Award-winning Norwegian prog/pop rock band considered to be one of Scandinavia’s top live acts. Music embraced by fans and critics alike – and their latest album was nominated for both Album Of The Year and Artwork OfTthe Year by the IMAs!
A silly band, somewhat known for their weird/energetic live performances. Playing a breed of Alternative Metal mixed with everything else you could possibly imagine. Even Techno. Seriously, there’s shitty techno in here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RzMx4L2u24Moron Police release new single Waiting For Wastelands from upcoming EP The Stranger And The Hightide.
As we’re edging closer and closer to the release of their latest creation The Stranger And The Hightide EP on October 29th, Moron Police have now dropped the new single Waiting For Wastelands! The song blasts into action with a solid pumping drive and a very catchy chorus, coupled with softer, dynamic parts that lead into a big finale. An adventurous track full of energy, it’s even got a crossroads meeting with the Devil – what more could you need?
The new EP is what the band call a sidequest. It’s not meant to be an indication of what the next main album will sound like, but a fun experiment trying new things and styles.
According to the band, there is a concept connecting it all together though:
«There is, in fact, a concept. And it will tie in with our next main album. I don’t want to spoil it, though—I’ll leave it up to the listener to figure it out and make their own conclusions. The story stands on its own, but like I mentioned, will tie in with our next album. And I hope people will enjoy figuring out the story…».
When Moron Police made their triumphant return to the music scene, and to the top of the international charts in 2019 with their album-of-the-year nominated record, A Boat on the Sea, it was increasingly apparent the wildly skillful and bizarre band from Norway were surging into the most artistically creative and sonically inspired years of their career to-date. While a worldwide pandemic would attempt to thwart their momentum through lockdowns and isolation, Moron Police would continue to write and record around the clock – refining mind-blowing new material and planning their inevitable comeback to the nth degree.
Over the course of four adventurous tracks, the band explores new sonic territory as they build a bridge between their last record and their next one to come. The Stranger and the Hightide EP cleverly infuses Western-Rock vibes into the hybrid spirit of Moron Police, expanding their sound with the use of stunning instrumentation that includes everything from banjos to prepared-piano, soft and melodic acoustic guitars to scorching hot electric, insatiable basslines, thunderous drumming, and a thrilling storyline concept that ties it all together – The Stranger and the Hightide EP dives straight into the heart of darkness, and into the light beyond. The track The Stranger And The High Tide,
The band had this to say about the new EP:
«The new EP is very different from A Boat On The Sea. Very different, but very cool. It’s a sidequest of sorts, abandoning the oceanic depths for tumbleweed and dust—favouring a more simplistic approach to its instruments and compositions. The truth of the matter is; we have far too many songs flying about, and many of them sound too radically different to feature on one of our main albums. But they still deserve a home, so they will be released as EPs. There will be many more EPs in the future, but this particular one has a connection to our next main album—a connection we will not divulge here! ».
«The Stranger and the Hightide has a western rock-feel. Twangy guitars, Hammond Organ, vintage tape machines, and a decidedly more “live” sound to it. It was mixed by returning cowboy Mike Watts and mastered by Karl Klaseie, Øra Mastering. The artwork was done by Thomas Falla Eriksen, evoking the style of the French surrealist Moebius, and the aesthetics of French graphic novels from the 1970s».
Sondre Skollevoll – Vocals, guitars, additional keyboards
Lars Bjørknes – Keyboards, grand piano, Hammond organ
Thore Omland Pettersen – Drums
Christian Fredrik Steen – Bass