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6:30pm

Casa Murilo (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 6:30pm - 7:00pm @ Sub Scene
    Over the last few years Casa Murilo have made serious headway in a crowded Norwegian indie scene, and have managed to establish themselves as one of the most relevant bands of their kind. Not unlike Mumford & Sons, they too are more than capable of treading that fine line that needs to be taken when you’re a folky indie band. It is truly sing-a-long stuff that can catch you off guard, whisking you along with their legion of fans, which is growing steadily not least due to their phenomenal live shows. It says something perhaps that after their Øya show in August last year, Plan B magazine hailed them as Norway’s best band. Come to the show and let Casa Murilo show you how good it can be when you marry British precision and Norwegian spirit.
    Type Live


7:30pm

Emilio (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 7:30pm - 8:00pm @ Sub Scene
    Emilio is an unknown artist for many people in Norway, but the 20-year-old rapper from Oslo has been behind the scenes of the music industry in Norway for many years. With an active participation in Gatekunst (Street Art) Projects and releases by Sama D, Emilio started a humble but solid career when he was just eleven years old. He has done warmup gigs for Karpe Diem, Madcon, Lars Vaular, Lloyd Banks, Ken Ring, Gatas Parlament, and the future looks promising for the young artist. Emilio is a part of the creative collective “BAWS”, and you may have seen him in Baws videos with rappers such as Phil T Rich, Rob Banks and Aon. In the first week of September 2011, his first EP, “While You Were Sleeping,” was released. “While You Were Sleeping” is a reflection of everyday life with influences from a very colorful environment, and describes moods and love. The title is inspired by a sense of being underrated and “slept on”, and perhaps it is due time to wake up and download Emilio – “While You Were Sleeping”.
    Type Live


8:30pm

Jabba The Butt (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm @ Sub Scene
    Jabba the Butt are an experimental noise-rock duo originally from rural Northern-Norway. With only two members, a bassist and a drummer, the sound is bound to be unconventional. And that is very much the case with Jabba the Butt. The band sounds dirty, rough and at times quite groovy and noisy, and brings to mind new hardcore as well as old sludgecore and heavy metal. The band consists of Rolf-Ole Rydeng Jenssen and Lars-Erik Kroken Mikkelsen, and the boys have consistently delivered compelling, innovative and interesting live shows.
    Type Live


9:30pm

Pirate Love (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ Sub Scene
    Pirate Love are finally back… The Oslo band, who by many people’s reckoning were heirs apparent to the Norwegian rock throne in the wake of their debut album “Black Vodoun Space Blues”, have spent their time since profitably. With their caustic brew of psychedelic nihilism, razor sharp guitars and otherworldly primal cries, Pirate Love have once again turned the reverb up to eleven, and as usual, they wander along rock’s more peculiar paths. Guitarist Milton Von Krogh, vocalist David Al Dajani, guitarist Henrik Steen and bassist Mr. R form the core of Pirate Love, which since their inception in 2005 has grown to become a sought-after name at both Norwegian and foreign concert venues. Their new album “Narco Lux High School” sees the band take a quantum leap further, and invites the listener on a sedated, transcendental journey into Pirate Love’s twisted musical universe. An album as troublesome as it is grandiose.
    Type Live


10:30pm

Mathias Stubø Band
    Thursday February 16, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ Sub Scene
    Mathias Stubø delivered two of the top albums in 2011,
    if we are to take the music reviewers seriously. In May he released “Real Love Tastes Like This” under the moniker Proviant Audio, and got fives and sixes on the dice all over Europe. The second album was entitled “1979” and released through the credible label BBE Records (J Dilla, Masters at Work, Pete Rock, Jazzy Jeff). BBE rarely sign new, young artists, but fell head over heels when they heard Stubø´s disco. A new Stubø album is already in the works. “Mathias Stubø competing for the unofficial gig-of-the-festival.” (Q Magazine after by:Larm 2011)
    Type Live


 
 

6:30pm

Beaten To Death (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 6:30pm - 7:00pm @ Sub Scene
    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


7:30pm

Dark Times (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 7:30pm - 8:00pm @ Sub Scene
    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


8:30pm

Zoom winner - Slim B & Horvei the Greatness (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm @ Sub Scene
    Slim-B & Horvei The Greatness and Rabalasset are a new shot at the hip-hop establishment with their live based hip-hop hybrid. Their style is comprised of a bunch of elements that you wouldn’t normally associate with hip-hop. A seven man band create an intensity more reminiscent of a punk band rather than hip-hop and the lyrics are sung in English with an American swagger. The sound is characterised by dark, slamming beats that brings it all together.
    Type Live


9:30pm

Zoom tour 2012 - Casual Friday (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ Sub Scene
    Casual Friday breath new life into the much debated and already established indie genre, with a band with an an energetic, melodic twist. The band was initially inspired by bands like The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Kings of Leon and so on but more recently the band have take a more Foals orientated direction with contrasting guitar melodies. The Tønsberg based band have played at Slottsfjell festival in 2010 amongst others and have appeared at the festival’s live venue Total on a number of occasions including a support slot for Lukestar. On stage, Casual Friday are brimming with energy and have a reputation for engaging their audience from start to finish.
    Type Live


