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"No Fear of Pop feature in Forever Grinning remix"

As mentioned before, Copenhagen outfit Thulebasen, introduced on this publication a couple of months ago when they were in town to play for our friends at Noisekölln, is part of the city’s noisy scene around the Escho label alongside thoroughly hyped Iceage and others.

Thulebasen’s forthcoming single “Forever Grinning” is another killer track, straightforward, noise-infused that is as surprising as it is satisfying. It was written after Copenhagen’s Staten Museum for Kunst (National Museum of Art) had contacted the band last October, asking them to create a song for one of the paintings from their collection of 19th century Danish fine arts. Thulebasen picked Jørgen Valentin Sonne’s 1847 work ”Midsummer’s Eve. Sick People Asleep upon the Grave of St Helena at Tisvilde” (see above, courtesy of SMK), which depicts a group of sick people who have gone on a pilgrimage to spend Midsummer’s Eve on the grave of Saint Helena in Tisvilde, hoping to be cured by the saint. In the words of band member Nis Bysted, “The painting almost shines with the colors used. At the same time there is something dark and magic about it. Such a beautiful and multi-messaging way of expressing oneself is something the band are truly inspired by.”

While you might have heard the original already somewhere else, here’s one of the five remixes to be found on the vinyl (including contributions by Hhappiness and Lucky Dragons), the deliciously off-kilter and pretty insane version by Black Dice mastermind Eric Copeland (whose excellent Waco Taco Combo was also released by Escho last year), a superbly deranged, heavily filtered and noisy extravaganza.

The Forever Grinning limited edition 12 inch will be released conjointly by Danish label Tambourhinoceros and Oslo-based imprint Splendour on March 26. Pre-order now here or here. - No Fear of Pop


"Pitchfork feature on Forever Grinning"

On March 26, Danish soft-psych outfit Thulebasen will release a new EP, Forever Grinning, via Tambourhinoceros and Splendour. Along with the title track, the EP will feature remixes from Black Dice's Eric Copeland, Lucky Dragons, Gala Drop, and others.

Thulebasen: "Forever Grinning" (via SoundCloud) STREAM - Pitchfork.com


"Pitchfork feature on Forever Grinning"

On March 26, Danish soft-psych outfit Thulebasen will release a new EP, Forever Grinning, via Tambourhinoceros and Splendour. Along with the title track, the EP will feature remixes from Black Dice's Eric Copeland, Lucky Dragons, Gala Drop, and others.

Thulebasen: "Forever Grinning" (via SoundCloud) STREAM - Pitchfork.com


"Greg Saunier from Deerhoof on Thulebasen"

Greg Saunier/Deerhoof: "What am I listening to these days? There was a band we played with in Denmark called Thulebasen. They were incredible. We traded records."
- The Take Media.com


"Altered Zones premiering new video 'Monster'"

Amongst neon-washed images of a space cow, birds in suits, and the intimacy shared by a lorakeet, a man, and his banana, there is a defining moment above all else in Danish three-piece Thulebasen's "Monsters" video: the slow-motion, back-to-the-camera stride into the rehearsal room. Yeah, the "we're not fucking around" one. Accompanied by a grinding drum and guitar intro, Nis Bysted, Felia Gram-Hanssen, and Niels Kristian Eriksen make their way in to the room, take up their equipment, and accordingly rip through four minutes of uncompromising power rock. The production on the appropriatley named, "Monster" is Butch Vig big, the vocals are delivered with sonorous detachment, and the guitar is tuned down and pushed into the red for awesomely slack and heavy 5-note riffage. Immersed in fetishised close-ups of guitars and amps, hair-flicks, closed-eyed headbanging et al, the track is drenched in seductive '90s swagger, whilst seeming to be far beyond any of those influences. As the video becomes increasingly bombarded by surreal iconography-- including riding on the back of a space eagle with amp and guitar in check-- Thulebasen exude further laid-back irreverance, the type that seems to indicate they care only to rock out, no more and no less. And in "Monsters", it shows in the best of ways. --Daniel Gottlieb, Altered Zones - Pitchfork's Altered Zones


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5' - 90/100"

Thulebasen formår at tage det 'skøre' og lave det 'seriøst'. - UNDERLYD.org - New danish progressive music site


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5'"

"Gate 5 the sound of a band, a band that rocks, plays, experiments and thrills .....
Gate 5 is a truly great and original rock album" - GEIGER - danish music website


