A few weeks after moving to Denmark, I walk across the canal into Copenhagen’s Norrebro, or Northern District, to sit down with Danish bedroom pop group Eerie Glue. Across the watercourse, I meet Bünyamin Eroğlu (lead vocals/guitar) and Bjorn Jespersen (guitar) to discuss and listen in on a recording session for their upcoming album. We travel a short distance to a small flat by the water, which dually serves as Eroğlu’s bedroom and the band’s recording studio. “This is where the magic happens,” Bünyamin assures me as he pours merlot into a ceramic coffee cup and grabs his recording equipment.
Eerie Glue was originally the solo project of lead singer and head architect Bünyamin Eroğlu, a thirty-two-year-old creative veteran now in his tenth year of musical evolution. “Restless” seems to be the word to describe Eroğlu, who’s dabbled in skating, drawing, and of course music.
“I don’t know what it is… I draw too, it’s just something to do,” Ben explains. “Even just playing with a toy car, or fiddling on the guitar, writing songs.”
Eerie Glue's upcoming release consists of both new songs, as well as newly vamped versions of previously released solo compositions. In remaking these tracks, Eerie Glue is affirming itself as something distinct than what it was a couple years ago when it was just Eroğlu. The new songs seem fuller and more complete than their predecessors." La La La," for example, has been altered into a crisper, clearer version of itself. The bass illuminates throughout the song, cutting through the guitar haze.
Back in the studio, Ben, Bjorn, and I talk gear. The room we’re in is packed with instruments and recording equipment, the only sign that someone lives here being the bed and the television. It’s a cozy clutter stripped down to its essentials. Six guitars stand in or on various cases around the room, the highlight being a sea-foam green, made-in-Mexico, Fender Stratocaster serving as Eroğlu’s primary recording instrument and faux-surrogate child. Bjorn is armed with a Sunburst Fender Telecaster, though on the new album he can be frequently heard playing a jet-black Hagstrom semi-hollow twelve-string. The slough of pedals and effects help Eerie Glue develop its multi-layered sound, and the close proximity of the band’s equipment to Eroğlu’s place of rest no doubt contribute to the album’s tone.
Back in 2013, Eroğlu moved to Miami, Florida to be with his then long-distance girlfriend of two years. His stay only lasted four months, but the two wrote hordes of songs, both together and apart, enveloped in what he says can only be described as “crazy-ass love.” The relationship eventually ended, but his time in Miami led to a new commitment to songwriting. Upon returning to Denmark, Eroğlu began working with close friend and bassist Mikael Hedegaard, as well as drummer Malte Nybo Andersen, to record songs.
As Eerie Glue’s vision of a complete album began to solidify, the band sought to add one more member to the mix. That final member was Bjorn, who had previously served as the group’s manager before turning Eerie Glue’s trio into a quartet.
“I’ve been in many projects, but this one is different,” Bjorn explains to me about the solo-project-turned-band. “It almost makes me nervous, nervous about the release and the recording, because I know what we are doing is a different kind of thing.” After listening in on a recording session it’s evident that each song on the album has its own sound, (“Tide’s Going to Turn You” is grunge and rock ‘n’ roll, “Elvis is Dead” more pop-py), but the album seems to maintain a sort of loosely assembled coalescence. The unfinished album has also not yet undergone its “song-selection” process at the time of our interview; Ben and Bjorn tell me that the group has nineteen songs to choose from, but their released record will only feature ten tracks.
When asked for a self-description, Bünyamin Eroğlu simply replies, “I don’t do anything often,” and perhaps that’s been his motto for some time. For his entire life, Eroğlu’s mind has worked fast, applying itself to a variety of mediums. Eerie Glue’s upcoming release, however, tells a different story. The state of Bunyamin’s bedroom, the entire band’s commitment, and the time and energy that’s gone into these songs betray the singer’s motto — they’ve been working on a full length album for a while now, and much more than “often.”
Listen to more Eerie Glue on their SoundCloud.