PikkaBird

PikkaBird

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Meet PikkaBird, a four-piece band whose multi-layered sound is revealed in radiant Nordic Indie-Pop; imaginative melodies and intriguing rhythms framing lyrics both provocative and poetic.

Biography

The band, comprised of Werner Royseth (Vocals & Guitar), Olav Martin Haddal (Guitar), Ragnar Orstavik (Bass), and Dag Havaag (Drums), are represented by their debut album, Departures. With an unabashed DIY spirit, the band tracked the album in a converted boathouse. “In the six months we did the recordings we also captured the interest of several mice families. I’m sorry to say we had to kill them, before they chewed our gear to death,” Werner laments. Still, if PikkaBirds’ adventurous tracks and full-blown artistry are any indication, these rodents did not die in vain.

In keeping with the title, Departures, PikkaBird will be migrating to the U.S. for a winter 2008 tour where fans of the band will have the opportunity to witness them performing in New York and Seattle. It’s not their first trip, as the band journeyed to the Texas music capitol, Austin, where their debut CD was mixed by producer/engineer Louie Lino. “Louie guided us to the good eating spots, stomped on the roaches when we weren’t looking, and made us feel very welcome,” explains Werner. “When we left Norway we didn’t know what to expect but the people in Austin and U.S. are very friendly and laidback.” Of particular note was a classic American repast. “Getting offered a ‘two for the price of one’ on already big burgers would be considered madness in Norway.”

The group takes their name from mythical creatures referenced in A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, where their namesakes are “accustomed to staring blankly at a few anonymous atoms in the middle of the air.” PikkaBird – the band – are much more proactive. They are keenly aware that outside of the confines of Northern Europe, music from the land of fjords and Ibsen might be considered a rarity. Their mission is to change this perception with an international distribution deal.

For his songs, Werner relies on an intuitive creative mechanism as melodies, arrangements and lyrics arrive simultaneously. Having lived in the city of Bergen, it was a return home to Ulsteinvik that allowed him the time and space to create the new songs from Departure and to join together with his bandmates.

PikkaBird’s sometimes-melancholy orchestral edge reflects deep jewel tones of blues and greens. “Hot Air Balloon,” from the debut, is a study in contrast as a jaunty 3/4 rhythm and an uplifting melody stand in stark relief against the poignancy of the lyrics. “Where are You Now” alternates a straight-ahead rock feel with a half time groove of longing and regret while “Time” incorporates the carnival spirit of anthemic rock.

Deeper hues notwithstanding, the tone of PikkaBirds is one of renewal and reinvention. Like blinding sunlight gleaming off of pristine snowfields, the purity of four young men united in a common vision is an appealing force. “We hope that our music will be heard by as many people as possible and that we will have a change to travel and perform,” says Werner. “ It would be a privilege to inspire other people with our music.”

Discography

"Time" Norwegian Radio Single, released October 2007.
Debut album "Departures" will be released January 2008 in Norway.

Set List

Hot Air Balloon
Hold Me Back
Sorry Eyes
The Highest Hopes
The King of Rock 'n Roll (Prefab Sprout Cover)
Crazy Days
Sylvia
Skippingstones
Aurora
Where Are You Now
Promises, Promises (Burt Bacharach Cover)
Don't Make A Sound
Time
Worms