Norwegian camp-disco-synth-pop spreads across the country

 Date:27/09/2006 - 17/10/2006
 Type:Culture, Music

Norwegian duo Datarock, whose music is described as uproariously sleazy, sexually ambiguous, camp-disco-synth-pop, are back in the UK as part of the annual NME Tour after releasing their debut album in July.

The duo consists of Fredrik Saroea on vocals, guitars, drums and keyboards, and Ketil Mosnes on bass, programming, keyboards as well as backing vocals. The boys are from Bergen, the very same city that in recent years has produced international success stories such as Röyksopp, Kings of Convenience and Annie.

The duo take their inspiration from bands like Devo, Talking Heads and the Happy Mondays, and have a genuine DIY attitude; they produce all their music themselves as well as their artwork and website. Through their energetic and unique live performances, which started in 2000, Datarock caught people’s imagination instantly, and not just in Norway. Following some smaller releases, the duo released 'Datarock Datarock' last year in Norway on their own label, Young Aspiring Professionals. The duo released the album in the UK on 3 July.

Datarock - NME UK Tour
27.09, Norwich, Waterfront
28.09, Stoke, Underground
29.09, Liverpool, Stanley Theatre
30.09, Sheffield, Plug
02.10, Middlesborough, Empire
03.10, Manchester, Academy 3
04.10, Aberdeen, Tunnels
05.10, Glasgow, Arches
07.10, Leeds, Faversham
08.10, Nottingham, Stealth
10.10, Birmingham, Custard Factory
11.10, Northampton, Soundhaus
13.10, London, KOKO
14.10, Brighton, Concorde
16.10, Oxford, Zodiac
17.10, Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

Photo: Knut Aaserud

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Datarock released their new album in the UK this summerPhoto: Knut Aaserud