Årabrot have announced the release of their 9th full-length album titled Norwegian Gothic and it will be out on April 9th via Pelagic Records.
Today the band have unveiled the first single off the new album, titled “The Lie”. Guitarist and vocalist Kjetil Nernes comments: “The Lie is a rock song. The Lie is not about telling a lie. It is about living a lie. No wonder, I spent months reading philosopher Theodor Adorno when writing The Lie. We lived in an apartment in Oslo with a friend and my memories of this specific time are very vivid. The weather, the smell, what we were cooking, what music we were listening to… Even the dirty floors. Less than a year later our friend died in a terrible boat accident. It all became part of something bigger.”
Listen to “The Lie” below:
Norwegian Gothic sees the band collaborate with Lars Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist), cellist Jo Quail, Tomas Järmyr (Motorpsycho), Anders Møller (Turbonegro, Ulver) and Massimo Pupillo (Zu). A stellar production by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Black Eyed Peas, Paradise Lost, Hexvessel, Oranssi Pazusu) makes this the quintessential Årabrot record.
As Kjetil Nernes confirms: “Norwegian Gothic is the culmination of everything Årabrot has done musically the past 10 years. It is not only the climax of the band so far, but also a good indication of what to come. It is basically an amalgamation of all of our influences here in the church where we live. Musically it is inspired by all the albums of our record collection and thematically by the books we have in our shelves. More specifically it is our special brand of rock’n’roll music mixed with fin-de-siecle decadence, surrealism and even a pinch of old German philosophy to boot.”
Norwegian Gothic artwork: