Norwegian band Serena Maneesh will accompany American rockers The Dandy Warhols on their forthcoming European tour.
Serena Maneesh recently released their debut self-titled album debut which has been described as "eleven songs that slide down a razor’s edge of distortion and pop whimsy, raucous guitar work and underwater static, angelic voices and primal screams. The strange melodies are strikingly original, yet they strike to the heart of something familiar: a classic rock guitar lick, a wound, a kiss."
The tour includes three UK performances:
23 October: Glasgow, Academy
25 October: Manchester, Ritz
26 October: London, Hammersmith Palais
Inspired by everything from Southern blues via Neu! to Gershwin, Serena Maneesh say they are as much about exploring sound as crafting song. "Working in both horizontal and vertical layers, head musician Emil Nikolaisen creates tuneful paradoxes, infinite yet time-bound. His meticulous compositions balance whispery female vocals and underlying violin with driving guitar rock, distorted samples, and chant-like repetition."
The album was completed in half a year in various cities such as Chicago, (at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio), Oslo, New York City and Stockholm. It was mixed by, among others, Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth) and Nikolaisen employed several of his sisters (Elvira and Hilma), friends (Sufjan Stevens and Daniel Smith of the Danielson Famile), and musicians Lina Holström on female vocals, Eivind Schou on violin, Sondre Tristan Midttun on guitar, and Tommy Akerholdt on drums.