A couple of years ago, Blänk came out of nowhere and became one of Sweden’s
most blogged-about bands, both in their own country and abroad, with fans in
XLR8R, Discobelle and Palms Out Sounds to name but a few.
Their breakout single and video Shirt Off from their debut album You’ve Never
Been To Sápmi was praised by some of the world’s largest Electro music blogs.
After opening for acts like Lupe Fiasco, Wale and The Cool Kids, Blänk are back
with the release of their new EP, Áurinko rising again on the 27th of August. The 5 track EP will be released on Blänk's own imprint Grind Records and was recorded in Atlanta and Ryssbält – a small place by the sea a few miles south of the Northpole in Swedish Lapland – where Blänk originate from.
So who is Blänk anyways?
If you ask Blänk, the group's three eclectic personalities are the result of years of cold and darkness growing up in Swedish Lapland, followed by venturing out into the world.
LINA; is something of a Punk Rocker trapped in a Pop star’s body. Songstress in Blänk, author of university course literature in Mediation and the visionary guide in the band. She is also a member of Swedish outfits The Touch which have remixed artists like Robyn, Rex The Dog and Drop the Lime.
SIMON T, or Young Ivy; is a strange combination of deep thinker and party animal with confused teenager-like Rap star aspirations. Born in Sweden and Ivy League-educated in the US, he eventually relocated to Atlanta and became a Senior Account Executive in marketing before saying 'screw it!' and leaving the professional world for the music dream.
KLAS is a former reality TV star and teen heartthrob as the runner-up in the Swedis version of reality show Survivor. He decided to become a producer after his 25th birthday, grew into the master architect behind Blänk’s unique sound, and also earned a Grammy nomination in Sweden for his RnB-project LDOD.