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Årabrot is a Norwegian noise-rock band from Haugesund, Norway.
Årabrot is named after the city garbage disposal and the local authorities also found it appropriate to place a school for troubled youths there.
In the same way these garbage disposals are a yeasty oasis of scents and liquids that through the years will mutate into indefinable masses, Årabrot is a band that continuously develops into something more raw and intriguing.
Since starting out in 2001, Årabrot’s main core has been Kjetil Nernes (songwriter, guitar and vocals) and Vidar Evensen (drums and visuals), and in recent years noise artist Stian Skagen has been a regular on-and-off member of the band. Collaborating with producers such as Billy Anderson (Melvins, Neurosis), Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh) and Steve Albini (Nirvana, High on Fire) the band has released three full-length albums and a grotesque bouquet of singles and EPs. 2009 alone produced two critically acclaimed Eps’ ‘AbsoluteNegativism’ and ‘I Rove’, together with a double LP with side project Nernes/Skagen, and last but not least the masterpiece ‘The Brother Seed’, the latter earning lots of international attention and a Norwegian Grammy nomination.
The stories surrounding Årabrot are many and we won’t waste time summarising them all, but worthy of notice is Årabrot completing a nine-day tour after vocalist Nernes blew his lung the first show, and that Nernes’ riff arm has steel implants after being manhandled by police and dog. Or that the band’s regular female roadie won a pissing contest with David Yow of The Jesus Lizard.
No, now we must stop.
Årabrot is about to represent for this generation what the sum of Melvins, Birthday Party and Swans was to the generation before them; a source of pleasure from both auditory and moral excesses. The band’s foundation is noise-rock, but has strong elements of industrial music and noise. In Årabrot there is also a dramatic component few other bands in history possess: histories are told and emotions are laid out in a way that’s closer to the compositional techniques of experimental film and theatre than traditional song structure. Last but not least they are drawn to the lyrics that combine elements of two of the most stimulating works of human kind: The Bible and Pornography.
In September 2010, Årabrot’s double LP ‘Revenge’ will be released on Fysisk Format. A record best described as a final closure but at the same time the beginning of a new era: Årabrot’s revenge on music in general and their secret vendetta against one special person...