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Tiger presents Thursday @ Revolver

8:30pm

Bendik (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm @ Revolver
    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

Maribel (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ Revolver
    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


10:30pm

Overthrow (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ Revolver
    “Playing as loud as you would ever dare to wish for and as energetic as that hyperactive neighbourhood-kid, their sound comes somewhere between thrash metal bands like Municipal Waste and fellow Stavanger band Kvelertak.” – Isabella Greffel, By:Larm news 2010 High-octane, hard-as-nails and catchy are all words you could use to describe Overthrow. Since the band’s inception in 2007 the band have toured with / open for the likes of Kvelertak, Clutch, Cancer Bats, Purified in Blood and Valient Thorr. The band shared a stage with Norwegian metal gods Immortal and Enslaved at RxR festival in 2011. In April last year the band were NRK Urørt track of the week and are nominated for Urørt band of the year. So far eight songs have seen the light of day in the form of three demo releases, the most recent coming in August 2011 with contributions from members of Purified in Blood and Kvelertak. In Spring 2012 the band will embark on a run of domestic dates with Swedish legends In Flames, with a debut album expected to follow after the Summer. “A top-notch live band, with huge riffs that really get the crowd moving. Bring the mosh!” – RxR Festival 2011
    Type Live


11:30pm

Dark Times (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 11:30pm - 12:00am @ Revolver
    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


12:30am

Vestindien (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ Revolver
    Vestindien started life in January 2010 and immediately began to play shows, soon becoming a favourite of the Bergen underground scene, playing shows all over town. At the time of writing, the band are putting the finishing touches to an E.P. at Pelikan Studios with Mattias Tellez (Razika, Young Dreams, Kakkmaddafakka, Real Ones) at the controls. Dag Erik Nygaard (Blood Command, Livstid, I.O.U.) will mix the record and it will be self-released on the band’s own label Totalagenda Records, in October 2011.
    Type Live


8:30pm

Prinspolo (ICL)
    Friday February 17, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm @ Revolver
    Prinspóló is the alter-ego of Skakkamanage’s front man Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson. Prinspóló sings about the important things in life, like food and senior citizens. His quirky lyrics and catchy tunes has gained him some popularity amongst the downtown Reykjavík music scene and among suburban housewives. Prinspóló has released one EP called “Einn Heima” and new LP is being released on Kimi Records in the beginning of June 2011. The album is called “Jukk”, meaning everything, something and nothing. Prinspóló performs with a band comprised of musicians drawn from FM Belfast, Reykjavík! and Sudden Weather Change.
    Type Live


9:30pm

Anja Elena Viken (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ Revolver
    Anja Elena Viken is, according to Bergenavisen, one of the standout new acts of the last year. After putting up only two songs on her Urørt profile (NRK equivalent of BBC Introducing) she already had Made Management (Young Dreams, John Olav Nilsen og Gjengen) and Up Front Artist (Fjorden, Baby!, 120 Days, Lindstrøm) on board. According to Bergenavisen she is the middle ground between Bergen’s hottest acts John Olav Nilsen and Razika and is a long awaited shot in the arm for the Bergen music scene. Anja Elena Viken is near the top of Musikknyheters ones-to-watch in 2012 and with tracks like “Gatekredibilitet” and “Klæssar deg ned”, even at this early stage it looks like she’s got a big year ahead of her.
    Type Live


10:30pm

Thulebasen (DK)
    Friday February 17, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ Revolver
    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


11:30pm

Masquer (S)
    Friday February 17, 2012 11:30pm - 12:00am @ Revolver
    “Swedish synth-pop outfit Masquer’s debut consists of pop hits with a dark edge” (Dazed Digital) Masquer entwine lonesome, broken guitar lines drowned in chorus with beautiful teen angst vocals and catchy synthesizers backed by lo-fidrum machines. They remind you of your favorite 80’s mixtape, and it hits you right there, like they’re channeling that poetic pop love from your past. The long awaited debut album “Cover My Face As The Animals Cry” had Scandinavian release September 14th, through Rough Trade distribution and was produced by Swedish artist and composer Per Egland. Their first single “Happiness” was released in May together with a remix by Swedish-German techno act The Field (Kompakt). “Happiness” was played frequently on national radio and Masquer recieved critical acclaim amongst music- and fashion blogs such as Dazed Digital and PSL. Next single included a remix by Swedish electronica artist Andreas Tilliander, and was also added to frequent rotation on national radio. The Stockholm based duo has performed frequently the past year and played at venues together with acts like Niki And The Dove and also toured as opening acts for artists like The Field and Asha Ali. They got booked for Swedish festival Way Out West, summer 2011, and played at the same venue as Warpaint and Radio Dept.
    Type Live


12:30am

Casa Murilo (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ Revolver
    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


8:30pm

Jabba The Butt (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm @ Revolver
    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

Staer (N)

10:30pm

Fonal label night - Jarse (FI)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ Revolver
    A power duo from south coast of Finland, Jarse has been preparing for a psychedelic revolution since 2009, drawing inspiration from the entire history of psychedelic music, from dark, prehistorical times right through to the distant future. In 2011 first official Jarse release, 7" single “Alas” (Fonal Records) saw daylight. To celebrate this in Summer 2011 Jarse played 6 week long European tour through central Europe, Scandinavia and even Iceland. Performances in pitch dark venues with a custom built flicker machine producing hallucinogenic vibrations left audiences astonished. While Jarse was forced to do this tour with a one member lineup, now Jarse are able to manifest their jaw-dropping version of modern day psychedelia as a two piece operation. The curiculum vitae of the members of Jarse contains many notable bands including Shogun Kunitoki, Rauhan Orkesteri, Kiila, Pymathon etc. A.D. 2012 will see the release of first Jarse full length album that has been slowly perfected since early 2010 in their remote cottage studio in Lapland, just under the Arctic Circle.
    Type Live


11:30pm

Fonal label night - Tuusanuuskat (FI)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 11:30pm - 12:00am @ Revolver
    Tuusanuuskat is a collaboration between Es and Tomutonttu. The name of the project Tuusanuuskat is a play on words derived from the phrase “tuusan nuuskana”, (tr. total shambles). It is a Finnish saying that is used when something has broken to a million pieces. Together, they have prepared an experimental cocktail that sounds like two drunken masters of music, conducting the protons and neutrons travelling from their instruments to their skulls and back, to create a musical nucleus.
    Type Live


12:30am

Fonal label night - Barry Andrewsin Disko (FI)
    Sunday February 19, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ Revolver
    Barry Andrewsin Disko is a pseudonymn of Jukka Herva. Jukka comes from Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland and the current home of Santa Claus, but lives now in Turku. He has released two cassettes and played concerts in Finland and Estonia. Recently B.A.D. has piqued the interest of the Finnish music press where they have found some favour. Jukka is currently working on his debut album which is to be released by Fonal Records in 2012. B.A.D’s music is a melange of traditional pop melodies, tape hiss, lo-fi loops, dreams, fears and colourful soundscapes.
    Type Live


 

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