The Svens is a one-of-a-kind music/poetry/performance ensemble. Brainchild of Viking, the concept is unique: combine surf music, classic rock tunes, add a bit of poetry, sound bytes, drama, and schtick...then have all the musicians play instruments they don't normally play! (I'm really a Trumpet/Flugelhorn player...right?) Put it all together and you have something very special - and it just gets better (because we get better on those instruments we don't usually play!)
In this group I play Tenor Sax and sing once in a while. It's great fun to be Saxy.
The Svens' music has been feature on OPB and the band has numerous recordings available.
Viking sets the scene:
Drake, Missouri. Small town eight days off the Oregon Trail. The world outside Drake rushes past. Families in wagons headed for a new life in the Western frontier. Prospectors looking for riches. Others with intentions less honest. In Drake, the days march past in a slow procession of stories. The story of Drake and the people in it is as big as the West. Beautiful Mary, the gem of Gaskonade County; the Sheriff; the Blacksmith; each with a story. There are many stories in Drake. The world of Drake is revealed chapter by chapter as The Svens spin cowboy surf poetry tales.
The Svens are:
Viking - leader / guitar
Sven - guitar / organ
BasSven - bass
Saxy Sven - tenor sax
Sticky Sven - drums