Wednesday, June 24, 2009

2 great Norwegian indie bands not on Spotify

This time we're gonna do something different. There are a few bands that deserve to be on the Northern Exposure playlist had they only been on Spotify. So this post is gonna be focused on our wishlist for Northern Exposure.

Sigh & Explode

This band is an shock & awe attack on your eardrums. S&E plays intelligent and arty screamo / post-hardcore in the vein of The Blood Brothers and fellow Oslo-band Rumble In Rhodos. Genre purists have made a habit of criticizing the band for this, but when S&E released their debut record "These Seem Like Tarantulas" we believe their tongues were tied. Produced by Emil Nikolaisen of Serena Maneesh fame and Bjarne Stensli of Harrys Gym the record trancends the usual hardcore fare by light years. It's a record filled with details elegantly hidden beneath white noise and clever soundscapes. Go to MySpace, have a listen, and we put our money on that you will agree.


They won the Norwegian Grammy for best rock album of 2008. No wonder 'cause Lake Toba from Lukestar is indie rock with a difference. If you like the high pitched meaows of Mew and Sigur Rós you will love lead singer Truls's voice. Lukestar's appeal comes from clever songcraft and them sounding like they are playing live on their record - no Pro Tools touch ups or autotune as far as we can tell. Go to their MySpace and hear for yourself.