B: It was a dark and windy night..... Well we all got together on Brotherjinx' birthday many years ago in his 10 sq. meter room. We had met at various locations at school and work realized and we came to the conclusion that we had to make a band. So we formed F.L.O.W.E.R. who released a split lathe-cut LP with Armpit and a CDR of some real dirty music. The members are as we speak Sonic Sara, Byronic and Brotherjinx so you better get used to it. Later we did come up with the name Family Underground--and we immediately became successful....
B: The 'scene' is somewhat none-existing apart from a lot of people doing all kinds of electronic music which is as experimental as it gets. Of course we have our old-school folks like Martin Klapper who's doing what they do in a more European 'impro' tradition. But as we say 'if you heard 'em once you've heard them.....' But to make it clear to you, we don't go out much.
BJ: Jackie-O were playing a show in the city of Aarhus and I tried to get them to play here in Copenhagen but they had made this contract that prevented them to play other places in Denmark. So we went to see them and it was great and afterwards we shared smoke and ideas and eventually we put some out on U-sound.
B: I think you could say that we are attracted to free music. Drone is all part of the plan.
SS: Copenhagen is a part of the everyday life and reality that we move and groove in and well I can certainly say that we all experience the city and the people in it from very different perspectives. I think that is what comes out in FU as an entity.
BJ: Yeah, definitely. When we play at Waffle Cone Country, we are quite isolated from any street life because it's in an industrial area and I think that's what also makes us do what we do. I mean, we had other locations where we played in, like a loft in an old church in the middle of the city. That was at the beginning and in the winter we had to sit on our amps or pound the instrument to keep from freezing our buttocks off. That surely added to the sound. But now it' s all peachy and comfortable so we have a lot of long nights.
B: Currently we are puffing away to make an LP coming up early December, as well as a QBICO LP later next year and a release on the Danish label reverse. But right now a CDR on Whistle Along.
B: Well, as I recall, it was Glenn who got in contact with us and asked if he could release some music with us on his new label.... You know how it goes, really the way we dig it, nice and uncomplicated. And Glenn seems to be a really cool dude; Sara loves that The Birdtree CD. So it was all written in the wind... Well, as for the music and how it sounds, I don't know if it sticks so much out from earlier stuff but then again I'm just relying on my mind here.
B: We're always trying to expand on ideas whether they are free or not. And since it's just the three of us exchanging ideas, it has not varied so much from when we started. But when we get a chance to hear other people play who have some of the same ideas in what to do with all this freedom, it's very inspiring. But you know, we live in a part of the world where it's the exception when good music comes around these shores. It's getting better, but we have to do most of the arranging around here. And that said, there are not a whole lot of folks around here that we feel like exchanging ideas with; it's a handful. I know this might sound like a pretty narrow-minded statement but you know we try not to be.
B: We draw inspiration from living here in Copenhagen and not going so much out of the city. I don't know, probably the inspiration comes everywhere without even knowing it. I just had a concussion that was very inspirational...
B: Sara and I also play as Silvercords. We are going to release some more stuff soon. As for other projects, we probably will be doing some other stuff during this summer with the people we share practice space with. They are a group called Via Ackee. They will hopefully have something out real soon.
B: Just like the pink skulls CDR. We went with Rauhan Orkesteri to Bruxelles to play a QBICO night there a month back. And we met Emmanuelle; that was kind of nice, a lot of Italian people all around. And at the end of the night, we joined with Rauhan on stage and played a really good set. Say! That was very inspirational...
B: Pheeew man! Well, just by doing what we do and not caring sip for what people say. That's pretty 'political' in a sense, I reckon. But of course that's more on the personal plan. Of course if we got asked to play a protest concert against something that would matter, no problem, but apart from that it's all about being with people you love and respect and that's it.
B: Good question, I don't know probably Sara has something to add on that.
SS: I think that it's a very essential thing. Tension is what makes you aware of the music.
B: Thank you and keep up the good work
-- Brad Rose (16 June, 2005)