Having only been in existence for a few years, Norwegian group I Was a King has quickly gained recognition from the media, musicians, and fans alike. Front man Frode Strømstad has been said to have a unique gift of creating addictive melodies that hold distinctive roots to the 60’s, distorted through a 90’s indie scene filter.
In 2007, I Was A King released their debut, Losing Something Good for Something Better. It was labeled “Royally brilliant” and given 8 out of 10 by NME. The Independent, and The Sunday Times gave equally flattering praise and The Guardian said; “Norwegian wunderkind Strømstad takes ol’ lankhair’s ramshackle rock and squeezes it through a dreampop filter… If Alan McGee hadn’t wound down Creation, this lot would have been first in the queue to sign on the dotted line. File next to: Fountains Of Wayne, Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, Strawberry Wine-era My Bloody Valentine.”
The new album “I Was a King” features collaborations from Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh), Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Smith (Danielson) and Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor). The album was recorded at Marlborough Farms (Brooklyn, NY) and mixed by Nick Terry (Primal Scream, The Libertines, Klaxons).
A digital and 7″ import single; It’s all you / Norman Bleik, is released through Norwegian and Danish labels, Hype City/Morningside. Their self-titled album is out for sale through Hype City in Norway, Morningside in Denmark, and The Control Group (El Perro del Mar, The Figurines) in the US. The album recently received a 6/6 rating in one of Norway’s largest newspapers, Dagbladet, and has already gained comparison to acts such as Teenage Fanclub and Guided By Voices.
Past shows:Jan. 14th, 2010 00:00: @ Paradiso, Amsterdam
Jan. 15th, 2010 00:00: @ Eurosonic Festival
Feb. 25th, 2010 00:00: @ Brixton Windmill, London
Feb. 26th, 2010 00:00: @ Club NME@ koko, London
Feb. 26th, 2010 00:00: @ Camden Flowerpot, London
Nov. 11th, 2010 00:00: @ Garage, Oslo, Norway
Oct. 21st, 2011 00:00: @ Blårock, Tromsø, Norway
Oct. 23rd, 2011 00:00: @ Cementen, Stavanger, Norway
Oct. 25th, 2011 00:00: @ På Hjørnet, Kristiansand, Norway
Oct. 26th, 2011 00:00: @ Revolver, Oslo, Norway
Oct. 17th, 2012 00:00: @ Egersund Kulturhus, Egersund, Norway
Oct. 18th, 2012 00:00: @ Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway
Oct. 20th, 2012 00:00: @ Blæst, Trondheim, Norway
Oct. 24th, 2012 00:00: @ Hulen, Bergen, Norway
Oct. 25th, 2012 00:00: @ Jimmy Legs, Haugesund, Norway
Oct. 26th, 2012 00:00: @ Cafe Mono, Oslo, Norway
Jan. 25th, 2013 00:00: @ Øyo, Stord, Norway