I love Writer's Block. From my album review to my Peter Bjorn and John concert preview, that much is clear. So even though I wasn't knocked out by my experience watching the Swedish trio down in Texas this spring, there's no way I'll miss a chance to see them again when their first full-fledged US tour arrives at the Wexner Center Monday with Au Revoir Simone and Fuyija & Miyagi.

In advance of that tour, I dialed up Peter Morťn all the way in Sweden and chatted for a bit. Here's how it went:

I love Writer's Block. From my album review to my Peter Bjorn and John concert preview, that much is clear. So even though I wasn't knocked out by my experience watching the Swedish trio down in Texas this spring, there's no way I'll miss a chance to see them again when their first full-fledged US tour arrives at the Wexner Center Monday with Au Revoir Simone and Fuyija & Miyagi.

In advance of that tour, I dialed up Peter Morťn all the way in Sweden and chatted for a bit. Here's how it went:

Have you done much traveling in the states before?

Itís been the first time weíve played as a band. But of course weíve all been to New York before on holiday and stuff. Bjorn played bass and keyboard with the Caesars, so heís been there with them. But we havenít done any tours before we did those New York shows and the South by Southwest festival. So this is like the first proper tour.

Speaking of South by Southwest, I saw you guys a couple times down there. I heard the drummer you had with you wasnít John?

Thatís true, yeah. The story is that John is involved with this percussion ensemble which is really, itís like his day job. He gets a monthly salary from the state, and they travel around the world. So he had some other things to do with them, and they canít really get rid of him because he would get the sack. So this is kind of a hard situation, but weíve done a couple things without him. And also, we have two other drummers who know the songs, so we can do gigs when he canít do them.

Will he be with you on this upcoming tour?

Heís gonna do half of it, but I donít really know which gigs are on what half. So yeah.

Do you feel like the shows are any different when you have someone filling in for him?

Of course itís different. I mean, John is John. Heís kind of been involved in creating the music and writing the arrangements and everything, and written a couple of songs. But I think it works really well. Itís not like itís a tremendous big difference. And maybe more for us than for the audience, really. Of course it is different when itís the real band, but on the other hand, itís the same instruments and the same arrangements, so itís not really that different.

Another thing I noticed is youíre doing reinterpretations of songs like ďThe ChillsĒ and ďAmsterdam.Ē I know ďThe Chills,Ē for example, has kind of an electronic feel to it on record, but live itís more straightforward rock. Is the reworking a creative decision, or is it based around what you can and canít pull off live?

I mean, we often hear that songs sound electronic on this album, which is kind of weird because itís all common instruments, itís electric, acoustic guitars, bass, drum kit. Itís really no, likeómaybe we looped the drums on some songs, but itís not really a lot of machines or synthesizers involved. We used more like human noises, like things you do with your mouth, or stomping your feet and clapping your hands. So I wouldnít say thereís a lot of electronics. But of course we listen to electronic pop music. But itís not really something we use that much. But we do have a sampler live, which kind of recreates some of the sound effects you canít do otherwise on stage. So John, or whomeverís playing drums, has the sampler pad.

One more thing about SXSW. Obviously you guys had a lot of shows down there. What was that like, to be frantically running from one stage to the next stage and playing your songs over and over again? Itís kind of like tour on speed or something, right?

It was great. I enjoyed it extremely much because it was like you said. It was like touring for three days, doing a lot of gigs, but you didnít have to travel between the cities, and you didnít have to be bored. You just got to do what is fun, which is doing shows and playing music. But of course, itís kind of exhausting, but I kind of got this hyper feeling about it. I really enjoyed it very much because thatís what you want to do, after all, is playing, and not sitting at airports.

Writerís Block was one of my favorite records of last year. Part of what I like about it is that you guys all write songs with three distinct voices, but it all comes together as something consistent. How do you get that to work?

I have no idea. (laughs) But I mean, itís all something that evolved naturally over the years. Weíve been together now as a band for seven years, and before that me and Bjorn had some other things going on. So weíve known each other since the early 90s. And I donít know, we all have quite broad taste in music. Thereís some things we donít like, all of us, and some things we do like. But when we get together, we all have creative ideas. We try different things, we swap instruments around. And I donít really know whatís happening, but it does work. Itís not like the songs are too different from each other. We kind of make them gel together, and in the end, I think when you try to put disparate elements together like a folk-pop ballad with Devo drums or something, in the end it creates something that feels fresher rather than having a one-man vision. So I think itís really for the better.

Any idea when another album might be coming up?

Weíve done some recordings just a couple of days agoómainly instrumentalsówhich might be an album or might be something else. We donít really know. But weíre not thinking of doing the next pop album or whatever with vocals until maybe start in January or something. There will be a lot of touring. This album is still coming out in new countries, soÖ And we wonít get rid of the touring yet for a while. And also you donít want to start your recording too soon because then you might get tired of the songs before you start to play them live. So you want to keep them kind of fresh. So it will take a little bit, but not too long, hopefully.

Your biggest song so far has been ďYoung Folks.Ē Whose idea was it to have that whistled hook?

It wasnít really my idea. It was Bjorn. We had recorded the bass and the drums, and, I mean, this album was recorded in Bjornís own studios, we didnít have an engineer or anything, so he sat by the computer and wanted to remember the melody, and he didnít have any keyboards or anything in front of him, so he just grabbed the microphone and whistled. So it wasnít really meant to be. And then when we listened to it again, we kind of thought it should still be there because it sounded so good. Thereís a lot of things that happen that way. You just do things as you go along and, like, happy accidents or things that werenít meant to be, it becomes like a trademark. Thatís the fun part of recording, I think.

During this first tour of the states, is there anything across the country that youíre particularly looking forward to seeing, or experiencing, or even eating?

I donít know. I mean, often you donít have time to do an awful lot, but I think weíre going to try to travel a lot by night, so maybe weíll have a bit more time than usually. And I donít know, I would like to see a bit of San Francisco because Iíve never been. And of course thereís a lot of places Iíve never even thought about that Iím looking forward to seeing. But itís not like a particular restaurant or sightseeing thing Iíve been thinking about, really. Weíll see what happens. But we always like to eat nice if we can. Eat good food. Thatís a good thing. Not just like cheeseburgers.

Itís pretty easy to just live off of cheeseburgers in America.

Yeah.

I know some of the American fast food has moved around the world. When you do European tours, are you as bombarded by that stuff? I would imagine thereís not as much of that in Europe.

Thereís a lot of that. You have those options. But youíd rather not take them.