New Norwegian band enters UK singles chart

Norwegian band Lorraine, who took their name after a character in the film 'Back to the future', have entered the UK Top 40 singles chart at number 29 with the track 'I Feel It'.

Lorraine are Ole Gunnar Gundersen (25, vocals), Anders Winsents (24, guitar) and Paal Myran Haaland (24, keyboards, programming). Their drummer is a little black box which does exactly what it’s told. Between them the members’ personal influences range from New Order, Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode to Kasabian, The Smiths and The Stone Roses, so it’s no surprise that Lorraine’s own music sounds like it should come with ‘Your new favourite band’ stamped across every CD.

The band have their own take on the Lorraine sound – they named themselves after Marty’s mum in Back To The Future, but their ideology lies in the film’s sequel. Paal Myran Haaland says on the band’s upcoming album: “Our songs mix reality and unreality.” 

Many of Lorraine’s songs are based on dreams; Gundersen believes that only in dreams are we completely honest and unfettered by often unfairly imposed moral and social codes. “It’s about articulating the thoughts in your head. Thoughts which wouldn’t come out in conversation. Hopes, dreams, a dark positivity. I don’t know if our songs are happy or sad – we can be quite melancholic. There is happiness, but it might only be temporary.”

“We’ve had some kind of trip into another world making this album,” says Haaland. “We’re all about big atmosphere, big sounds, big songs. We always wanted everything to be very big.”

'I feel It' will feature on Lorraine’s second album which is scheduled for release this autumn on Sony BMG UK.

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