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5'"

"Gate 5 is a blessed album from a trio that seems not just to amuse themselves in each other's company but also has style, technique and panache enough to follow each other out when it tugs and pulls at the senses and imagination. And they're also a cool swinging band that uses their forces together as a three piece not only to cosmic asylum but also to build a rhythmic and heavy foundation." - by INFORMATION - Top 5 Danish daily paper - highly repected for its more deeper articles


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5'"

"The album is all about steady riffs with occasional 70s freak out elements and sonic exploration. Thulebasen must have taken what Devendra Banhart said about how, "...if a bird flies into the studio while we're recording, we just let it happen, man" quite litterally. Or maybe it's just actual talent and discipline? Either way, hats off."
HENKE - by VICE magazine scandinavia


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5'"

"The title track on the Thule base second album Gate 5 is
representative of a varied, lush experimental and yet incredibly
coherent album, where a twisted sense of humor seems
to be the only recurring regularity" - by the paper ARBEJDEREN


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5'"

"Already acclaimed in their native Denmark as one of the best albums of 2011, ‘Gate 5' contains more twists and surprises than one listen can reveal, and is as accomplished a collection of experimental guitar music as Thulebasen themselves set out to achieve."

http://www.adequacy.net/2011/03/thulebasen-gate-5/ - by american music site www.adequacy.net


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5'"

"When the musicians are so competent that the most complex
corners of music is just being used as spice, there's no doubt that
you sit with something close to a masterpiece in your hands." - GOOMBAY - danish music site


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5' - 8//10 stars"

"Thulebasen has the originality and the courage to consistently pursue their artistic project." - DISKANT - a danish music website


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5' - 4/6"

Review: 4/6 stars

"It's really well done... Noiserock, krautrock, freejazz and much else with an intuitiv sense for the right choice" - BERLINGSKE TIDENDE - One of Denmark's largest and oldest daily newspapers


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5' - 4/6"

Review: 4/6

"It rumbles and bursts with guitar feedback is the construction, while bird song, jazz feelings and acid rock fills out the horizon.... Like Sonic Youth when they were best" - URBAN - the daily free paper - www.urban.dk


"Review of Thulebasen's debut album 'Guitar Wand' - 6/6"

Review: 6/6 stars

"Guitar Wand is a milestone in Danish rock history.. I have never heard anything out of Denmark like this psychedelic mindfuck of a masterpiece. There I said it. Masterpiece."
- UNDERTONER - www.undertoner.dk - Underground Denmark music site for music nerds


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5' - 5/6"

Review: 5/6 stars

"Gate 5 is one of the year's best Danish records, and I say that with great confidence, even though it's early February" - UNDERTONER - www.undertoner.dk - Underground Denmark music site for music nerds


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5' - 5/6"

Review: 5/6 stars

"In a mindfucking kaleidoscope of shifting orchestration, tempos and real sounds, Thulebasen brings listerners into the most acid green corners of rock history" - SOUNDVENUE - www.soundvenue.com - Denmark's hippest music magazine published once a month - and a mu


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5' - 4/6"

Review: 4/6

"The 3 rock-astronauts on a succeeded maiden trip" - GAFFA - www.gaffa.dk - Denmark's largest music paper published once a month


"Review of Thulebasen 'Gate 5' - 5/6"

Review: 5/6 stars

"With explosive bursts, Gate 5 is like a warm-blooded geyser from the underground"

"Thulebasen makes you a little bit more proud being Danish"
- POLITIKEN - DK's biggest daily newspaper - www.politiken.dk


Discography

- Thulebasen 'Guitar Wand' LP (Escho, 2008)

- Thulebasen 'Raga Gemini' CD/DIGITAL single (Escho/Tambourhinoceros, 2010)

- Thulebasen 'Gate 5' LP - Vinyl/CD/Digital (Escho/Tambourhinoceros, 2011) - out February 07, 2011.

- Thulebasen ‘Forever Grinning’ 12” - limited edition vinyl
(Splendour/Tambourhinoceros, 2012) - out March 26th, 2012

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Bio

Thulebasen started as an experimental, sketchbook-like solo project for vocalist and lead guitarist Nis Bysted in 2001. Seven years in the making, the eclectic 2008 debut album ‘Guitar Wand’ appeared, on the Copenhagen-based independent label Escho, to rave reviews from critics and listeners alike. Among many others, leading underground musical website Undertoner called the album “a mindfuck of a masterpiece” and gave is 6 out of 6 possible stars.

