Norway's currently best-selling rock band, Madrugada, are introducing themselves to British music lovers with a concert in Camden, London.
The band released two albums in Norway in 2005 - they became the two biggest selling albums of the year. They also won Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy) for Artist of the Year as well as Rock Album of the Year, Hit Song Of the Year - and bagged a Nordic Music Award. Robbie Williams appears to be a fan as well, he has downloaded the band's biggest hit 'Majesty' onto his Ipod.
Named after the hour before sunrise in Spanish – somehow fitting for a group from the far reaches of the Nordland area of Norway – Madrugada took their first steps playing Rolling Stones and Stooges covers and were also heavily influenced by The Gun Club, The Cramps, Joy Division, Suicide and The Velvet Underground. Signing to Virgin Records Norway in 1998, they released their debut album 'Industrial Silence'.
They promoted second album 'The Nightly Disease' throughout Europe in 2001 and recorded 'Grit' – which included the track 'Majesty' – in Berlin with PJ Harvey producer Head in 2002. 'Majesty' became the group’s signature song, received considerable airplay across Europe throughout 2003.
In 2004, Madrugada worked at Sound City in Los Angeles with famed producer George Drakoulias (Tom Petty, The Jayhawks, Primal Scream) and mixer/engineer David Bianco (Teenage Fanclub, Mick Jagger) on 'The Deep End', their fourth album which came out last year and also featured collaborations with Angelo Badalamenti, cult director David Lynch’s composer of choice, on the track 'Hold On To You'.
Ten years on from their inception, Madrugada are still broadening their musical palette. They recorded 'Lift Me', featuring Norwegian singer Ane Brun, which went to number 1 in the Norwegian singles charts before Christmas 2005. And they recruited the Bodø Sinfonietta orchestra to enhance the songs 'Black Mambo' and 'Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child' on their latest record, the live album 'Live At Tralfamadore' which was release in December 2005 and spent over 10 weeks at the top of the Norwegian album charts.
Madrugada in concert, 5 April
Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London NW1 8AB
Tickets are selling out fast - you can get hold of yours from these official outlets:
Ticketweb: 0870 771 2000 / www.ticketweb.co.uk
Ticketmaster: 0870 534 4444 / www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Stargreen: 0207 734 8932 / www.stargreen.co.uk
See Tickets: 0871 2200 260 / www.seetickets.com/