MANDO STORIES: Rivalry Amongst Three
In the Norén family, three brothers wanted to become musicians - they all did.
The Norén brotherhood is consisting of Gustaf, Carl and Viktor. Big brother Gustaf, born 1981, is a core member in Mando Diao and sing and smashes the guitar. Carl and Viktor are both members of Sugarplum Fairy where Viktor plays the bass and sings while Carl takes care of guitar, harmonica and sometimes keyboard. Though, now that Sugarplum Fairy is put on hold for a while Viktor and Carl work on their solo projects.
Carl has released two singles, The Anger and Going Out Tonight. The Anger is a brilliant pop song that really anyone can enjoy unless they're deaf. This song also differ a lot from the Sugarplum Fairy sound. Going Out Tonight is far more relaxed compared to The Anger. I'd say most girls like this song because he sings with a vulnerable-heartbroken-voice, much like most Sugarplum Fairy songs. And of course, what girls like, guys dislike. ( In this matter )
Viktor recently released his new single When We Were 10 under his artist name Viktorious. This single is what surprised me the most. It could just as well have been a Darin song. And the title When We Were 10. What's that supposed to mean? At the age of ten you play freeze tag or trade pokémon cards. Viktor has said in media that lately, he has been out clubbing much, so he wanted to make electronial-party-hits and he also point out that you can't make danceble music in a rock band. I'd say he is wrong. This single is the result of producers in a studio trying to make a hit machine out of a rock musician.
Anyhow, what's interesting with the relationship between these three is their good self-perception skills together with the rivalry they repudiate. Viktor claim that "Rivalry between siblings is childish, i'd rather see it go well for my brothers rather than not having a relationship at all". He also claims that Carl is the troublemaker while he and Gustaf are the more orderly ones.
Carl responds to this by telling us that it became that way unintentionally. He was nice and all but he has always been a control freak and mabye that is the reason why he was a "problem child" in school while Viktor and Gustaf sat there with their ties and apples for the teacher.
Then he explain the most interesting part:
"Okay, this is how it is: Gustaf is born on a sunday, so he is lucky with everything he do. I am a wednesday child so Im born to misfortune. And Viktor, he is born on a monday so he is handsome."
So it's quite clear that the rivalry is strong between them. Funniest of all is that he say Gustaf has luck with everything he do which makes it kind of clear that he and Viktor have some kind of mutual jealousy thoughts.
Honestly I believe Gustaf is where he deserves to be. Sugarplum Fairy isn't anywhere close to Mando Diao quality. In my opinion Carl should continue writing songs similar to The Anger and Viktor should keep himself to Sugarplum Fairy that as far as I know, is pretty much a little cooler and rockier Backstreet Boys.