Where are you from?
Lina is originally from Stockholm, Sweden and Richey is originally from Lexington, Kentucky. We’ve both been in NYC for the past 9 years.
Describe your sound:
Minimal guitar-based pop with electronic/new wave influences.
Tell us about your latest track:
Our latest track (and debut single) is called ‘Fire’. It’s about caring for someone so much that you’d willingly suffer for them (“I’d set myself on fire for you”) while also realizing the relationship is toxic and not worth sticking around (“…but there’s not a single thing that you can do to convince me that I shouldn’t walk away”). It was the first thing we ever worked on together; we demo’d it back in 2018 before SFS existed. The original version was a faster tempo and way more electro-clash. We sat on it for a while and then reworked it into what you hear now, which was a lot more hip-hop/dub influenced.
Who inspires you?
British new wave/post-punk, Swedish pop, NYC hip-hop/trap. We’re inspired by the process of taking a song from idea to reality… from conception to birth. We’re hugely inspired by the future of music production; the fact that bedroom producers are topping the charts and impacting culture from their laptops. We both grew up playing in DIY/punk/hardcore scenes where technology did not play a huge role in the art form, but we’re very inspired by how this is consistently changing and evolving in the industry. We want to embrace that change while also honoring our roots.
Where do you see your career in 5 years?
Doing the same thing as we are now (writing, producing, performing) but on a more global scale. We plan on touring and releasing music in hopes of gaining supporters around the world. The most exciting thing for us is reaching people emotionally with our music, in the same way we have been emotionally impacted by others’ art. We’ll aspire to that for as long as we’re around.
Where can we check out your sounds?
We’re on all major streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.), have a music video out on our YouTube channel, and of course you can always come to a show! We play live in NYC often and plan to play other major North American cities this year (Philly, Detroit, Toronto, LA are on the shortlist right now). Scandinavia and the UK are also a goal!
Tell us something about yourself that people need to know:
We are entirely self-produced and make everything you hear in Richey’s apartment.
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/songs.for.sabotage/
‘Fire’ Official Music Video - https://youtu.be/b4aQ4v1sQbk
Official Website https://www.songsforsabotage.com
Downtown Magazine Premiere - https://bit.ly/37bB27m