THE BAND STORY 2014- 2018
Perfect Blue Sky is the ‘Hippie-delic’ multi-national collaboration between Swedish folk/metal artist, Pontus (Pna) Andersson and Australian rock singer and guitarist, Jane Kitto. Combining their influences as songwriters, their sound is genuinely reminiscent of the uninhibited vibes of the 60s/70s psychedelic classic rock era.
Although the duo had already established their partnership via previous band collaborations (Flower Punch/Kitto) from 2006 to 2014, both Andersson and Kitto have pooled their influences and love of the classic 60/70’s Psychedelic era to form a international group and host a cadre of well-known guest-musicians to feature on both their albums and live sets. PBS player constellations to date include Danny Oakhill – Keys (Aust) Dave Getz (Drums) & Peter Albin (Bass) from Big Brother and the Holding Company – Janis Joplin’s original band (US), Jerry Donahue(guitarist for Fotheringay and Fairport Convention) Lewis Parsons – Viola (UK/AUS), USA Bil Bryant – Drums (US/SWE), Weine Johansson – Bass (SWE), Stephane Bébert – Percussion (FRA) Allen Murphy from Yothu Yindi, Village People (Yes “YMCA”) – Drums (US/AUS) and their current line-up with Frenchman Frank Bessard on drums Joe Satriani, Stanley Clarke (FRA) Also joining on some of this years shows are newcomers Marko Ahonen – Drums and Salomon Kosunen – Organ (FI)
Andersson and Kitto formed ‘Perfect Blue Sky’ in 2014 and featured Dave Getz and Peter Albin and Danny Oakhill to launch the band on a series of festivals and live shows in Sweden and Finland. They went on to perform in Australia in 2015 with Oakhill, Allen Murphy and Lewis Parsons. PBS release their second album ‘The Eye Of Tilos’ in 2017 via UK Label Right Recordings/Nova Universal and made 2 national radio tours in support of the singles ‘Give You My Love’ and ‘Astronaut’ with BBC Regional Radio, Metro Radio, Total Rock and Phoenix FM as well as various independent stations. They also made a series of live support slots and consequently picked up UK management. Last Dec 2017 Perfect Blue Sky supported Swedish rock band Sator at Söder Teatern in Stockholm Sweden.
Andersson is co-founder of leading Swedish metal band Netherbird, who have released 8 studios albums to date. As well as songwriting and performing, he is a highly ranked sound engineer who has worked on productions featuring Ed Sheeran, Martha Wainwright, I Blame Coco, Icona Pop, Salif Keita, Fu Manchu, Charli XCX, and Sonic Youth.
Australian rock artist Kitto has performed in 34 countries, including Belarus, Tahiti, and at the North Pole! She was first signed to Mushroom Records (Kylie Minogue), and features in Australia’s Who’s Who of Rock & Roll. Whilst playing in Sydney in 1994, she was discovered by Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter of Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, who encouraged her to move to LA. There she supported Sheryl Crow at The Roxy, and performed at the Whisky a Go Go with Teddy Andreadis (Slash’s Snakepit) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers). She has also appeared at the infamous CBGB in New York. In 2006 Kitto toured the UK and Scandinavia as lead vocalist for Janis Joplin’s original band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Now based in Sweden, she has shared the stages with Dionne Warwick and Status Quo, and performed on live TV from the Prince’s Palace of Monaco.
Together Andersson and Kitto have supported Pete Doherty and Tony Joe White, and have appeared at numerous festivals, including the Sweden Rock Festival and Les Enfants. Their influences include Led Zeppelin, Wishbone Ash and Pink Floyd, and their sound and partnership has been likened to a current day Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks!
Their outstanding singles ‘Give You My Love’ and ‘Astronaut’ were released last May and November of 2017 from the album ‘The Eye of Tilos’ by UK label Right Recordings. The album features Jerry Donahue (guitarist for The Proclaimers and Fairport Convention) and Dave Getz (Big Brother and the Holding Company drummer). Also in the line-up is Frenchman Frank Bessard (Joe Satriani, Stanley Clarke) on drums, Australian keyboardist Danny Oakhill, and British viola player Lewis Parsons. ‘The Eye of Tilos’ is a warm analogue recording, reminiscent of the late 60s or 70s. All lyrics are reflections, tributes and observations written by Andersson and Kitto. The album title and content was inspired by a magical visit to the Greek island of Tilos.
2018 Perfect Blue Sky toured recently in Finland with the player line-up – this time with newcomers drummer Marko Ahonen and Salomon Kosunen on keyboards. In May PBS performed at at the Mailaul Festival in Tartu, Estonia with Frank Bessard. They also partook in masterclass workshops at Heino Eller Tartu Music College.
The duo have released two singles so far this year ‘Fiction Man’ and ‘Wasteland’ from album ‘The Eye of Tilos’ and plan for one more from the album later in the fall amongst a few other surprises.. Perfect Blue Sky currently share team management with Darren Weale – Pro Music Agency and nowadays primarily based out of Edinburgh in Scotland UK. They will be performing on this summer’s festival season there in July – Aug 2018. Stay tuned for tour updates.
PBS ”Wasteland’ Single (Scarecrow/Right Recordings)
PBS ”Fiction Man ‘ Single (Scarecrow/Right Recordings)
PBS ”Astronaut’ Single (Scarecrow/Right Recordings)
PBS ”Give you my love’ Single (Scarecrow/Right Recordings)
PBS ”The Eye Of Tilos’ SCR021CD (Scarecrow/Right Recordings)
PBS ”Emerald’ SCR014 CD 2015 (Scarecrow/Sound Pollution)
Special guest players (US) Peter Albin (Bass) & Dave Getz (Drums) from Big Brother and the Holding Company performing with PBS at Izzy Young’s Folklore Center in Stockholm Aug 2014