18/12/2013: Sirene!

The new album Sirene will be released on January 27! Check out the cover on Skambankt's Facebook page. You can already preorder the album as CD or vinyl from, for example, Platekompaniet or CDON. Here's the tracklist:
  1. Anonyme hatere [Anonymous haters]
  2. Som en sirene [Like a siren]
  3. Voodoo [Voodoo]
  4. Sort blod [Black blood]
  5. Gamle spøkelse [Old ghost]
  6. Våre folk [Our people]
  7. Sånne som deg [Those like you]
  8. Ulv, ulv [Wolf, wolf]
  9. Nemesis [Nemesis]
  10. Kald, kald natt [Cold, cold night]
Also, Skambankt are nominated as "innovator of the year" for their idea of melting down old Guitar Hero guitars into vinyls of their Voodoo single. You can vote for them here.

12/11/2013: Kom til meg med voodoo!

Here we go - Skambant's new single "Voodoo" is now officially out! You can stream it and buy it online from all the usual sites. And you can also check out the awesome video that was released today! (For the Germans: UnblockYouTube is your friend, as always ...)

Not sure if they are fully correct, but here are the lyrics as I hear them. Corrections welcome, of course! And if you don't understand Norwegian, here's the translation.

As you see, the lyrics are listed for the album "Sirene" - which seems to be the name of the upcoming album, reported on some sites. Not much more information is available yet, except that the album is "mature, dark, and heavy, and at the same time more catchy and ambitious than before". And, as mentioned before, it's planned for the end of January. You can get a bit of background information in this clip from TV Vest that was broadcast today.

If you handed in a Guitar Hero guitar to get a vinyl single of Skambankt, your guitar is probably already on the way to the Czech Republic to be melted and splattered all over the vinyl record. It should take about three weeks for the records to make it back to you - but it'll surely be worth the wait! Here's some information from 4Sound about the process, and this is how the first test pressing looks like.

If you've been following skambankt_kj on Twitter (which you should!), you already know that Skambankt released the dates for their tour in February and March yesterday! Select LIVE from the menu to see the full list, or check out the tour map to see where all those towns are and add the events on last.fm. Let the planning begin!

Last but not least, Skambankt had their single (and beer!) release party last week and also played a short concert - one hour including the encores (which were a new song and Stormkast #1). Here's a picture of the setlist:

07/11/2013: Rock potatoes!

Sorry for the silly headline - inspired by this article that has some interesting information about Skambankt's upcoming plans. The new album, which has been recorded at Propeller Studios with Kåre Vestrheim as producer, will be released around the end of January. This was the first time Skambankt had a producer to help decide how the songs should sound, and this worked very well in the studio. According to the article, we can expect a more experimental guitar sound and a "wild" drummer on the record.

In February, Skambankt will start their tour through Norway and Denmark. The first few dates have already been announced, and more will follow. Skambankt mentioned already that they won't start the tour in Rogaland but want to get in form before playing there. So everyone quit whining about no concerts in Stavanger or Bryne! We'll get to know the dates soon enough, I'm sure. For all the concerts that have been announced or mentioned so far, check the tour list or the tour map.

You can still "preorder" a limited and very exclusive copy of the Voodoo vinyl single by delivering an old Guitar Hero plastic guitar to a 4Sound music shop in Norway! This is the only way to get the single, so don't wait too long! (Afaik there is no specific end date set yet for the campaign, so it might end any time.) You can find all information on gth.4sound.no.

By the way, "Voodoo" is C-listed on NRK P3 already, so you can hear it there. If you haven't been lucky yet, you can also check it out about 28 minutes into this program. The song will be released officially on November 11.

30/10/2013: Guitar voodoo!

Skambankt's new single "Voodoo" (cover) will be released on November 11! Already on November 6, Skambankt will play a release concert for the single in Oslo at the Crossroad Club. You can get tickets for the concert from Tigernet. That night, you can also taste Skambankt's own "Voodoo" beer for the first time!

If you want a vinyl copy of the single, check out the information from 4sound.no. In short, you provide an old Guitar Hero plastic guitar, which is then melted down - and you get the vinyl single made out of old plastic guitars! In addition, you get a discount if you want to buy a real guitar as well. Pretty cool idea! Anyone got a plastic guitar to spare? =;-)

02/10/2013: Født på ny!

We've been waiting patiently for almost three years now ... and slowly but surely, Skambankt are rising from their hiatus! Right after the last Kaizers Orchestra concert, they met up again to practice and finalize new songs (Jærbladet visited them in their rehearsal room). Right after that, they spent a week at Propeller Studios in Oslo to record their next album, which is planned for release early in 2014. The album will be more in the direction of the first records, and less like "Søvnløs".

The first single of the album is scheduled for November already. According to Firdaposten, the single will be called "Voodoo" and will be accompanied by its own brand of beer, brewed at Kinn Bryggeri in Florø.

Make sure to follow Skambankt on their new Instagram account, where they are documenting everything that's happening!