10:30pm

Maribel (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ Sub Scene
    Critically acclaimed Oslo four-piece Maribel have resurfaced with the announcement of their second album “Reveries”, forthcoming this January on Oslo based label Splendour (of Montreal, Harrys Gym, Siinai). Blending shoegaze and noise-pop with cinematic influences Maribel create heavy, dark, distorted pop. The tracks are guided by the breathy and enchanting vocals of their newly added East-German lead singer Rebekka Marstein. As female vocals intertwine with those of songwriter/ lead guitarist Pål Espen Kapelrud, one is likely to recall the oft-referenced My Bloody Valentine or Jesus and Mary Chain. On the back of their debut album “Aestheircs” (produced by Serena-Maneesh frontman Emil Nikolaisen) the band earned high praise form the Norwegian press and international recognition from the likes of Drowned in Sound (UK), Soundvenue (DK) and GAFFA (DK) amongst others. It also saw Maribel implode, break-up and then reform with a new line-up including Pica Pica’s Rebekka Markstein on vocals and Bjarne Stensil (Harrys Gym) on percussion. Maribel has toured in Scandinavia and the UK, including a warming up for Crystal Stilts and Interpol. In addition Maribel managed to captivate audiences at festivals such as Øya, Hove, SPOT, by:Larm and many others. Of their set at SPOT in 2010 Clash Magazine said, “Obvious influences from My Bloody Valentine, Lush and Slowdive (isn’t referencing to those bands the whole point anyway?) didn’t get in the way of what came to be an intense, feedback-laden sonic experience hinting at a very exciting follow-up. Looking forward to it.” The band is known for noisy and chaotic pop with sugar sweet melodies that are often compared to the aforementioned My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins or fellow Oslo shoegazers Serena Maneesh. However, since reforming Maribel sites their most important influences as film scores by like John Barry, John Dankworth, Henry Mancini and Ennio Morricone. Darker and heavier sound are accompanied by programmed percussion that is apparently influenced by hip-hop style sampling and looping. With a new record ready for release and a new line-up, Maribel is ready to start to get re-acquainted with dark bar-rooms across the world. “Norwegian outfit Maribel could soundtrack the most hallucinogenic dream or hellish nightmare at the flick of a switch.” – DrownedinSound “In half an hour Maribel succeeds in taking you on a dizzying journey, recalling what is so great about the bands they reference.” – Soundvenue “By combining dirty American style rock and more polite British noise-pop they create something that is simultaneously new and known.” – Dagsavisen
    Type Live


 
 

6:30pm

The Avalanche (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 6:30pm - 7:00pm @ Sub Scene
    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


7:30pm

Highasakite (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 7:30pm - 8:00pm @ Sub Scene
    Ingrid Helene Håvik from Your Headlights Are On and Trond Bersu from Pelbo are the core of HighasaKite. Vocals, zither, electronics and drums form the basis of the band’s sound. In the studio the band are joined by Krøyt’s Thomas Dahl on guitar and live the band are augmented by Sacred Harp’s Øystein Skar on keys. HighasaKite are a relatively new proposition, but even in a short space of time, a lot has happened. They won the 2011 Momentum prize netting them 15 days at the Ocean Sound studio and a slot at now key event Sommerfesten Giske. In addition they’ve had a couple of nods from NRK Urørt and that’s resulted in airplay on P3 as well as being playlisted on a number of other regional stations. Their debut album is now complete and will be released via Riot Factory. “Like a warm breeze HighasaKite swathe you in mystery, something that feels both comfortable and healthy. “Indian Summer” has qualities that sound like they’re from the world that Lykke Li plays in, cool electronic pop with a good ear for melody and stunning vocals." – NRK P3 Urørt
    Type Live


8:30pm

Bendik (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm @ Sub Scene
    Bendik is where noise, ice-cold pop and warm ambience converge, creating something achingly beautiful, siren-like that can lead you into dangerous waters. Bendik’s music belongs to a fantasy universe, like something emanating from deep inside a dark forest. “Foggy ambient pop from a wide, dim landscape that can make your heart ship a beat – or sometimes, if the conditions are right, even stop completely.” – No Fear Of Pop In March 2011 Bendik released the homemade “Silent EP” limited to just 100 copies, and at the same time were picked as an Urørt artist of the week for the song “Again” on NRK P3. Bendik plan a beautiful and exciting little EP for release in Spring 2012 and their debut album is slated for release later in the year. In 2011 they’ve enjoyed a busy festival season having played among others Slottsfjell, Øya and Pstereo. Bendik are:
    Silje Halstensen – vocals, guitar, synth
    Erlend Sveen River – Moog, synth, vocals
    Eivind Helgerød – drums, vocals
    Type Live


9:30pm

Simen Tangen

10:30pm

Hanne Kolstø (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ Sub Scene
    Hanne Kolstø, also known as one half of electronica duo Thelma & Clyde, is a restless singer / songwriter who never fails to surprise. In forgotten sounds and abandoned synths Hanne finds hidden melodies. Growing up in the shadow of the mountains in Sunnmøre and subsequently for the last decade in Kristiansand has certainly left its mark. There is often an Obstfelderesque (Norwegian poet) alienation behind her lyrics and sounds, and even in her most beautiful pop songs, there is a sense of desperation in her mystical, unpolished voice. “You’ll notice that fantastic sensation of music that grows on you every time you hear it, that reveals exciting new details each time you listen. In the end you’re left with one of the most exciting Norwegian debut albums in a long, long time.” – Musikknyheter.no 8/10 “Riot Break is the record that Björk has been promising for fifteen years but has never delivered… It is lucky that we don’t give quantitative scores in reviews in this paper, because any number I were to give would be too low.” – Morgenbladet
    Type Live


 

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