Peter Bjorn And John Take On Life’s Big Questions

Peter Bjorn and John in the snow

Soulpancake served some of life’s big questions to Swedish indie pop trio Peter Bjorn and John at a tennis court hours before their show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

The guys talked about their definition of happiness (including jumping, dancing, singing, playing and a visit to grandmother’s house), if they could change something (John Eriksson would change his career to tennis), and life’s biggest question.

“I would stop all the cars of L.A. driving. I would make all people stop eating meat,” Peter Morén said about things he would change. “Third thing I would do, obviously world peace.”

Watch it via YouTube below.

Peter Bjorn And John Cover ‘Try A Little Tenderness’

Peter Bjorn and John on the floor

Peter Bjorn and John are the latest act to reinterpret the 1932 classic ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ by Ray Noble Orchestra, which has been performed by everyone from Bing Crosby to Three Dog Night, and most famously by Otis Redding. The Swedish indie pop trio visited The A.V. Club while touring in support of their latest album ‘Gimme Some’ to record the track. Watch it below.

Peter Bjorn And John ‘Gimme Some’ Album Video

Peter Bjorn and John with dogs

Pitchfork premiered Peter Bjorn and John’s all-encompassing video for their new album ‘Gimme Some’. The Swedish indie-pop trio shares a visual treatment for every second and every song of their latest full-length ‘Gimme Some’, which was released earlier this year on Startime International.

‘Gimme Some’ Track Listing:
1. “Tomorrow Has to Wait” – 3:00
2. “Dig a Little Deeper” – 3:52
3. “Second Chance” – 4:15
4. “Eyes” – 2:55
5. “Breaker, Breaker” – 1:41
6. “May Seem Macabre” – 4:44
7. “(Don’t Let Them) Cool Off” – 2:50
8. “Black Book” – 1:38
9. “Down Like Me” – 3:51
10. “Lies” – 3:13
11. “I Know You Don’t Love Me” – 5:38

Watch the Ted Malmros and Gustaf von Arbin directed treatment below.

Peter Bjorn And John Give All You Can Eat Tour Dates

Peter Bjorn and John

Peter Bjorn and John announced a “All You Can Eat Tour”, a six week trek that sees the Swedish band making U.S. stops in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as Canada with shows in Montreal and Toronto. The tour is in support of the band’s latest full-length studio album ‘Gimme Some’, released March 29th on StarTime International.

Confirmed Peter Bjorn and John Tour Dates:
August 24 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
August 25 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
August 26 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
August 27 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
August 28 Schuba’s Chicago, IL
August 29 Schuba’s Chicago, IL
August 31 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
September 1 Magic Stick Detroit, MI
September 2 Lee’s Palace Toronto, ON
September 3 Lee’s Palace Toronto, ON
September 5 La Tulipe Montreal, PQ
September 7 House of Blues Boston, MA
September 9 9:30 Club Washington, DC
September 10 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
September 12 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY
September 13 Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ
September 14 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
September 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
September 16 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
September 17 Toad’s Place New Haven, CT
September 18 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
September 22 Plaza Theater Orlando, FL
September 23 Bardot Miami Miami, FL
September 24 Czar Imperial Ballroom Tampa, FL
September 25 Club Downunder Tallahassee, FL
September 26 One Eyed JacksNew Orleans, LA
September 27 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
September 30 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
October 1 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
October 3 The Smell Los Angeles, CA
October 4 Echo Los Angeles, CA
October 5 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
October 6 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
October 7 New Parish Oakland, CA
October 8 Slim’s San Francisco, CA

Peter Bjorn And John ‘Second Chance’ Video

Peter Bjorn And John 'Second Chance' music video

Peter Bjorn and John are out with the music video to their new single ‘Second Chance’, off the Stockholm, Sweden indie pop band’s sixth album ‘Gimme Some’, out March 29th on Startime International. Watch the Gustaf Von Arbin and Ted Malmros directed video via Vevo below.

