The fascinating and very skilled avant-garde rockers Panzerpappa are back with their 7th album Summarisk Suite. The band were in the process of composing material for a new album, and to shorten the gap between their latest album Pestrottedans and the new one, they wanted to release an EP. But instead of finishing the material they were writing and rehearsing, Panzerpappa decided to do something completely different and start from scratch and record all-new material. Therefore, the material for this album has very different origins. Parts are old sketches that have been collecting dust in a drawer for decades, others are brand new. There is even one piece that is totally improvised (Belgerisk Improv), something Panzerpappa haven’t done for any of their previous albums. The track Permutert Panzerrock,
The line-up, Steinar Børve (saxophones, Akai EWI, keyboards 1998 – present), Trond Gjellum (drums, percussion, samplers and sounds, 1998-present), Anders Krabberød (bass guitars, Chapman Stick, additional keyboards, 2002-present), Jarle Storløkken (guitars, keyboards, accordion, 2002-present), Torgeir Wergeland Sørbye (keyboards, 2011-present).
The fairytale of the wonderful and highly original band Panzerpappa begins in the summer of 1996. Back then Trond Gjellum started to record some simple demos on his own. He meant the Trond Gjellum is a dull name to use as an artist, he decides to take the name Panzerpappa. A nice band name without any meaning. Gjellum wanted to write songs inspired of avant garde prog and band like Samla Mammas Manna and Univers Zero. Unfortunately he can not find no other musicians to form a band width. Then the project is shelved. The song Revidert Malist,
In May 1997 Gjellum plays a concert with the band Sangioveze, and they plays a kind of heavy prog band in the vein of Motorpshyco and King Crimson. At the concert, he is asked if he is willing to play drums in a project aiming at making music to Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings. Gjellum gets in touch with Bøvre, and agrees to join the project. During the summer, the band rehearses and plays one concert at a Tolkien-festival at the University of Oslo.
During these sessions Bøvre and Gjellum find out that they have many common influences when it comes to music, especially the music of Henry Cow, Samla Mammas Manna, Lars Hollmer and Univers Zero are common ground. Therefore they agree to do further collaborations in the future.
In the beginning of 1998, Gjellum and Børve start a band together with Knut Tore Abrahamsen (guitar) and Jørgen Skjulstad (bass), and they agree to use the name Panzerpappa. On November 10, 1999, Panzerpappa have their live debut. Despite a few wrong notes, some under-rehearsed songs and quite a bit of stage fright (Knut Tore Abrahamsen had never played with a band on a stage before!), it all went very well. In December, they play a concert in Asker together with White Willow and get numerous positive reactions. The rest of the year is spent writing more songs.
During the spring, Panzerpappa plays several concerts and write a bulk of new material. When they meet after the summer holiday, they decide that the time is right to record an album. In the middle of November, Panzerpappa records their debut album Passer Gullfisk. The rest is music history.