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8:00pm

Thulebasen (DK)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 8:00pm - 8:30pm @ Rockefeller annex
    Thulebasen consist of Nis, Niels and Felia, a trio from Vesterbro (downtown Copenhagen), who grew out of the underground scene centered around the Escho label. Escho, which Nis co-founded, has put out records for bands including Düreforsøg and Eric Copeland, and recorded and released Iceage. Nis Bysted put out the first Thulebasen record, “Guitar Wand”, as a solo project on Escho in 2008, but soon started improvising sessions with Niels and Felia, who played in several other Danish underground bands. In 2010 they recorded the sophomore Thulebasen LP, “Gate 5”, which was released in February 2011 on Escho (vinyl) and on CD+DD by Tambourhinoceros, a new label founded by Oh No Ono’s Kristoffer Rom and Aske Zidore. The record received a string of rave reviews across the Danish press. 2011 has seen the band play dozens of shows in Scandinavia. In March the band was handpicked by Efterklang (DK, 4AD) as the support act for their final mega show at Copenhagen’s Amager Bio. This year alone, Thulebasen has played festivals such as Pop Revo, Spot, Roskilde (on the main stage) and Way Out West, and put together a special performance as Danish representatives at the Venice Biennale art festival in June. The band also played Iceland Airwaves Festival and Copenhagen Dox Film Festival with a special visual/live show, as well as support slots for tUnE-yArDs (US, 4AD) on two dates this September.
    Type Live


9:00pm

Siinai (FI) - Nordic Music Prize nominee
    Thursday February 16, 2012 9:00pm - 9:30pm @ Rockefeller annex
    Coming from the same neo-kraut scene as bands like K-X-P and Joensuu 1685, Siinai was formed in the cold of the Finnish winter by four friends who all share a long background in the Finnish music scene. With members from bands like Joensuu1685, Zebra and Snake & Äänijännite the band immeadiately began to create a buzz in Finland. “Siinai were brilliant: almost totally instrumental, with intense Krautish rhythms, ebbing and flowing melodies delivered with an intensity that only Finnish bands can summon.”
    -Kieron Tyler (MOJO/The Arts Desk) on their set at SPOT
    Type Live


10:00pm

Torch (N)

11:00pm

Astaroth (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 11:00pm - 11:30pm @ Rockefeller annex
    Astaroth are a black / deathmetal band from Oslo who have been together about four years. The band played this year’s Infernofestival in Oslo and plan to release their record through Indie Distribution. “Its like taking a step back and reliving the past versions of today’s black metal and being able to relive those moments that we all miss. – www.nightspirit.no “Not many bands master the art of making cold inhuman atmospheres seamlessly fit with raw and heinous rage. Norway’s Astaroth is one of those that do. So, if you miss those black metal bands of yours that were truly the masters of their frozen element Astaroth is on hand to take you back to those times.” – Infernofestival magazine
    Type Live


12:00am

Execration (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 12:00am - 12:30am @ Rockefeller annex
    Execrations’ (N) second album “Odes of the Occult” contains 9 tracks of vicious, evil death metal on double 12" vinyl. It parts with the percussive style of previous releases in favour of a wider set of influences drawing from death metal, doom and cult black metal. “…one of the most interesting albums to come out of the country in years" 9/10
    (It’s A Trap) .”.. the bearer of new life in the experimental genre of death metal… a genuinely dark and experimental sound." 8/10
    (Rockerilla Magazine) “Norway is maybe not one of the first places that would come to mind when it comes to proper old school death metal, but that could well change. Execrations second record, “Odes of the Occult”, is a tour de force of the genre."
    Type Live


8:00pm

Scarlet Chives (DK)
    Friday February 17, 2012 8:00pm - 8:30pm @ Rockefeller annex
    A landscape of sound, pictures and feelings that draws you in to a magical musical wonderland! Hypnotic shoegaze which makes your dreams go pop. Maria Mortensen’s dreamy vocal is at the very centre of their noisy, orchestrated and playful alternative-pop which harks back to classic shoegaze and dream-pop. From Winter 2009 until Autumn 2010 the band worked on recording their self-titled debut album. Produced and mixed by Brian Batz (Sleep Party People) and English producer Paul Schroeder (Stone Roses, The Verve and Talk Talk). The album was released in February 2011 in Denmark via A:larm Music / Sureleaf to excellent reviews, the record being subsequently released in Norway on Riot Factory.
    Type Live


9:00pm

Jonas V (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 9:00pm - 9:30pm @ Rockefeller annex
    He recently released the mixtape 21 gram (www.21gram.no) with contributions from big names such as Ralph Myerz and old heroes from the Bergen rap community, such as Peter Beyer and Mike “Kazaam” Tamba (from the former rap group Freakshow). The mixtape received good reviews in including Bergens Tidende and Natt & Dag. Jonas V and Hkon has played at most notable nightlife clubs in Bergen, both together and separately, and have opened for, among others, Devin the Dude (U.S.) and Slaughter House (U.S.). His lyrics deal with both sides of the life (assuming that there are only two sides to life) of a young generation of people who enjoy life in one of the world’s richest countries and portrays a life of partying and drugs with a hint self-irony, but still honestly, often in a gangsta-rap style.
    Type Live


