It's been ten years since El Perro del Mar unleashed their Phil Spector-esque '60s-inflected pop on the indie music scene with their self-titled debut album; with a new album, KoKoro, due out in September, Swedish frontwoman Sarah Assbring stopped by Soul Sisters during a brief stint in New York to look back at the crazy decade behind her.
Assbring tells us how, in the midst of an emotional, nearly existential breakdown on a beach in Spain years ago, a stray dog ran up to her and gave her both fresh perspective on life and inspiration for a new band name (El Perro del Mar literally means "dog of the sea" in Spanish.)
"It was a walking metaphor," she explains. "I thought, 'That dog is sweet, that dog has a right to live.' Because that's how I felt. I was kind of like, 'What is my place here? Do I even have a right to exist when I'm feeling like this?'"