Why did you take your band name from a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel?
I was reading “Tender is the Night” and picked up the words “caviare days” because of their literary qualities. I thought it was a beautiful and clever way to refer to an era in just two words, and immediately portray it. Not intended specifically to become a band name, it sort of stuck around and after a while Lina picked it up, too, and suggested we should use it for our music. It is related to our music in the way that the name carries the same connotations that we want our music to do. There is Mystery and Passion, an intellectual lifestyle that is spiritual yet beautifully decadent.
Is there any specific time era that influenced your music? Which one and why?
Every era has its caviar days, even though it was originally describing rich Russians hanging out on the French Riviera in the 1920s. Every such time period, where there is an abundance of art and music, a kind of Enlightenment for each new generation, is a time era that is influential. Every time era refers back to another, and ultimately, back to nature, so it’s really hard just to pick one. However, the late 1960s sure has a major influence on our music that is hard to get away from. That can also be due to the fact that a lot of our favorite instruments were made popular during these days, like the Rickenbacker Guitars.
How has being sisters influenced your creative process?
Being sisters is convenient in a way because there are certain things that you don’t really need to explain to each other, you just know. Like taking Caviare Days as a band name, something in its meaning was just understood, while it can be a little harder to explain to someone else. You just have the same reference board. Another thing is that we’re used to each others’ voices, in that way we always know the best way to arrange a song. We know what fits the both of us, and what doesn’t.
So, then what fits you guys best? Describe your sound.
Our sound has this kind of airy, melodic feel you’d find in early Californian rock’n'roll, but there are a lot of other musical influences that have shaped our sound too, like Swedish folk, old hymns or classical music. In many ways, our sound is very cinematic, as every song is made up of stories that need to be visualized. Psychedelia is usually a tag we use because it is a way to describe the transcendental parts of our songs. Lyrics and music must really blend into each other to take you all the way. Our sound is honest, too, it’s straight.
How did your time spent in Brooklyn influence your music?
At the time we were there to record our first songs in 2009, we were actually in Chelsea most of the time. However, Brooklyn has some of the best venues for shows, like the Music Hall of Williamsburg. A funny coincidence was seeing Violens, Jorge’s band, open up for The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, before we knew we were going to tour with them. I also remember seeing the Horrors in 2009 and now they’re all over the place. In November 2009 we were actually rehearsing with some friends in a basement near Morgan Ave, and planned our first gig at Zebulon, Brooklyn for January 14, 2010, but we couldn’t return to make it happen, so we decided to start up the band in Sweden instead.
For awhile, and maybe still, when people talk about Brooklyn in terms of music, they usually mention MGMT, Chairlift, Acrylics, etc., which are all bands that we’ve met in one way or another, specifically, since they’re also friends with Jorge. It’s just a network, where people involved in the same things help out, I guess.