Today, we bring Great News from Norway – a daze-pop trio whose kaleidoscopic, groove-laden sounds were made to mesmerise.
Tropical-tinged new single ‘Never Get My Love’ is the Bergen band’s finest output to date, but don’t just take our word for it – hit play below and just try to remain still in your seat. Spoiler alert: it’s nigh on impossible. Fuzzy and feelgood, the tune’s hypnotic bassline, woozy vocals and scuttling percussion recall the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala. High praise indeed.
With the track out now, and forthcoming debut LP ‘Wonderfault’ on the way via Eget Selskap early next year, we caught up with the thrilling three-piece to get to grips with all things Great News.
‘Never Get My Love’ is magnificent. How did the track come about?
“This song is kind of special actually. It’s a studio jam we did in different studios around Bergen. The first thing we did was the drum track, that’s just the weirdest thing to do, but we did it anyway. Kim and Even went to the studio and recorded the drums as a full track without any chords, riffs or directions. Only following basic structures like verse, bridge and refrain. With the drums as a framework, Ole and Even began to explore what to be done with the track musically with tones and chords, and it resulted in the guitar and bass lead main riff, which forms a kind of a base to the song.”
How did Great News start out?
“Even and Ole played together in a psychedelic band called Dr. Crooks Magic Playground, where Even played drums and Ole played bass. A year after that, Even wanted to try out some new stuff that he had been working on, and the most natural thing was to call Ole and an old bud named Lars who now works as a lawyer. Later on, Kim joined the band after seeing a concert in Bergen, he’s like a legendary drummer in Norway surrounded by lots of myth and tales so that’s great news… We started the band with a vision to create a really big sounding band within the trio format. We want to sound like a 5 piece band solving it without the use of backing tracks in our live shows. When people see us for the first time they’re blown away and always comes up to us and ask how we manage to sound like we do being only three of us.”
What inspired your name?
“Even got a message from a guy in a record company which was interested in our music. We responded quickly “Great News” and decided that this was our name. Easy as that.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Stone Roses, Oasis, Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac and Walter TV.”
Any other new artists you have played with and would recommend?
“We’ve played with Sløtface at KOKO Camden, great band great people! Also, the band Chain Wallet has a great sound! And a band called Evigheten who’s a synth wizard.”
And finally, what does the future hold for Great News?
“First, we’re going to Eurosonic in Groningen, The Netherlands, then we’re playing at London Shacklewell Arms 25th of January, going to be great. We’re consuming more, we’re eating more food, we are healthy, we’re running, we’re dancing, we’re meeting humans as humans and ready to play as much as possible. We will release a new single in January – and we are so much looking forward to releasing our first album ‘Wonderfault’ in February.”