Featuring members who have a long history in the Norwegian music scene with acclaimed groups like Blood Command and Pybanen, Mads Christensen are a dark spark of rock ‘n’ roll aesthetics shot through with the energy and urgency of punk.
Their sound is moody but always moving, jabbing and feinting, offering twists at every turn, yet somehow sounding like the same band each step of the way. Their debut album, 5212 Helvete, out July 9 through Edged Circle Productions, addresses a very real—and very surreal—place, and getting there is its own reward.
New Noise are proud to premiere the band’s debut single, “Amazing Grave,” below:
For their part, Mads Christensen name a varied and idiosyncratic list of influences which range the Butthole Surfers, Prince, The Spits, and Darkthrone’s F.O.A.D. album.
Across their album’s succinct-yet-winding, 33-minute runtime, the eight songs comprising 5212 Helvete showcase these influences in deranged and bedraggled form, their throb of black-as-pitch mondo-rock and post-punk and proto-kraut keep the listener firmly on their toes. And we could also list the likes of Afghan Whigs, Joyless, The Stooges, and maybe even Bowie’s Berlin trilogy looms equally large here.
On their debut single, the band state:
“We wanted to make some hard and raw songs that would be cool to listen to while you’re high. No triggered drums and no click-tracks, and one take to keep it spontaneous.”
Whatever you want to call Mads Christensen in general and 5212 Helvete in particular, there’s no arguing with its swift and sweeping sense of devilish fun.
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