H.B Nielsen - Tomorrow Off Your Back

December 04, 2020

I see you coming. If I tell you about a tattoo artist, you will immediately imagine a big bearded man a little gruff ... Failed. H.B. Nielsen, talented tattoo artist, is also a singer, and has just released this new single, "Tomorrow Off Your Back". Because talent and creativity can easily pass from one field to another, H.B. Nielsen used to get lost on the roads of the United States in a truck to go tattoo people all over the place in 2017. Then back in Sweden, the artist went back to music and we would like to see a successor to "Grand Opening", his debut album. Now that we've all been through a difficult year, it's time to think about the future, and move on. The song is a strong signal, as a motivation and an invitation to create, share, and move on. We appreciated the simplicity and warmth of this unique voice, the harmonica that rocked us by the fire, and the haunting lyrics. Included in our "Indie Folk" playlist, and of course, you will now hear this amazing track on the Indie Music Radio.

H.B Nielsen's point of view :

It's a reflection on helping each other turn a page and move forward. It’s about letting go, and not letting future tripping get the best of you.

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Biography :

Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, H.B. Nielsen moved to New York at age 19 to play college hockey. It took a week stateside before he picked up a guitar instead of a hockey stick. Able to strum a few chords, he started writing songs for fun while studying poetry and fiction writing. A few years later, right before he was supposed to enroll at an MFA program, writing and music took a back seat as he pursued a career in tattooing. Tattooing took him around Sweden, then the world, and eventually back to New York. In 2017, he bought a truck and left life in the city to travel around the United States and tattoo at friends' shops along the road. He stayed on couches and at roadside motels. He picked up the guitar again, and wrote sketches of songs to pass the time at night. Those ideas were the foundation of what is to become debut album "Grand Opening." H.B. Nielsen moved back home to Gothenburg in 2018, and slowed things down enough to make time to flesh out ideas and turn them into songs. The music draws heavily on Americana and folk traditions, while also dipping into indie and post-rock elements with ambient delays, thick reverbs, and layers of looping during live performances.


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