Norwegian band Lorraine, who took their name after a character in the film 'Back to the future', are currently touring the UK.
Lorraine are Ole Gunnar Gundersen (24, vocals), Anders Winsents (24, guitar) and Paal Myran Haaland (23, 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.”
Lorraine’s second album is scheduled for release this autumn on Sony BMG UK. During the UK tour, the band will be sharing the bill with acts The Feeling and Mobile.
Lorraine - UK Tour
Mar 4 - Soundhaus, Northampton
Mar 5 - Cockpit, Leeds
Mar 6 - Leadmill, Sheffield
Mar 7 - 100 Club, London
Mar 8 - Social, Nottingham
Mar 10 - Bar 1 Twenty, Huddersfield
Mar 12 - Roadhouse, Manchester
Mar 13 - Bar Academy, Birmingham
Mar 14 - Louisiana, Bristol
Mar 15 - 100 Club, London
Mar 16 - University, Southampton
Mar 20 - King Tuts, Glasgow
Mar 29 - West End Centre, Aldershot