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.
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.
Norwegian Grammy Award-winning Årabrot
Kjetil Nernes – vocals, EGCs, synths
Milton von Krogh – guitars
Magnus Nymo – drums
Lasse Marhaug – noise
Johannes Høie – art
Karin Park – vocals, electric piano, synths
Ted Parsons (Swans, Killing Joke, Jesu, Prong)
Andrew Liles (Current 93/Nurse With Wound)
Stephen O’malley (SunnO))/KTL)
Erlend Hjevik (Singer, Kvelertak)
Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh 4AD)
Kristoffer Lo (Highasakite/Trondheim Jazz Orchestra)