Pop music remains one of Sweden's chief cultural exports. However, quite far from the Stockholm of Max Martin and Icona Pop -- a little over ten hours to be exact -- the tiny town of Pajala sits just miles from the border of Finland. The Magnettes
fondly call this city of 2,000 home, and it's the birthplace of their infectious and inimitable glitter (punk) pop sound. The group's vocalists Rebecka Digervall and Sanna Kalla proudly refer to themselves as "non-normative and in control," "Riot Grrls," "goths," "witches," "Tornedalingar" (literal translation: natives of the Torne valley, a Swedish minority), or "Sisters Of The Ugly Youth." This subversion makes their songs even more spellbinding. The seeds of their rebellion became planted when Rebecka and Sanna met at six-years-old. By the age of 14, Rebecka had written a plethora of song for them as a duo. Joined by other musicians for a touring band a few years later, they toured Europe and the U.S extensively. Galvanized by the trips, the band began recording in their kitchen, carving out a middle ground between their chief influences Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, Bikini Kill, and Katy Perry. They are now back and ready to share the fruits of their labor with us.