Popium

Popium

 Bergen, Hordaland, NOR
BandAlternativeRock

Popium is considered a Norwegian supergroup, having members that have all been in previous successful bands. Sound wise, Popium on its 2004 release "Camp" was described as "Sun-Drenched Pop", influenced in equal parts by 60's motown, 70's glam and 80's dance rock.

Biography

Popium arose from the ashes of several distictive Norwegian bands in Bergen in 1999 - such as Norwegian Grammy winners Pogo Pops, Barbie Bones and Chocolate Overdose. Popium have released 4 albums to date in Scandinavia, all to tremendous reviews. Their 2004 release "Camp" (Kong Tiki Records) has been described as "a classic pop record full of summer atmosphere", "catchy melodies with delicate popsoul". One track from the record, "Sooner or Later" was selected to be on the 20th Century Fox film "Fever Pitch". Singer/songwriter Frank Hammersland has long been on of Norway's most accomplished songwriters, drawing influence at an early age from the likes of T-Rex, David Bowie and Elvis Costello. The 2006 release "The Miniture Mile" is now available online at www.listening-post.com.
"Think about the best Pop songs and pop bands you've heard on American radio for the past five or six years (even if those bands came from Europe), add a bit of European flair, and you'll have Popium."- Score! Music Magazine, June 2007. BBC2 Playlisted and "Album of the Week" on July 26, 2007.

Lyrics

Matters of the Heart

Written By: Frank Hammersland

Everybody's hoping for a change sometimes/for better days and years to spend together/Everybody puts their trust in fate sometimes/see the signs, the changing in the weather/It's the matters of the heart that hurt/come in second or come in first/it's tearing us apart, that hurt/It's surreal, the way that it feels/Everybody wants somebody else sometimes/tasting the new flavour of the season/try to make some money and grow old some day/forever wondering if there was a reason.

The Miniature Mile

Written By: Frank Hammersland

The miniture mile was a long, long walk/The major regrets, just a quiet talk/Making my mind up next time around/I wanna go
The void in the heart's been a restless place/The bang on the head and the need for space/Gave me the slip and I'm out of it/Taking the blow
It took her just a second to get over me, I recon/So give me yet another reason why I should be bothered/And all I wanna do is/Try to get on through this/
And make it easy on myself and just forget her/Focus on somebody else who makes it better.

How To Come Up From Going Under

Written By: Frank Hammersland

I'm holding on to the phone/Waiting for the man with the plan to ring/And say not to worry 'bout a thing/There's something big thats bugging me/Got to figure out what to believe/If there's a reason for this mess/I'll take a wild guess/
Let's take a trip to see the ocean/I want to tell you it's confusing/Lately I've got hellhounds on my trail/And there's nothing to do about it/Sometimes I close my eyes and wonder/How to come up from going under/Lately I've got letters in the mail/Saying "There is a way around it"/
I'm holding on to the phone/waiting for the man with the plan to ring/And tell me to rethink everything/It's gonna take a little while/To get on my feet and walk that mile/And find the reason for this mess/I'll take a wild guess/
Let's take a trip to see the ocean/I want to tell you it's confusing/Lately I've got hellhounds on my trail/And there is nothing to do about it/Somtimes I close my eyes and wonder/How to come up from going under/Lately I've got letters in the mail/Saying"there is a way around it"/And we will make sure you find it.

Anchor Down

Written By: Frank Hammersland

Take a slow boat across the water
You know I'm a sailors son
And I'll be captain of the sweetheart
Always going further on
And I'm heading for your port of call
And I've been waiting, for this moment to arrive
Sooner or later,
I'll be anchored down and happy by your side,
I've been so lonely
I've been adrift too long
So take a slow boat across the waters
Try to make up for lost time
Like good old Presley so wisely put it
You are always on my mind.
And I'm heading for your port of call
And I've been waiting for this moment to arrive
Sooner or later
I'll be anchored down and happy by your side
I've been so lonely
I've been adrift too long
I've been searching for the better moment
I've been waiting for this day to come I've been sailing round in hostile waters
Been forgetting where I'm coming from
I've been making peace with all the dolphins
I've been making friends with God himself
I've been dealing with the dirty devil
Telling me that I am someone else

Discography

"Popium" (2001, MNW)
"Permanently High" (2002, MNW)
"Camp" (2004, Kong Tiki Records)
"The Miniature Mile" (2006, Kong Tiki Records)