When I first heard Deportees on radio in New York in the early 2000s, a kid discovering music beyond borders, I didn’t think that so many years later I would be in Stockholm at Trädgården, falling in love with them like it was the first time.
When Peder Stenberg sings, considering Swedish standards of showing emotions, you can feel every word in your heart and know he means it. From their calm entrance with "Love Me Like I’m Gone", lights to awaken your senses, to their last, "A Heart Like Yours In A Time Like This", every moment in between was worth your full attention. Watching producer Måns Lundbergs wicked smile while playing the xylophone and Deportees drummer, Thomas Hedlund, pour his heart into every song, this was the epitome of live performance. There was a moment where I turned to my friends, realising that Deportees seamlessly started to play “All My Friends” from LCD Soundsystem. Class!
Humble as they were to allow Jennie Abrahamsson and Linnea Olsson sing ”When They Come”, while watching the peacefulness of Anders Stenberg playing the guitar, was a beautiful start to a Swedish Lill-lördag last Wednesday. My age, your age, your parents age and the kids in the corner, everyone was here for Deportees. What could be more of a legacy than watching one of the band member’s kid sing “ah ah aaaaaaah” in their final song. Maybe at 18 I didn’t understand the words, but 15 years later, I feel more connected and in love with their music than I could have ever dreamed of. I guess that’s what they call re-dreaming.
Ord: Abeni Wickham
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