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NEW NOISE: TEDDY FAILURE

The duo talk their working relationship and the concept behind the poignant music video for their new track, “Stoner”.

Teddy Failure car
Teddy Failure car

With Thursday nights now officially pegged as the new Friday nights, it is fair to say that we are all in need of some calming vibes this morning. And, alternative duo Teddy Failure are here to provide you with exactly this, as they unveil their new cut, “Stoner”. Aptly named, the track ushers in waves of serene sound with the strum of acoustic guitar, bare base and vulnerable vocals, all of which are synonymous with the work of members Teo Runsiö and Frans Torell. And, to make the release all the more impressive, the duo also provides a poignant narrative on the importance of not taking life too seriously with a set of newly released cinematic visuals.

When speaking on how they came up with the idea for the track’s new music video, the pair claimed, “we sat down and drank bubble tea – as we do once a week – and started talking about how we still feel like kids in our heads, even as we grow older. Then we talked to Frans’ grandmother Margareta, who’s 84 years old, and she said she still feels like a kid in her head too. So we came up with the idea to have Frans little brother Sigvard play a bored adult who still feels like a kid, going on a date, working at an office and stuff but really wishing he could be or do something else.

Upon the release of their new track, the duo sat down with Wonderland to discuss the highs and lows of working collaboratively and the premise behind the “Stoner” music video. Head below to enjoy our interview with Teddy Failure…

Hi guys, how are you doing?
Hey! We’re doing great! The sun is shining in Sweden, and so are we!

How did you both meet?
We went to the same high school, so we became friends there! It was a
music school, so we started off bonding over the fact that we liked the same music. But it took us three years to actually start making stuff together!

And, is there a specific meaning behind the name, Teddy Failure?
Teddy Failure actually came up after putting our names, Teo and Frans, into a random name generator, and being a failure is something we really embrace – it’s important to dare to fail.

Congratulations on the release of “Stoner”! Talk us through the track’s meaning!
Thank you very much! To us, “Stoner” is a song about wishing you could let things go and not too much. Growing up, we watched a lot of stoner movies like the Pineapple Express and The Big Lebowski. Sometimes, we wish that we could be as carefree as the characters in those movies – it’s not going great tbh!

The song comes accompanied by a set of visuals depicting a young boy who has been prematurely thrust into the throws of adulthood! How did you come up with this concept?
We sat down and drank bubble tea – as we do once a week – and started talking about how we still feel like kids in our heads, even as we grow older. Then we talked to Frans’ grandmother Margareta, who’s 84 years old, and she said she still feels like a kid in her head too. So we came up with the idea to have Frans little brother Sigvard play a bored adult who still feels like a kid, going on a date, working at an office and stuff but really wishing he could be or do something else.

Teddy Failure Stoner
Teddy Failure
Teddy Failure Stoner
Teddy Failure

You must work very closely to produce your music! What is the best and hardest part of working as a pair?
Yeah, we work really closely! Sometimes when producing one handles the keyboard and one the computer mouse, it’s so much easier than doing both at the same time! The hardest part is being without each other if one of us gets a cold or something!

Do you have another musical duo that inspires you? Or maybe just an artist in general?
People often compare us to Simon and Garfunkel – looks only, of course, those guys are true geniuses! Their looks inspire us, big time.

You are already experiencing great success with your music! Do you have a career highlight that sticks out to you?
Yeah, it’s so crazy! We started this project one year ago and didn’t think anybody would care. That people seem to enjoy the music is definitely a highlight!

If not that, it must have been when we met J Balvin at a Swedish Subway station, but we didn’t dare to say hi, unfortunately!

What is next for you both? Do you have a project that you are keen to start on?
We’re just finishing our first Ep ”I’m a Failure Part 1”! And we’re super excited about it. It feels like the best music we’ve done this far.

NEW NOISE: TEDDY FAILURE

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