King Midas

King Midas

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KING MIDAS is the ultimate revelation from the streets of Oslo. Their special mix of glitching electronics, rock guitar extravaganza and soul pomp, has given the band a loyal following. King Midas is a highly acclaimed live act, and their shows are well known for being raw, energic and funky!

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KING MIDAS
Norway
New Album - SORRY

King Midas’ latest album Sorry is a party invitation of a calibre which rarely has been released on the Norwegian album market before, and according to the band themselves it's an “advanced party record”.
King Midas have produced an eleven-headed monster of an album, a monster that churns out an overwhelming stream of fiery hooks and shiny refrains with a powerful control

It has been recorded in Gula Studion in Malmö, and was mixed by Tore Johansson, the man behind the sound of bands such as Franz Ferdinand, The Cardigans and Ok Go! Sorry was created in anything but comfortable circumstances. Endless night work in the studio led to literal fights, and the band could easily have become a slice of Norwegian history. Whole albums were discarded and studio equipment was donated to local flee markets. Sorry. If it is correct that great art is created through pain, Sorry is the evidence that the perfect rock album is created from head butts and clenched fists.

Sorry is the soundtrack to an Oslo “after party” that lasted five hours too long. It is west end boys snorting cocaine laid out as a swastika “West End Boys”. It is love as cold as a death penalty “The Penalty”. It is high teenage girls on the run “Common Kids”, and it is hallucinations of death and destruction “As I lay dying”.

As usual the references are endless. From the film “American Gigolo” to Japanese photo art, from Robert Fripp to Billy Idol, ‘discoide’ synth heroes such as Francis Monkman, Giorgio Moroder and Harold Faltenmayer. And does anyone remember the garage-rock classic “96 tears” from the underground 60s band “? and The Mysterians”? King Midas tops this with one more tear in “97 Tears”, a dispirited salute to old opponents and distant acquaintances.

Sorry invites the listener to an “advanced party”, and whether the party takes place in London, Düsseldorf or Oslo only one thing is certain: This is the type of party where you wake up disoriented the next day. With clothes in disorder and only a vague memory of what actually happened. The only thing you know is that in one place or another in the same city there is a person who feels exactly like you. And that the first thing you will do when you meet this person is to hope for the best whilst stuttering the word: “Sorry”.

Norwegian press on Sorry:

VG - Catchy, addictive and almost childlike energic melodies. 5/6

Bergens Tidene - King Midas as we love them. Funky tendencies. Tasty arrangements. Top Notch! 5/6

Aftenposten - Great songs are pulled out of their sleeves as the easiest thing in the world. 5/6