stuff like A-ha, you know, and additionally lots of "60s. I was prefer a "60s freak once I thrived up. I preferred Beatles, Beach Boys, Byrds, like really beforehand. When I was seven, I was into that.

BURBANK: Do you feel choose that - does that come out in your music? That type of "60s affect, you think? That sort of harmony and stuff?

Mr. MOREN: Yeah. I guess it still does. I intend, you don"t listen to it as a lot anyeven more, however as soon as I started to learn to compose songs, that"s what I listened to. So it type of - somewright here in the earlier of your head, it"s still there, I guess. But it"s extremely interesting, as you shelp, bereason, choose, my cousin who resides in the same village now…


Mr. MOREN: He gets all these fashionable clothes, and he knows all the latest music, (unintelligible) in front of the computer system. And it wasn"t - that couldn"t happen in the "80s.

STEWART: It wasn"t like that.

Mr. MOREN: It wasn"t - not possible, so you hade to move. I had to move to Stockholm, which was good, bereason I met the boys and everything.

BURBANK: The names - the name Peter Bjorn and also John is pretty straightforward. It"s the males in the band also. Does Bjorn gain mad because people think it"s your last name? Since for the longest time, I assumed you were the man called Peter Bjorn, and then there was a dude called John, choose, on tambourine.

Mr. MOREN: No, he didn"t obtain mad, however it was weird because we acquired a mail from -there"s a Danish troubadour who"s actually christened Peter Bjorn, and that"s his last name. So he was pretty mad at us. He shelp, prefer, I was actually named this by my paleas and you damaged my career. Everybody comes to my show and also, choose, pretfinishing I"m going to whistle or somepoint and…

BURBANK: Play "Young Folks."

Mr. MOREN: Yeah, and he hasn"t released an album or anything. He was played on the Danish radio and also had actually some demos out, and also I type of defined we have actually the document out everywhere the world. We can"t really adjust it now. It"s also late. I"m sorry. I understand also the problem, yet - so they didn"t answer earlier then. I understand also.

BURBANK: Did people think that was a weird name? Did people think that was a weird name when you guys began out?

Mr. MOREN: In Sweden, we were weird. I think over here, people don"t think it"s that weird. Due to the fact that in the beginning - it"s meant to be shelp in English, you understand, because it"s spelled in English, favor Peter, Bjorn and also John, through A-N-D. But in the beginning, everybody believed that was a misspell, so they sassist, Peter Bjorn John on Swedish each radio, which sounds really dull and boring. So we had actually to phone, choose, the Swedish radio and also tell them exactly how to spell our name. They couldn"t get best. They believed it was a misspelling. So it"s doing much better below, I think.

BURBANK: You males tour a lot, and have actually toured in America pretty generally.

Mr. MOREN: Yeah.

BURBANK: What"s your favorite U.S. city to play in?

Mr. MOREN: It"s different from time to time. I can not really pick. I mean, occasionally the show is better in one city and sometimes much better in the other one. But I think it"s really fun to play, prefer, cities you do not really suppose things to take place. Like we played Salt Lake City, and also it was a riot. Like, bereason it was like a cost-free show outdoors and it was - I don"t recognize, just how many kids - prefer 1,200 or 1,300 or something. And they kind of jumped on phase and broke down barriers and went nuts. It was actually a bit virtually worrying, choose a little scary. We had actually to, like, calm them down, and I never assumed that would take place at our reflects, you know? But likewise, Nashville was extremely fun. It was, wasn"t sold out like it generally is in the bigger cities, however the human being who were tbelow was just crazy, and on the last song, everybody was dancing on phase. And so, those 2 were pretty - I"m going to remember for a while.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: You now are in this band also that"s so renowned, when you carry out play shows, it"s marketed out the majority of the moment. People are right into it, they know the songs. Are there parts about being a bona fide rock and roll star now that you didn"t expect?

Mr. MOREN: I never though around stuff favor that, like expecting anything. I"m just I"m so happy that world desire to check out you. So I do not - I still don"t acquire it, really, bereason I"m provided - we offered to play cellars in Stockholm for 60 civilization, so I still suppose 60 world.

BURBANK: But when you"re on stage looking out at this crowd of people singing along, are you thinking to yourself, I can not think this is my job?

Mr. MOREN: Yes. Eexceptionally day.

BURBANK: Would it be possible to play one more song for us so we deserve to - carry out you have another one in the hopper?

Mr. MOREN: I can attempt something. I - well, I execute a song that we sometimes execute as an encore, which was on our first album, which is not released in the States. Our second one is out here. The initially one you have the right to only buy at the reflects still. I don"t why, yet I perform a song from that one because it"s…

BURBANK: Sure. What"s this called?

Mr. MOREN: …simply acoustic guitar. "Collect, Select, Reflect" So it"s on the album referred to as "Peter Bjorn and John," which is red.

(Soundbite of song, "Collect, Select, Reflect")

Mr. MOREN: (Singing) Think of me, and also I will think of you. Then at leastern we all deserve to carry out what the various other one states to. Be through me, and also I will be through you. As to complicate points additionally, I will certainly always be true. Collect, choose, reflect somepoint. Pick up the things you desire and also need. They"re telling me you can not constantly be the facility of attention, but you deserve to attempt. You deserve to try. You have the right to attempt. You deserve to try, attempt, attempt, try, attempt. Honesty - it"s straightforward to act. As a issue of a truth, it disguises what you favor. What carry out we like? What perform you like? What carry out we like? Try, try, attempt, attempt, attempt, attempt, try, attempt.

(Soundbite of applause)

BURBANK: Peter Moren of Peter Bjorn and John. What"s that song called again?

Mr. MOREN: "Collect, Select, Reflect."

BURBANK: Can human being obtain that on your - have the right to they acquire that document on your Internet site, I assume?

Mr. MOREN: Maybe. I do not know.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: They can acquire it in the reflects once they play all across the States late November and December, right?

BURBANK: Absolutely. They"re going to be playing - yet first off, some free reflects, I understand, coming up in Manchester, Bristol and London - if you"re listening to us in the U.K. And then earlier here in New York…

Mr. MOREN: Yeah.

BURBANK: …playing at Joe"s Pub on November 19th.

Mr. MOREN: That"s simply me, yeah.

BURBANK: Oh, that"s just you?

Mr. MOREN: Yeah, that"s the solo present.

BURBANK: Well, I think based on the performance today, it"s going to be sold out…

Mr. MOREN: Okay.

BURBANK: …if I need to buy the tickets myself.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: Peter, many thanks for coming on.

Mr. MOREN: Thank you incredibly a lot for having me.

(Soundbite of music)

MARTIN: And that"s it for THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT - our incredibly first Thanksproviding edition.

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