In 2022, the euphonious influences of yacht rock, and rustic folk songwriting brimming from 60s-era Laurel Canyon are as strong as ever and connect on the debut track “Friendship on Paper” from Norwegian folk-rock group Lady Friend.
This new project is the concept of the recent Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy) winning artist Anne Mette Hardnes during an extended stay in Los Angeles in 2018. The vast cityscape and renowned cultural landmarks left a definite impression upon Mette. She began writing Lady Friend’s material while residing in the Echo Park neighborhood and bringing in Magnus Jacobsen on guitar and Christer and Mats Engen to help her round out Lady Friend’s rhythm section upon returning to Oslo.
Mette is established in her own right as a member of the prominent Norwegian folk group Sweetheart. The Engen brothers will ring familiar with fans of the international underground circuit, with Christer’s notoriety stemming from a decade manning the kit as the drummer of Turbonegro and alongside his brother Mats in the critically acclaimed garage rock group, Euroboys.
Lady Friend’s debut LP will see release on the fast-rising European independent label Mother Likes It Records in November 2022.