#23] 120 Days:
Mandana Beigi 120 Days
This is the new generation of rock. In fact, if there were an electronic/neo
rock revolution, 120 Days should be the ones leading the movement. They are the
epitome of a sound that has traveled through the tunnel of time and been influenced
by generations of rockers. From the Velvet Underground, Joy Division, and Kraftwerk
to the Stooges, David Bowie, Primal Scream and Radiohead, this band reflects the
passage of time, the classic influences, and the evolution of music all at once.
They are also the first Norwegian band to ever be signed directly to a US label.
Formed in 2001 in Kristiansund on the northwest coast of Norway, the band consisted
of four 19 year-old friends. They called themselves Beautiful People.
They soon ditched the local scene for Oslo where they lived and rehearsed in a
used motor home parked on the street!
acclaimed 3-song EP was released in 2004 on an independent small label in Oslo
(Public Demand Records). Later in the year, they released their second EP, which
took Norway by surprise and paved the way for them to play large gigs such Norways
By:Larm and Oywa festivals, Englands Reading and Leeds festivals, as well
as Spains SONAR festival.
U.S. debut is a remarkable effort in creating a fresh sound that marries the
simplicity of 60s and 70s music to the energy and the progressive approach of
the early 2000s. Come Out, the nine-minute long album opener is
an incredibly bold song with layers of electronic rock, pop hooks, and versatile
vocals. The high-tempo Get Away, the irresistible Lazy Eyes
and the creepy mellow Sleepless Nights lead up to eleven minutes
of pure experimental music on Ive Lost My Vision.
This is undoubtedly
one of the best records I have heard in a long time and perhaps a small glimpse
at what these guys are capable of.