Headless Entertainer have been a band since the fall of 2013, and consists of David Nilsson, Björn Karlsson, Helle Malmborg and Jonas Nilsson. They’re originally from the north western part of Småland (Västervik) but moved to Gothenburg a couple of years ago.
Before establishing the group together Headless was, and in some sense still is, David’s solo-project. A lot of people find it hard to label their music because the style is so varied and can go between indie to grunge to folk.
How did you get together?
We knew each other long before forming the band; David and Jonas are brothers, Björn and Helle went to the same class in junior high school and were joined by David in senior high. After the move to Gothenburg we helped each other out with several other projects before joining David’s solo effort and forming a band.
What is your musical background and when did you start with music?
I think all of us started quite early with help from supportive families. I began playing the violin in first grade, then in second grade I started learning the flute and in the third grade I started playing drums. It took about five years before I joined a band and since then I’ve played drums and bass guitar in about seven other bands.
Jonas started out as the lead guitarist in a local band, later joined by David on the drums. After they moved to Gothenburg, the brothers joined together to form the band “Causeries” and I joined them on bass. Helle started as a bassist in a bluegrass band back in Västervik and has been developing herself as a singer/songwriter for a few years now, since she started going to “Nordiska Folkhögskolans vislinje”.
Who/what inspires you?
Bands, movies… all different types of things. The list is endless but Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Bright Eyes, Weezer, St. Vincent and the Strokes are all influences of ours.
What inspired your latest release?
Earlier this year we released Creepy Meditation which was a collection of Headless Entertainer’s best solo tracks with two new tracks as a band.
With “Nausea” we had the basic idea for the track and played around with it a few times in rehearsals. When the St. Patricks day competition came along, we thought it would be fun to try and finish the track in the studio to a tight deadline. We started recording on Wednesday and by Thursday evening the mixing was finished. The pressure was on, but we did it.
What has the response to your music been like? What were your expectations?
As David started Headless as a solo project he already had a small but devoted fan-base when we evolved into a band. Since then the Headless ‘army’ has gown and the response has been amazing! I think as a group we had pretty low expectations, but seeing it all escalate so quickly has been a real eye opener!
What does 2014 have to offer? What’s happening next?
We want to play live as much as we can. We’re also going to spend time in the studio recording some songs, old and new, and expanding our repertoire.