Peter Bjorn And John Announce Surprise Birthday Tour

Peter Bjorn and John group

Peter Bjorn And John have announced dates for a North America “Birthday Tour” to celebrate their 10 years together. The Swedish indie pop group write on their MySpace (@peterbjornandjohn):

10 years ago Peter Morén, Björn Yttling and John Eriksson decided to form a band called “Peter Bjorn And John.”

To celebrate, we are going to do a special “surprise birthday tour” in select cities around North America — dates below!

This anniversary tour will feature special and never-before seen events including special surprise guests!

Every night we will play some rare old/brand new or never-before-heard songs.

This will also be our last tour before we go into the studio, so if you can’t wait until 2011 you should come and sing Happy Birthday.

The amazing and award-winning light master “Ed Warren” is putting together a special “Birthday Light Show” just for this tour.

There will be whistling contests in every city. The winners will get to be onstage performing “Young Folks” with PB&J!

We will be giving out free tickets to the shows through their twitter page.

Special Peter Bjorn And John merch items will be given away for free after the shows plus our favourite singer, “El Perro Del Mar,” and her Swedish “All Star Trio” will open up each night playing music from her brand new record.

2009-11-07: 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
2009-11-08: Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
2009-11-09: Webster Hall New York, NY
2009-11-11: Phoenix TheatreToronto, ON
2009-11-12: Metro Chicago, IL
2009-11-13: Gargoyle Club, St. Louis, MO
2009-11-14: House of Blues, Dallas, TX
2009-11-15: La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX
2009-11-17: Rialto Theater, Tucson, AZ
2009-11-18: House of Blues, San Diego, CA
2009-11-19: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
2009-11-20: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
2009-11-21: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA (the actual PB&J 10 Year birthday!)

Peter Bjorn And John Cancel UK Tour Due To “Family Matters”

After canceling their upcoming UK concert tour, Peter Bjorn And John posted the following message to their official web site,

Peter Bjorn And John are deeply and sincerely sorry, but we are unfortunately forced to cancel the upcoming gigs in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Being our first longer UK-run in a couple of years it’s a great shame but due to things out of our control concerning family matters we simply can’t pursue the tour at the moment. These things are a little to personal to go into here, but we really do hope you all understand.

To those of you who have bought tickets and were looking forward to the shows as much as we did, we hope we can come back soon and make it up to you. Refunds will be available from every promoter.

Once again we are truly sad and sorry about this and just know we haven’t forgot you!

Yours truly
Peter Bjorn And John

Peter Bjorn And John U.S. Tour Dates

In support of their fifth album ‘Living Thing’, Peter Bjorn and John will be touring the U.S. with El Perro Del Mar in November, plus a date with Fool’s Gold on November 21st.

The Peter Bjorn And John & Perro Del Mar tour dates are as follows:
SA 11/7 Washington DC 9:30 Club
SU 11/8 Philadelphia, PA Theater of Living Arts
TU 11/10 New York, NY Terminal 5
WE 11/11 Toronto, ON Phoenix Theatre
TH 11/12 Chicago, IL Metro
FR 11/13 St. Louis, MO Gargoyle Club
SA 11/14 Dallas, TX House of Blues
SU 11/15 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
TU 11/17 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
WE 11/18 San Diego, CA House of Blues
TH 11/19 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
FR 11/20 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
SA 11/21 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia *

* with Fool’s Gold

Peter Bjorn And John Talk With Q101 At Lollapalooza 2009

Tim Virgin of Chicago’s Q101 interviewed Peter Bjorn and John at Lollapalooza 2009 last weekend. They talked about the mix of club and festival gigs, exchanging stories with Depeche Mode, being flattered by Kanye West sampling ‘Young Folks’, what’s up on their schedule, and what it would take to have them cover ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe. Watch the discussion below.

Peter Bjorn And John SPINhouse Live Concert

Peter Bjorn and John recently visited the SPIN magazine office in New York City to play the 26th installment of the SPINhouse Live concert series. Watch the full set, including performances of ‘Nothing To Worry About’, ‘It Don’t Move Me’, ‘Lay It Down’, ‘Living Thing’ and ‘Fa-Ce-LA’ here.