As you see, we haven’t been updating our blog/homepage in a while. We are working to design a new homepage that both will be more user friendly and will enable us to showcase our music and videos in a better way. Stay tuned!
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On Saturday, the 12th we’re playing in Oslo to compete in 4SOUND demotape final, where we choose to front our song Heartbroken City. While it’s a sunny tune with feelgood vibes, it’s at the same time about hopeless dreaming and reminiscing over lost love.
While recording this in our studio, we felt the need to document the place where we have been making all the music, so we made this video. It’s not exactly pro, but we had a really fun time filming it. Now we’re looking forward to the competition on Saturday, and hope to see many of our friends there!
Update: And we were, of course, thrilled to win the competition and 60.000 kr + music equipment.
We recently played at electronic music happening, Straum, at Nordfjordeid, where we had a really good time and an fantastic audience! We hope to come back soon… Meanwhile, photographer Tim Øsleby took some pictures from the event. We included a few of them here, but you can check out the rest of them at his blog.
And as a special treat for you, the whole concert was filmed by Nils Ola Strand. Enjoy!
Although we are working like mad on tracks for our debut-EP, one needs some therapeutic relief sometimes. So we made a remix of FCL’s (San Soda & Red D) club hit “Let’s Go”. While keeping it simple, it’s got some interesting funky synergy and progressive energy which will fit in a club setting.
In other news, we got to the finals in the demotape-contest we entered. Thanks to everybody who voted! So on the 12th of January we’ll be playing in the final at Parkteateret, Oslo. Before this, there will be another online vote between the five finalists. You can check them all out and vote here.
Edit: As a result of getting to the finals, we were featured in Firda, and in the paper editions of Fjordabladet and BA. As well, thumbs up to the fine people behind Malakoff Rock Festival which gave us some promo on their facebook page!
We have entered a demo contest where it’s possible to win music equipment and cash valued 100.000 NOK. We have been promoting it over facebook for a while, and thought we would give a small “heads up” here as well. Our entry, “Heartbroken City”, is a song we’ve had great response to while playing live, and this is the first time you’ll get to listen to it online.
To vote and to listen to it, go here: https://www.demotape.no/artists/230612
1) Choose the “Gi din stemme”-button
2) Choose “Connect with facebook”, which will allow you to vote without becoming a member of the site.
If you want to make our day special, you can go to the facebook-event and invite your friends to do the same. We appreciate all the help we get! If we are among the top 5 artists in terms of votes, we’ll go on to the final in Oslo, where a combination of jury and online votes will decide the winner. Although the number of votes is secret until Dec 01, when the voting ends, judging by the response so far, it’s looking good!
Next Friday, the 16th of November, we are occupying Tivoli at Kvarteret. But instead of protesting against globalization or the finance industry, we’re playing a concert!
The b0ka DJs Edit and The Famous Biting DJ are warming up the room first, before the band starts playing at 01:00. At this upcoming gig, we are hoping to recapture some of the spirit of the last time we played at Tivoli, which actually was our first concert ever as a band.
That concert was one of the most special memories ever for us. Obviously, that the first concert is precious is true for most bands. But it’s not really that it was the first concert that were special, but how it happened.
We had invited, begged and dragged our friends to come, and due to a small article in an online magazine, there were some other people as well. Most of them had only heard snippets of our music, if anything, and had no expectations at all.
The singing was a bit off key, and there were some small errors here and there. Despite this though, people enjoyed it overall, and slowly started dancing. First calmly, then gradually more wildly… Eventually some started jumping in euphoria, and not long after, the whole room was boiling. People were dancing like crazy, and during one of the last songs, most of the audience joined together in a gigant conga-line, like back in the days when we were kids.
Now, tell me; how often does that happen during a normal concert in Norway?
So get geared for something special, and join in and invite your friends for the facebook event here.
We already posted this one on our soundcloud profile two weeks ago, but we had the stark realization that you blog-o-maniacs out there might have missed it. The story behind this tune goes like this; One of the members of our little band had such an bad experience after a wet night on the town, that he was feeling the urge to write a song about it. The result is “When You Touch Me”, a funky snack pack that blends hip-hop, disco and pop music into a tasty tropical smoothie. As for the happy ending; hey, Obama won…