Joined by Felia Gram-Hanssen and Niels Kristian Eriksen that same year, Thulebasen took form as a trio. The three of them drew from a deep well of musical experience: Bysted, most recently a part of the Mit Nye Band supergroup, has played in legendary Danish underground bands such as Düreforsög, KLoAK and The Bleeder Group (with punk legend Peter Peter, from The Sods); drummer Gram-Hanssen also plays in bands including Selvhenter, Valby Vokal Gruppe, Skammens Vogn and Paradisets Born; and guitarist and sample-master Eriksen has composed music for a number of movie soundtracks as well as working as a producer for Kim Las and Lamburg Tony and playing in the band Nikolas.

When they started out as a band they only played together in the form of free improvisation. They recorded most of this spontaneous material so they could keep track of their favorite pieces along the way, refine the work live and continue to improvise—concert after concert, rehearsal after rehearsal—while the music gelled. What started as an unstructured experiment slowly and steadily became actual tracks.

Nine of these songs can be heard on Thulebasen’s new album, Gate 5, which came out February 7th, 2011 on Escho (vinyl) and Tambourhinoceros (CD+DD), and can be heard continuously evolving on live stages across Europe. Reviews already report that Gate 5 is “one of the year’s best Danish records, and I say that with great confidence even though it’s early February" (Undertoner); “In a kaleidoscope of shifting orchestration, tempos and real sounds is Thulebasen bringing listeners into the most acid green corners of rock history" (Soundvenue magazine); "With Gate 5’s explosive bursts, the album is like a warm-blooded geyser from the underground." (Politiken paper).

Having thrown themselves, three years ago, at avant-garde explorations and the potential restructuring of rock’s traditional form, Thulebasen have finally emerged on the other side. The band has found a complex yet unified, groovy and melodic take on relatively traditional rock music, one that does not suffer from the boundaries of a traditional songwriter’s imagination, but is some where between the gutter of social realism and sparkling fantasy. On Gate 5, field recordings from the band’s European tours blend together beautifully with vocals, unpredictable snippets of melody, noisy guitar riffs, catchy synthesizer melodies, pulsating rhythms, hypnotic space-rock grooves and sudden echo effects. The structures of the tracks are simple, but the numerous layers and attention to detail in terms of production add a multicolored and rarely encountered adventurous depth.
In their brief history as a trio, Thulebasen has played more than 100 gigs in England, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Holland, Turkey, Ireland and Denmark. Among many others they have played with tUnE-yArDs, Ariel Pink, EMA, Wavves, Charles Hayward (This Heat), Chimes and Bells, Kim Ki O, Threadpulls, K-X-P, Junglandacee and Alle Med Balloner Og Terrasser.

Escho, the Copenhagen based underground label Bysted co-owns, has been the band’s primary release and gig platform in Denmark. As well as releasing albums by the likes of Iceage, Erik Copeland, Goodiepal, Mit Nye Band, T.S. Høeg and Lamburg Tony, Escho has earned a reputation in Copenhagen as a peerless promoter of tailor-made, unique shows for renowned international artists such as Black Dice, Boredoms, Gang Gang Dance, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Chris Corsano, Otomo Yoshihide, and Omar Souleyman. Rounding up the significant global events of the past 12 months in December 2010, Escho was hailed by Artforum, the world’s most influential contemporary art magazine, as “one of the coolest things around”.

2011 has seen Thulebasen play festivals like Venice Biennale, Spot Festival, Roskilde Festival, Way Out West Festival, Iceland Air Festival, Copenhagen:Dox Film Festival and National Radio Hall tons of other gigs incl support for Efterklang (DK, 4AD), EMA (US, Souterrain Transmissions) on two dates in Germany and tUnE-yArDs (US, 4AD) on two dates in Denmark. Thulebasen is nominated by leading danish music magazine GAFFA for "DK new name of the year” at the annualy GAFFA music award 2011 and furthermore as “Best underground release of the year” and “Best new danish band of the year” by danish music site www.underlyd.org. In 2012 the band is announced for the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen in January, By:Larm in Oslo in February and SXSW 2012 in Austin + shows in LA before SXSW, along with that, Merrill from tUnE-