The ultimate cult, lo fi, hi fi, punk and techno band plays pop..
Late summer 2000, someone got the idea of arranging an outdoor festival in Bergen, Norway. Not necessarily a very good idea, since Bergen has about 280 rainy days a year. The festival featured a bunch of local artists, and Howie B
And it rained. Sitting under a tree, watching people try to dance in the mud, Fredrik Saroea, Ketil Mosnes and Kevin OBrien figured out they wanted to start a band. Problem was, only Fredrik could play an instrument properly, so they hired Tom Mæland as well. Not because HE could play an instrument (he couldnt) but at least he was good at computer animation
Year 2004. Strange things have happened: Although Datarock, which now is the name of the band, only have released 3 EPs printed in a total amount of a couple of thousand, they have still played in front of 3000 people at one of the Sonar Festival in Barcelonas main stages, their songs have been featured on four different compilation CDs including the Sonar compilation and an compilation from Escalator Records (Japan), they have been listed on several radio stations around the world, they have achieved a reputation as a fantastic live act (after the Sonar Festival, The Guardians web pages called them one the festivals highlights - see whole review here) Why? Well, if you ask the band members, they would probably say its because they are the peak of pop evolution. Or evolution in general. More objective people would most likely say its because they make a nice mix of lo fi-pop, casio, disco, hardcore and rock. Its Datarock music. And even though both Tom the animator and Kevin the American has left the group (Kevin thought the weather in Bergen sucked and moved, while Tom wanted to focus on making peppermint candy) the Datarock crew can still vary from 2 till 19 people on stage, with Fredrik and Ketil as the only regular members and songwriters.
SOME FACTS ABOUT DATAROCK:
-They have performed at everything from tiny bars in the middle of Finland, via student venues in Switzerland, to 15 000 capacity stages in Norway.
-Fredrik the singer has also released a bunch of solo singles. One of them was a 7 on Tellé Records, which featured Annie, and which also lead to cooperation with Dimitri from Paris.
-An English music mag once described Datarocks music as Bee Gees meet Kraftwerk in an elevator.
-Datarocks live shows have sometimes featured their semi-regular mens choir, consisting of an unspecified number of men who cant really sing that well, but at least are slightly intoxicated. Drummers, dancers and a marching band might also be featured at some occasions.
-Debut album coming up soon!