The new album from Kings of Convenience 'Riot On An Empty Street' is getting great reviews in the press. See them at Arches in Glasgow 22 June and at Southern Hotel in Manchester 23 June.
Their second album picks up where ‘Quiet Is The New Loud’ left off. Recorded over the last six months in Bergen, with periodic visits from ex-patriot Erlend - Riot contains a little more complex instrumentation this time around. The acoustic sound is still very much the leading edge, augmented by banjo (Eirik), self-taught trumpet (Erlend), bass, drums and other instrumentation in carefully selected places.
While Erlend, with his numerous projects, has been on a quest to meet, communicate with and entertain the entire world, Eirik has been back in Bergen (where he likes it best) treating patients as part of his psychology degree.
Erlend's solo release 'DJ Kicks', where he sings over records, has been dubbed some of the best in the series' history. Says Eirik, “Therapy is a very interesting process. It’s about creativity as much as music, making something new out of all the pieces that are already there. It’s particularly good for finding your own true inner voice."
‘Riot On An Empty Street’ was almost called ‘Republic Of Two’ -- an almost perfect metaphor for their different lives; held apart by distance but bound together in song.
- Arches, Glasgow (0141-565 1023), Tuesday 22 June, 8pm
- Souther Hotel, Manchester (01482 806001), Wednesday 23 June
Click here to read an interview with Kings of Convenience published in the Guardian 4 June 2004
Click here to read the press writings