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Young Oslo-based quartet 120 Days

之所以取名為Smalltown Supersound「小城鎮、大聲響」,廠牌負責人Joakim Haugland在接受自己的訪談中曾經提到,無論是奧斯陸、特隆罕姆,亦或是卑爾根對照於倫敦、巴黎、紐約或其他城市來說,顯然只能算是個小城市,在音樂發展上也是如此。於是當他與一群喜歡音樂的友人決定組織自己的品牌時,從小城鎮出發進而傳響全世界的概念就在他的內心深植。Jaga Jazzist算是Smalltown多年來經營最大的收獲,在歐洲乃至亞洲地區已逐漸累積出不小的迴響與支持群眾;無怪乎Joakim經常率領廠牌底下多組藝人赴日本演出,而下個月Joakim則將以DJ身份連同Mental Overdrive、Toy以及Kim Hiorthøy再次造訪日本。

120 Days 是一支原先來自挪威西北方小城鎮Kristiansund的四人搖滾樂隊,最初他們將樂隊喚作The Beautiful People,成軍於O一年秋天。四位年紀未滿20歲的小伙子Ådne Meisfjord(主唱.吉他.鍵琴)、Kjetil Ovesen(合成器)、Arne Stöy Kvalvik(鼓機.效果器)以及Jonas Dahl(貝斯)以令人意外般成熟的德國70's Kraut rock引起了自己的注意。誠然過去樂壇上出現過多數復興Kraut rock的樂隊已叫人聽的有些貧乏,沒想到120 Days卻不墨守成規。在他們剛剛同步發行的首張同名專輯「120 Days」中,大量融合neu!、spacemen 3甚至是kraftwerk、噪音吉他樂隊jesus & mary chain等人的音樂肌里,挪威官方報導一再提到他們的音樂是new rock,也就是一種新型的搖滾音樂型態。專輯並交由Jørgen Sir Dupermann Træen擔綱製作,今年四月間於卑爾根錄製完成。一首長達八分多鐘的開場曲Come Out, Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone猶如乘作spacemen 3的太空搖滾列車,旅途中不斷湧現的neu!與Kraut rock精神叫人回味再三。迫不及待地要與各位分享120 Days所帶來的音樂震撼,請趕緊到他們的myspace上去試聽3首專輯新歌以及在這裡這裡下載由Lansing-Dreiden、The Field(Kompakt)所炮製的混音Come Out, Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone.

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more about 120 Days 120 Days had its first rehersal autumn 2001 in their small hometown, Kristiansund, on the north-westcoast of Norway. The band consisted of four 19 year old friends Jonas Dahl, Arne Kvalvik, Kjetil Ovesen and Ådne Meisfjord. They called themselves The Beautiful People.

In 2002 the band moved to Oslo, to be closer to the music-center of Norway and to focus 100% on their music. In Oslo the whole band moved together in a caravan-trailer. Here they lived for 4 months. In these intense months the only things they did were rehearse. But by living in the caravan trailer they had to instantly struggle with junkies breaking in, so in the end they had to give up and move out. But by the time the 120 Days sound was created.

Early in 2004 the band released their critically acclaimed first EP titled Sedated Times on the small Oslo label Public Demand Records (see AMG review under). Late 2004 they released their second EP, this time a selftitled 5 track EP. This EP caused quite a stir in Norway. And after the band`s gig at By:Larm in Norway (the Norwegian equivalent to South By Southwest) the band sent shockwaves through a lot of industry people, and the gig resulted in the band being booked to both the Reading and Leeds Festival and the Sonar Festival, and this after two Norway only releases. Also the New York label Vice Records (Bloc Party, The Streets, Death From Above 1979) was deeply impressed by the gig and started chasing the band. Meanwhile the band continued to prepare for their debut album. By this time the band had found their home with the Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound (Jaga Jazzist, Lindstrøm, Kim Hiorthøy, Bjørn Torske).

Their selftitled debut album was produced by the band themselves and recorded in Oslo`s Crystal Canyon studios in January and February 2006. The album was mixed by Jørgen Sir Dupermann Træen and the band in Duper Studio, Bergen, in April 2006.

120 Days' debut album will be released in the autumn of 2006 on Vice Records in USA licensed from Smalltown Supersound. The European deal is not yet closed.

All Music Guide about 120 Days:
Very few bands release really remarkable debut singles, and very few Norwegian bands manage to excite parts of the international music intelligentsia. With Sedated Times, young Oslo-based quartet 120 Days, then known as the Beautiful People, managed both. Their sound is both original and modern enough to fit in with the so-called "new rock" of the early 2000s. Their use of a drum machine and Kraftwerk-esque analogue synthesizers rather than guitars sets them apart from most of the leading international neo-rock bands. But there's a certain desperate-yet-tuneful tone to singer Ådne Meisfjord's distorted voice that made several critics rightfully compare him with a young Iggy Pop and Julian Casablancas of the Strokes. But 120 Days have something more going for them. Not that they are timeless, of course. Nothing is. But their songs have these irresistible pop hooks and vocal melodies that could have made them hits in pretty much every one of the last four or five decades. High-tempo opener "Every Day" is so bold that it opens with a ultra-catchy chorus and just gets better, deservedly making it an indie hit in Norway. "Fucked Myself Up on a Friday Night" is a successful update of the Velvet Underground circa 1968, sounding dirty and messy as hell, backed by industrial-sounding noise. The real standout, though, is the third and last song, "Sedated Times." It's a classic tale of small-town misery with a poetically desperate wanting-to-get-out-before-it-kills-me theme of such great artists as Bruce Springsteen and fellow Scandinavian pop poet Håkan Hellström. The lyrics, whether knowingly or not, even evoke classic Greek tragedy in the couplet "I've seen to much/let me go blind," and manage to do so without ever going over the top. This is powerful stuff from a band that undoubtedly has a great recording future ahead of it.

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