Lilou & John is an alternative indie rock duo from Borås, Sweden, with provocative lyrics and a dark, edgy northern female voice. They fuse the sounds of alt-rock, pop, electronica, ethno-folk, punk and metal to create a sound they describe as “helter skelter” or “valkyrie rock”. Different genres and sounds are essential to their production. The duo was created in 2015 when introspective poet and guitarplayer John Dübeck teamed up with raw divergent vocalist Lilou Dübeck.
Lilou has never had much appetite for socializing with “idiots” as she calls everyone who refuses to accept reality. “They either hide in la la land full of unicorns or dive into politics and try to convince the public that everybody who doesn’t see the unicorns are racist.”
THE LONG TALK
“It’s mandatory to sing in the shower or while heading down the freeway far beyond speed limit,” she says. The Lilou. I meet her and John over a cup of hot peppermint tea in their apartment in Borås. The rooms are sparcely decorated, but everything seems to be arranged like an art exhibition. “It’s all about aesthetics,” she remarks on my appreciation. “I never stop moving things around until they pop. The same goes for melody making or recording a song.”
”In the beginning music was pure. But over the years it’s become more and more shallow and superficial. Like all arts drowned by the sixties’ and seventies’ anti-culture mainstream industry. I want Lilou & John to be the band that takes music back to its origin. Back to Wagner. Back to Beethoven. Back to the slave tunes and shanties. Back to the mountains and forests. Back to the people. We, the people.”