I Was A King

I Was A King


60s California surf pop through a 90s shoe gaze fuzz filter.


Having only been in existence for a few years, Norwegian group I Was a King has quickly gained recognition from the media, musicians, and fans alike. Front man Frode Strømstad has been said to have a unique gift of creating addictive melodies that hold distinctive roots to the 60's, distorted through a 90's indie scene filter.

In 2007, I Was A King released their debut, Losing Something Good for Something Better. It was labeled "Royally brilliant" and given 8 out of 10 by NME. The Independent, and The Sunday Times gave equally flattering praise and The Guardian said, " Norwegian wunderkind Strømstrad takes ol' lankhair's ramshackle rock and squeezes it through a dreampop filter...If Alan McGee hadn't wound down Creation, this lot would have been first in the queue to sign on the dotted line. File next to: Fountains Of Wayne, Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, Strawberry Wine-era My Bloody Valentine."

I Was a King's second and self titled LP was released in the US summer 2009 and will see the light of day in the UK in February 2010. The album features collaborations from Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh ), Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Smith (Danielson) and Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) . The album was recorded at Marlborough Farms (Brooklyn, NY) and mixed by Nick Terry (Primal Scream, The Libertines, Klaxons ).

The band will release a 7" single through Sonic Cathedral in the UK in November 2009, and will follow up before the alb release in the new year, with a release for Too Pure's 7" singles club, of new material to be recorded with Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) during CMJ.

I Was a King have toured Europe several times, performing with bands such Magnolia Electric Co, Ladybug Transistor, Herman Dune, and Why? The band undertook their debut US tour in June 2009 with Crystal Antlers and The Constantines.

Live, the band consists of Frode Strømstad, Anne Lise Frøkedal (Harrys Gym), Håvard Krogedal (ex Serena-Maneesh, Loch Ness Mouse) in addition to a revolving door of friends.

Booking: trey@billions.com (US) / mark@ufa.no (NO) / emma@itb.co.uk (ROW)

UK Press:sam@freemanpr.net
UK Online: paul@ladigit.co.uk

US Press: brooke@bighassle.com


2007: Losing Something Good for Something Better LP
(Hype City / Scandinavia)

2009: I Was A King (The Control Group / USA)

November 2009: Norman Bleik 7" (Sonic Cathedral / UK)

January 2010:Title TBC (Too Pure / UK)

February 2010: I Was A King (Hype City / UK)

Set List

25 minutes of blissed out fuzz surf pop with the occasional Guided By Voices or Velvet underground cover.