The 5th Darvel Music Festival in Ayrshire, Scotland which runs from 27 September to 8 October 2006, will feature new Norwegian elctro-pop sensations, Lorraine.
The band 'Lorraine' consists of Ole Gunnar Gundersen (vocals), Anders Winsents (guitar) and Paal Myran Haaland (keyboards, programming), all from Bergen in Norway. Between them the members’ personal influences range from New Order, Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode to Kasabian, The Smiths and The Stone Roses. The band will be playing gigs across the UK this summer and also take part in several festivals including V2006 and the O2 Wireless Festival.
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. 'I feel it', the first single off the album, reached number 29 in the UK charts this spring and a second single, 'Transatlantic Flight', will be released on 17 July.
Date: 29th September
Place: Darvel Music Festival, Ayrshire
More information: www.darvelmusicfestival.org