Lonely Crowd
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Lonely Crowd

Oslo, Oslo County, Norway | INDIE

Oslo, Oslo County, Norway | INDIE
Band Alternative Acoustic


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The best kept secret in music


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There's No Way Out Of Here [EP] - 1996
Jesus In The Pub [EP] - 1996
Heads Are Gonna Roll [EP] - 1997
Get In The Mixer [EP] - 2001 (UK only release under the name "Godlike Genius," featuring the footballer-cum-actor Vinnie Jones on guest vocals)
Watching From A Distance [Album] - November 2007 (The band's three former EPs on one disc, plus a couple of previously unreleased tracks.)
Aren't You Forgetting Something? [Single] - June 2008
She's Not Afraid [Single] - July 2009
Cosmologies In The Making [Single] - May 2010
The End of the Roadie [Album] - December 2010


Feeling a bit camera shy


Lonely Crowd has existed in different forms since 1995, when singer Stig Jakobsen left the wildly eccentric Vampire State Building and immediately formed the band, with former members of De Press and Holy Toy. Full of self-confidence, they brought the Mega Records boss to their first gig, and were signed right away, more because of the phenomenal after-party than their live performance. (The party even resulted in the band being forbidden to play in Tromsø ever again).

Lonely Crowd released three EPs on Mega, the second of which (Jesus In The Pub) became a huge radio hit in Norway, and was given rave reviews (six out of six in both Dagbladet and Panorama). The song featured the world-famous opera singer Anne Lise Berntsen, and later became a mini-hit on XFM in London.

Lonely Crowd moved to London before Mega Records released their debut album. Here they set up a studio, and recorded and toured constantly for the next four years. Three of the original members were replaced by a Norwegian guitarist, Marius Gengenbach, and an English rhythm section consisting of double bass player Floyd Jensen and drummer James Corner (formerly of Back To The Planet and Barry Adamson).

Having made a bit of a name for themselves in England, Lonely Crowd were booked on a European tour and later played support to the Fun Loving Criminals at their London concert. The band was in the middle of negotiations with one of the larger indie labels in the UK when Jensen died from a sugar coma. The album material, however, was already completed, and most of this will be appearing on the album The End of the Roadie. An acoustic lineup of Lonely Crowd (with cello player Eirik Roald, Stine Varvin (formerly of Vampire State Building) on vocals and Stig Jakobsen on guitar/vocals) went on a Swiss tour, an England tour and played several shows in Norway during 2008-2009.

Lonely Crowd signed a two-album deal with Karisma Records, and release the three first EPs (plus two new tracks) as an album in November 2007, under the name Watching From a Distance. In the July/August 2008 Lonely Crowd, to everyone's surprise, experienced their first summer hit, as they spent 5 weeks in the Norwegian Charts with the single "Aren't You Forgetting Something?" The release contained the first two songs from the forthcoming The End of the Roadie album, that is due in June 2010. The feat was repeated in August 2009, when the "She's Not Afraid" single reached number 18 in the Norwegian Charts. In May 2010, their single "Cosmologies in the Making" debuted at number 12 on the Norwegian Singles Charts.

Band members
Stig Jakobsen - vocals
Eirik Roald - cello (joined in 2004)
Stine Varvin - vocals (joined in 2007)
Ivar Winther - guitar, flute, piano (joined in 2010)