MEEK MEN – progressive folk-pop from Sweden!
Meek Men is a songwriting collaboration between a therapist [Jonas Lundberg] and a janitor [Kenneth Holmstrom].
The music of Meek Men is a mixture of different musical influences. The core is a kind of folk-pop with a touch of country, singer-songwriter and Irish music. Add to that some unexpected harmonies and exciting sounds. Some would call it progressive folk-pop!
On Meek Men's debut album “Dumdedum” you will hear songs about living in a relationship filled with violence, how to be restrained by social phobia, about Syrian refugees with parlous experiences, about young girls with performance anxiety, and about the search for meaning and forgiveness. In the midst of these stories Jonas and Kenneth have their own perspective – simple, slightly overweight middle aged men who has been married to their wife for more than two decades – happily humming songs about being content and thankful. Meek in mind!
Jonas Lundberg is a therapist, teacher and singer and has been teaching psychology and drama for many years at Hjalmareds Folkhogskola. His lyrics has been inspired by many interesting therapy sessions!
Kenneth Holmstrom, who wrote most of the music, is a bassist, guitarist, composer and janitor! He is familiar with all kinds of styles ranging from pop, gospel, rock, jazz and blues to folk music. He is one of few who has toured with Sixto Rodriguez, the Detroit based songwriter who was portrayed in the Oscar awarded documentary „Searching for Sugarman“ by Malik Bendjelloul.
Kenneth Holmstrom – guitars, electric bass,
bodhrán, keyboards, vocals
Jonas Lundberg – vocals
Matilda Hagstrom – vocals
Erik Igelstrom – mandolin
Joel Hagen – soprano saxophone, tin whistle, flute
Anton Hermansson – acoustic bass
Micke Nybo – drums and percussion
Berra Karlsson – pedal steel, dobro
Anders Wihk – grand piano
Peter Burman – keyboards
Thomas Hagby – accordion
Markus Karlsson – electric guitar
Lars Borjesson – violin
Sigvard Jarrebring – violin, viola
Lennart Esborn – cello
Joakim Svensson – oboe
Recorded by Kenneth Holmstrom and Micke Nybo
Additional recordings by:
Erik Igelstrom, Thomas Hagby and Sigvard Jarrebring
Mixed by Eric Vo
Mastered by Classe Persson
Photos: Elias Holmstrom
All songs written by
Kenneth Holmstrom and Jonas Lundberg
Produced by Kenneth Holmstrom