Posts Tagged ‘Mads Baklien’

Composed right before lock-down ensued, Spielbergs reunited with their debut album This Is Not the End producer, Tord Øverland Knudsen, for the song. And the new track is as eruptive as their previous works. With snarling guitars, fast-paced drumming, Lead singer and guitarist Mads Baklien explains the inspiration behind the track in a press release:

“I find myself looking back a lot. Looking back in regret, looking back in anger. It leads to nothing. So I’ve decided to look forward. But the only problem is I don’t know where the fuck I’m going. So I just keep doing what I’ve always done. Going nowhere.”

Spielberg’s: Noisy indie rockers on hold, “We were really well underway and have recorded a number of songs. Unfortunately, Corona and Mads’s abscess with subsequent fistula has made things stop completely. All of 2020 has only been an endless start-stop-stop situation. Admittedly, there is no shortage of songs, we just have to have the opportunity to gather at the rehearsal and in the studio so that we can finish things,” explains the Oslo trio Spielbergs. When we started playing together, we struggled to agree on what we should be called. Well into the recording process of what ended up as our first EP, we still had no band name. We had a song called the Spielbergs song (“Ghost Boy”) in which the songtitle was inspired by Spielberg’s “Close Encounter.”

So we have to prepare ourselves for even longer waits before we can get more delightful melodic noise rockers from the band that was nominated for the towering harmonies and energetic drive on their debut album “This is Not The End” in 2019. We’d love to know more of the musical heat and the bombastic tunes in the meeting points between indie, power pop and post-hardcore punk. In 2020.

Read more about frustrations over the year 2020, lack of interest in technical things and music equipment, about how the band was misunderstood by its American fans and about great musical freedom.

Norwegian power-pop trio Spielbergs combine the finest elements of Superchunk, Jimmy Eat World and Sonic Youth and bring them to life in a way that’s as fresh as it is nostalgic. Their debut should hold a grab-bag of punk-pop treasures recently reflected by single release ‘Five On It’.


Debut album from Norway’s Spielbergs.
released February 1st, 2019

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The Spielberg’s have been noted as The Guardian’s “Ones To Watch” for 2019, The band have the perfect introduction to this Norwegian trio with clattering rhythms and razor-sharp riffs combining for a devastating listen. With Big, heart-on-sleeve guitar-rock with a go-for-broke anthemic intensity…the combination of their singles, plus their debut EP, Distant Star, led to plaudits from rock press and beyond. Check out the earlier track “We Are All Going To Die” will have you either tearing up, punching the sky, or both.” This is for fans of fuzzy, propulsive cathartic jams, are about to have a new favourite band.”

“Pummelling yet melodic guitars batter you round the heart with nary a pause for breath… Full of huge, lung-busting, shouting-into-the-wind vocals and relentless drums, guitars and everything else, cheerily-titled new single ‘We Are All Going To Die’ shows little concern for restraint.” – DIY

“We Are All Going To Die” is encased in a relentless soundscape of drums and guitars, owing its all-encompassing musicianship to shoegaze that is underpinned by a distinctly emo heart.” – The Line of Best Fit

“A roller coaster ride of rollicking riffs, descending and ascending with a luminous fury and friskiness, before delivering us back home again safe and sound, but breathless.” – The 405

“Guitars drill down at all angles, while the pummelling percussion sounds like a cement mixer trying to chew up a steel beam.” – CLASH

“It offers the kind of swaggering, punch-drunk escapism we used to spend all our time wishing for in our teenage years, while making it feel utterly achievable even now we’re much older and far more cynical.” – Gold Flake Paint “One of the most exciting bands for 2019. – The i Paper


The Spielbergs are:

Mads Baklien (guitar, vocals, synth)
Stian Brennskag (bass)
Christian Løvhaug (drums)

This Is Not The End due out February 1st on By The Time It Gets Dark

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