Peter Bjorn and John Need to Talk About a 'Gut Feeling' in Moody Lyric Video: Exclusive

Johan Bergmark
Peter Bjorn and John

Swedish indie rockers Peter Bjorn and John have debuted a flickering lyric video for their honest track “Gut Feeling,” premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Oct. 8). The song will appear on the band’s upcoming album Darker Days.

The new visual features ghostlike figures of the band, fading in and out of a black-and-white shaded rehearsal space as they play the upbeat song.

“Gut Feeling” was actually inspired by a real-life conflict within the band, as Bjorn tells Billboard, and the lines “I think we need to talk about it, if we don’t wanna live without it” came subconsciously as he was waiting backstage for soundcheck during one gig a few years back. “We had played together for almost 20 years and I felt we really needed to talk and straighten some things out, otherwise the band would maybe cease to exist,” he shares. “We actually did talk on that tour, and conflicts were resolved. It all became fun again.”

Bjorn also points out the song’s drum-oriented pop sound, which he sees as a nice callback to early PBJ favorites like “Second Chance” and “Young Folks.” “We relied heavily on other people the last few years, but on this album we made everything ourselves again, and that felt really good,” he says. “We wanted to write simpler songs with distinct riffs that were more like our earlier albums, our indie roots.”

Darker Days is due Oct. 19. Check out the “Gut Feeling” lyric video below, and see the band’s upcoming tour dates after the jump.

10.06.2018 | Control Club | Bucharest, Romania

10.18.2018 | Flex | Vienna, AT |

10.19.2018 | Lucerna Music Bar | Prague, CZ |

10.20.2018 | Scope Festival | Berlin, DE |

11.29.2018 | Brighton Music Hall | Boston, MA |

11.30.2018 | Rough Trade | Brooklyn, NY |

12.01.2018 | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY |

12.02.2018 | Rock & Roll Hotel | Washington, DC |

12.04.2018 | Velvet Undergrouns | Toronto, ON |

12.05.2018 | Lincoln Hall | Chicago, IL |

12.07.2018 | Marty’s on Newport | Sana Ana, CA |

12.08.2018 | Teragram | Los Angeles, CA |

12.09.2018 | Independent | San Francisco, CA