Abusement Park asks questions it cannot answer and snaps in several directions. Abusement Park is the last effort from the band Fastlane Flower. The band defines its music as death rock flavored with some honey. In my ears it sounds good, without ever becoming so very original and groundbreaking. Pioneering, there are few bands that manage to be, but Fastlane Flower`s music is worth lending the ears to.
The band has stated, «This record has taken a lot of time to accomplish. Ambitions became a struggle, a reminder of all that didn’t turn out the way you wanted It to. Does anything we say or do mean something, who cares? It might be wise to take the time you need when life comes knocking on the door, and let go. The difficult second album is a term in the music business».
Fastlane Flower has managed to solve the difficulties with clever, empathy and music pleasure on the second release!
Furthermore, the musicians say that, «The nature of music is to move. Move the soul, mind, man, move society. There may be more friction in Abusement Park, maybe it kicks in open doors, maybe music does not provoke anymore. But it was something in this album who tore our inside. We who once dared to believe that we had something on our mind. It tore so hard that we had to finish the record, behead old demons, adjust the aim and dig deep to whisper to those who want to hear, and not at least listen for ourselves. To each other. Life comes with new waves anyway, and some are so big it brings the boat back to shore».
The musicians are from both Bodø, which lies quite far north in Norway, and from Oslo, which is Norway’s capital. Chris Slettvoll: Guitar, Marius Sommernes: Bass/bgv, Michael Johansen: Keys, Eline Stølan: Lead Vocal, Jan Tore Varne: Drums, Andreas Kopland Berger: Guitar.