words & photos by Chris La Putt
Of all the the other Swedes Anna Ternheim (who actually now lives in the East Village) has accompanied on tour, none sounded just like her, and yet, numerous reviews abound comparing her to them. Much like indie rock cannot be pigeonholed into one neighborhood in Brooklyn, Swedish singers cannot all sing like Abba.
Monday night's sold-out show at the intimate and mostly-seated Joe's Pub marked Ms. Ternheim's last American show for the summer. A few days earlier she opened for Kristin Hersh at the Bell House in Brooklyn. In July she heads out to tour her native country's festivals to promote the release of her upcoming album "Leaving on a Mayday" produced by none other than Björn Yttling (of Peter, Björn, and John). All dates below.
Suffused with dark and disquieting lyrics, Ternheim sings of love lost and death. It seemed apt for a rainy Monday in a rather lonesome city. On stage with Anna and her guitar was a chorus of three girls, and additional male band members playing various instruments. More pictures from the show, along with an official video of Anna accompanied by Björn on piano for her latest single "You Are My Everything", below..
Lia Ices opened the show.
Anna Ternheim - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 27 - Peace & Love Festival Borlänge
Jul 2 - Trädgårdsföreningen Göteborg
Jul 3 - Långholmsparken Stockholm
Jul 4 - Arvika Festival Arvika
Jul 5 - Freluga Trädgårdsscen Freluga
Jul 8 - Sofiero Slott Helsingborg
Jul 10 - Hultsfreds Festival Hultsfred
Jul 14 - Slussens Pensionat Orust
Jul 15 - Slussens Pensionat Orust
Jul 18 - Melt Festival -
Jul 29 - Olafs Fest @ Blaest Trondheim
Jul 30 - Storsjöyran Östersund
Jul 31 - Putte i Parken Karlskoga
Aug 1 - Luleåkalaset Luleå