With their seventh album ’The Gospel' scheduled for release on 26th February via Fysisk Format, Norwegian rock pioneers Årabrot have now announced a run of European dates. Årabrot mainman Kjetil Nernes comments:'Årabrot on the road 2016 - in search of something to fill the void - is the culmination of everything the band have done so far and definitely introduces the strongest lineup to date. Beware!'
During their 12 years of existence, Årabrot has managed to upset and confuse people in every possible way. From the get go in Haugesund on the windy Norwegian westcoast, where it all started, they’ve been provoking people with controversial artwork and music ranging from sleazy punk rock to cerebral experimentalism.Carrying all the hallmarks of a cult band and with hard core fans all over the world, Årabrot have blown up everything from the dirtiest squats to art galleries and huge festivals. On the side of their rock band setup, they've also done music for silent movies like Die Niebelungen and Doctor Caligari and provided live music for The Quietus-founder John Doran's spoken word tour.
On top of all of this they won a Norwegian grammy for their 2011 album Solar Anus.The new album “The Gospel” is recorded partly at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio in Chicago and
partly in the old church in the woods of Dalarna, Sweden where Nernes lives and runs his studio these days. Listen to title track ‘The Gospel’ which the band revealed towards the end of 2015.
This new album though could just as well never have happened. Just before going on a three week UK tour Årabrot main man Kjetil Nernes discovered an unsettling itch in his throat. After a quick visit to the doctor Nernes completed the tour with an alarming secret: Malignant cancer.The album you have in front of you is a collection of the music and lyrics written while undergoing surgery ,treatment and recovery. In Nernes' own words:"The theme of the Gospel is a vision of the lonely warrior on a summit looking out over a battle field, the smoke from the bomb craters, an all-encompassing silence. The war was against one self; against the ugliness, against the sickness. You sink to the bottom of the sea. All of a sudden you are back on the surface again, stupefied. And hungry! A wicked hunger for everything human life has to offer: Sex! War! Drugs! You breathe, but not like before. "The man who has been in hell never forget""that the recent EP's I Modi and You Bunch of Idiots has hinted at. This is Årabrot at its most The Gospel marks the start of the new era in Årabrot's evolution confronting and unsettling yet still their most accessible work so far.
Årabrot has had a revolving crew of contributors the last 4 years. This time the band has been reinforced with among others, Ted Parsons (Killing Joke, Swans, Prong) on drums, Andrew Liles (Current 93/Nurse With Wound) and Stephen O’Malley (SunnO))/KTL) on guitar. Kvelertak singer Erlend Hjelvik also appears with norse guest vocals on "Ah Feel". As usual, the artwork is signed by Norwegian artist Johannes Høie.
Cattle: Equal parts head and guts, Cattle are an all screaming, all dancing noise-groove wall of sound, with stomach churning riffs and double drumming that will take you through hell with a hip-shake.
Formed in 2012, Cattle have released one EP and shared a stage with the likes of True Widow, the Intelligence, Zeus and Yak to name but a few. With a wide mix of sounds and influences the band have been fortunate enough to play in a wide variety of scenes - from noise rock to hardcore to psych to pop music, mingling effortlessly among the party, like the high class debutants they are. A new album is coming 2016 so expect a lifetime of satisfaction. cattle.bandcamp.com/.
Casual Nun : A multi-national collective drawn together from the ashes of the likes of Dethscalator and Throne, Casual Nun are a band from an expensive place called London. They enjoy Japanese noise rock, German music from the 1970's, monster movies & the Gilmore Girls. They play their music through the medium of guitar, bass, vocals, and two drummers hitting things and hope to take you on a journey to at very least somewhere near the cosmos if not directly to the centre of it. A cassette release by Grumpy's Third Eye Lives will be followed by an LP on Box Records in 2016.