Huntsville

Huntsville

 Oslo, Oslo County, NOR
BandAlternativeAdult Contemporary

Norway’s HUNTSVILLE delves into an adventurous crossbreed of rock, drones, country, jazz and electro-acoustic improvisation. Released on prestigious label Rune Grammofon they are described as «an hypnotic trip through percussive ragas, electro-acoustic scree and Morricone-like dreamscapes.» (MOJO)

Biography

Norway’s HUNTSVILLE delves further into an adventurous crossbreed of rock, drones,
country, jazz and electro-acoustic improvisation. After their 2006 debut “for the middle class”
(Rune Grammofon) Boston Weekly wrote: «armed with a banjo, a double bass, a pedal steel, a bizarre tabla machine, shruti boxes and a fondness for freeing folk from its folk songs —
from Santa Fe to Bombay.» Huntsville’s unexpected sounds and textures, allied with echoes of traditional genres in a radical new conceptual language have been described as abstract
drone Americana and yoga country.
On their second album, the double release “eco, arches & eras” (Rune Grammofon, 2008),
they dig even deeper into their striking and original sound world – this time with riffing electric
guitars, hard-hitting drums and their secret weapon: a drone commander...
Huntsville had special guests during the making of “eco, arches & eras”. Norwegian singer
Sidsel Endresen joined in on one track, while guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Glenn Kotche
(both of Wilco) visited Huntsville on an hour-long track captured live in 2007.
Press
«...an hypnotic trip through percussive ragas, electro-acoustic scree and Morricone-like
dreamscapes.» MOJO (UK)
«...they alternate between brief Americana-esque instrumentals and lengthier excursions into
fast, fluid motion, attaining trance-velocity like some rare amalgam of Miles Davies, Steve
Reich and early Tortoise.» ROCK-A-ROLLA (UK)
«...it builds like a runaway train of thoughts and possibilities before breaking through barriers
into a world of new and rapturous potential.» PLAN B (UK)
«Elegant improvised ambience.» UNCUT (UK)
«Eco, Arches & Eras represents a quantum leap for Huntsville, a group that keeps creating
new promises as quickly as it delivers on its previous ones.» All About Jazz (US)
«...Huntsville creates a beautiful mosaic of sound, combining kaleidoscopic grooves with the
nuanced interaction and unstructured freedom of abstract improvisation.» Chicago Reader (US)
«...this is beautifully unpretentious and feels so naturally right. This is from nowhere, this is
from everywhere... this is wonderful, this is different....» ORGAN MAGAZINE (UK)

As a result of an original mix of styles, Huntsville performs at a great variety of clubs and festivals. Here's a list of some resent promoters:
Downtown Sounds Chicago 2010 (USA), Roskilde festival 2009 (DEN), Øya festival 2009 (NOR), Tanned Tin 2011 (SPA), FIMAV 2006 (CAN), Kongsberg Jazz
Festival 2007 (NOR), Molde Int Jazz Festival 2009 (NOR), Ancienne Belgique 2009 (BEL),
Jazz a Mulhouse 2008 (FRA), Punkt festival 2007 (NOR), Vooruit 2009 (BEL).

Discography

Discography
For Flowers, Cars and Merry Wars – (Hubro, 2011 LP2505)
Eco, Arches & Eras (2CD) – (Rune Grammofon, 2008 [RCD 2079])
For The Middle Class – (Rune Grammofon, 2006 [RCD 2058])
Also appearing on:
Money Will Ruin Everything 2 – (Rune Grammofon, 2009 [RCD2072])
The Wire Tapper 16 – (The Wire, 2006)

Radio shows:
November 2007: DWARS (NL) - live-on-tape show
January and May 2008: Norwegian Broadcasting and Deutsche Rundfunk (55 minutes broadcast from live performance at Punkt festival 2007).
March and October 2007: Swedish broadcasting (complete live performance from Perspectives festival and Umeå Jazzfestival).
August 2007: (complete performance from Konfrontationen festival 2007)

Set List

Our sets are typical 45-70 minutes, depending on the situation.