People In Museums are an “enjoyable bumper car ride”: one minute, it’s glossy, funky and slightly cliche, then the next it’s gritty with a chance of death growls. Their favourite description of themselves is “post-punk tinted indie” but generally speaking they like to stick to a contrast of typical feel-good indie with touches of heavier content, progressions and sounds.
Jacob Green, People In Museums’ guitarist, always picks Bombay Bicycle Club or occasionally Wolf Alice when asked for a related artist of a similar genre. The drummer and bassist always reference artists he’s never heard of, both being metalheads; and Josefin, the vocalist, has a hip-hop background. Their influences are a bit of mishmash, but they are one unit. Josefin and Andy approached each other, Jacob had been in the same circles as Andy for a while, and they wrote two songs as a band before being asked to perform a gig. But, they didn’t have a bassist. Alex came along and they “couldn’t get rid of him”, so now the band has just stuck.
“It’s a good time. It’s a good dynamic. We each bring something essential to the group; if one of us left we wouldn’t be People In Museums anymore. It wouldn’t be us.”
Even in their writing process, they each bring a unique skill: Jacob comes up with a progression, Andy gets the rhythm and structure “There’s always a point where Andy does something and I go ‘that, that’s it.’”, they play it over and over again until Josefin has solidified the vocals, and the bass goes on top. ‘Nameless Pt2’ took the longest in terms of constantly adding and tweaking. As it happens, it’s also collectively their favourite to perform live.
“When we’re doing the sound check, it’s funny because he’ll do like ‘1, 2’ and then a death growl. And everyone laughs because they think he’s joking, but then we perform the song and they’re like ‘oh, you’re serious.’”
Their ethos is simple: just have a good time, be themselves, and convey that to their audience. And, they show this in everything they do: from the sassy lyrics, banana gun music videos, and comparing their fans to a cookie dough and ice-cream sandwich – “Because that shit is good.”
“It’s scary – I don’t know why the fuck we do it – but it’s a good time.”
‘Post-punk tinted indie’ is not enough to describe the melting pot of personality, stylistic variety and sheer talent that this band is made from.