10:00pm

The Avalanche (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 10:00pm - 10:30pm @ Rockefeller annex
    The Avalanche play shoegaze tinged noise rock, combined with the best elements from a host of other genres. Catchy melodies hidden beneath endless layers of twisted guitar noise, driving drums and fuzz bass paired with the soothing sound of warm synths push you back and forth between oscillating waves of delicious pop and dirty noise. The Avalanche was recently picked as Urørt artist of the week on NRK P3 calling it “a beautiful piece of dizzy shoegaze”. The Avalanche are signed to Riot Factory’s Sad Songs For Happy People imprint. Their debut album will be recorded at Greener Productions in late 2011 and will be released in 2012.
    Type Live


11:00pm

Soup (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 11:00pm - 11:30pm @ Rockefeller annex
    Soup’s double album ”Children of the e.l.b” from 2010 earned them glittering reviews. The band played over fifty shows in support of the release amongst others at Steinkjerfestivalen and Storåsfestivalen and have become a phenomenal live band. Now the brains behind the band, Erlend Viken, has an arsenal of over thirty new tracks that will see the light of day as three full length albums in 2012. Jørgen Træn mixed and produced the record, the recording of which also included Snah from Motorpsycho as a spiritual mentor of sorts as well as as a guest artist.The anthology will be released in Europe via viersieben.de/How is Annie Records and will be followed by a comprehensive European tour in the Spring.
    Type Live


12:00am

Simian Ghost (S)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 12:00am - 12:30am @ Rockefeller annex
    Initially Simian Ghost was an experiment, the solo adventure of Sebastian Arnström, but has subsequently become a full band. The first album “Infinite Traffic Everywhere”, written and performed by Sebastian Arnström, was released in 2010. On the record he plays to an electronic backing track, mixed with drums and guitar, the poppy result of his background in the Swedish indie scene. The album received great reviews and was was named Album of the Year 2010 by readers of dagensskiva.com. Shortly after this, Simian Ghost became a trio, having been joined by Sebastian’s brother Erik Klinga and mutual friend Mathias Zachrisson. So far this past year, they released the fantastic E.P. “Lovelorn”, played concerts with, among others, Mount Kimbie, Firefox AK, Håkan Hellström, and at festivals such as Way Out West, Storsjöyran, Umeå Open and Trästockfestivalen. The band has just signed a deal with Playground Music, where the focus is on promotion. The first single from the E.P. “Bicycle Theme”, was released in the UK this past Autumn and the new album will be released just in time for by:Larm 2012.
    Type Live


8:00pm

Beaten To Death (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 8:00pm - 8:30pm @ Rockefeller annex
    Beaten To Death made their debut on the 23rd of September with eighteen minutes and thirty six seconds of extraordinary, dirty, catchy grindcore! Machine gun drums, agressive guitars, snarling bass and truly evil vocals are the foundations of Beaten To Death. Rising out of this hideous darkness are beautiful harmonies and with a smattering of brutally groovy tracks, “Xes and Strokes” is an infectious and ebullient record, that’s irresistible no matter what your taste is.
    Type Live


9:00pm

Overthrow (N)

10:00pm

Samsaya (N)

11:00pm

Maya Vik (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 11:00pm - 11:30pm @ Rockefeller annex
    Multifaceted musician Maya Vik plays bass in Spellemann winning pop-band Montée and has previously played with bands such as Savoy and Furia. Her first solo effort, the album “Château Faux-Coupe” (2011) is a beautiful funk laden extravaganza with reference points that stretch all the way from 70s jazz-rock via militant drum machine jackin’ funk and 80s soul to 90s hip-hop, all underpinned by the unmistakable sound of an Linn LM-1 drum machine, a sound immortalised by a vast catalogue of 80s hits. With clear references to Minneapolis-funk (Prince, Jimmy Jam og Terry Lewis/Flyte Tyme, The Time, Sheila E., Janet Jackson etc.) the album has already become a talking point for international fans of the genre. The album was mixed by sought after, four time Grammy winning producer Jimmy Douglass and formed part of a wider audio visual project including an exhibition and book including photography and artwork by Pål Laukli and Gary Swindell.
    Type Live


12:00am

Dark Times (N)
    Sunday February 19, 2012 12:00am - 12:30am @ Rockefeller annex
    Trio Dark Times began life in Oslo in 2010 as group with no previous band experience, and with minimal musical knowledge. However, they quickly got to it, recording a demo that Autumn, which was subsequently released on cassette by DIY labels Ormeyngel and on Sacred Tapes in the US. One of the tracks was featured on Fysisk Format’s Bransjevelter #6. Dark Times’ noisy brand of punk has been well received by the underground scene their nascent live career has now begun with shows in Oslo and Bergen. The band is also part of the Black Hole Crew, along with Okkultokrati, Haust and Drugged SS. In the Autumn of 2011 they released a 7-inch on Sheep Chase Records and are planning a full length album for 2012. Reviews:
    “[the demo] was as much a mission statement of intent than anything else. It cracked a trebly and raw take on making a Riotous bat in little under a quarter of an hour” – jajajamusic.com “Worlds Away “In particular is a great example of the band that their best; a dark trudge brimming with resentment” – itsatrap.com
    Type Live


 

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