Love is All released their third full-length this year, and their first on Polyvinyl Records. We talk to lead singer, Josephine Olausson, about musicals influences, the Dog Faced Hermans, and how Polyvinyl welcomes their new bands with a pizza party.
SICK OF THE RADIO: Love is All is such a great mix of garage rock and pop. As far as your musical output is concerned, what bands have influenced you most?
Josephine Olausson: Well, thank you. I think it’s really hard to pinpoint any specific artists that have influenced Love Is All as a whole, since we are so much about collaborating. For me bands like Huggy Bear, The Raincoats, The Slits and the zombies might have meant a lot in the shaping of love is all, but that would only be me. There are at least four other members with various influences in this band… Which means no one member gets enough space to influence a song entirely.
SICK OF THE RADIO: Two Thousand and Ten Injuries is your first album on Polyvinyl Records. In the indie music scene, Polyvinyl is practically legendary in the bands it has, and has had, on its roster. How are you liking your new home there so far?
Josephine Olausson: We’re liking it very well. They are really nice and supportive and understanding. And when we finally met for the first time they took us out for a massive pizza feast, how can you not like a label that treats you that well?
SICK OF THE RADIO: What’s the greatest band comparison you’ve ever received?
Josephine Olausson: That is a really tough one… I’m going to say dog faced hermans. I’d never heard them before, but after someone comparing us to them I did and now I really love them.
SICK OF THE RADIO: If you’re feeling homesick on the road, what’s the one thing, as a group, you can collectively agree can make things a little better?
Josephine Olausson: Put some Queen on the car stereo.
SICK OF THE RADIO: The cover of Two Thousand and Ten Injuries is adorable with its newspaper print cutouts. Whose idea was it to come up with that layout?
Josephine Olausson: Thank you! I’m responsible for all LIA artwork and I’m not sure there’s really a clear idea behind it. I just love working using a scalpel and old magazines.
SICK OF THE RADIO: The song “Take Your Time” is gorgeous and clearly a nod to Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. Is there a specific reason for this, or is just a love of the song?
Josephine Olausson: We wrote it just hoping getting to play more weddings… So far we’ve had very little luck.
SICK OF THE RADIO: Now that you’re back in Europe for the summer, do you plan to stay there for the rest of the year, or can we expect you back Stateside before the year is out?
Josephine Olausson: I’m pretty sure we will try make it back there before this year is over.
By: Amanda Chatel