‘Who Do You Love’ is the impending new full-length from Norwegian noise rock unit ÅRABROT is currently streaming the record in advance of its September 7th release via Pelagic.
Issues band leader Kjetil Nernes, “I walk forty-seven miles of barbed wire; I use a cobra-snake for a necktie; I got a brand new house on the roadside; Made from rattlesnake hide; I got a brand new chimney made on topl Made out of a human skull; Now come on take a walk with me; And tell me, who do you love?”
Get swallowed by ÅRABROT’s ‘Who Do You Love’ here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/08E85iVQZPA or directly above.
Echoes And Dust calls Who Do You Love, “a diverse and rewarding listen, albeit a rather gloomy one…” Two Guys Metal Reviews hails a record that’s, “Chunky, punchy, and over the fucking top,” adding, “this is a weird listen to be sure but one that fans of art rock will be enamored with.” Elaborates Ghost Cult, “the caustic nature of Killing Joke and the artistic abrasiveness of The Birthday Party has never been too far away from the forefront of Kjetil Nernes work. By adding a Nick Cave backwash to the (ir)regular order of things on latest offering Who Do You Love, Nernes has established a unsettling tone to proceedings where the unmelodious dark poetry of a tale of morality is woven into jangling art rock ‘n’ roll (‘Maldoror’s Love’), that playfully sits at odds with servings of cathartic goth death rock, such as the twisted reworking of Nina Simone’s ‘Sinnerman.'”
Norwegian Grammy award winning ÅRABROT carry all the hallmarks of a sonic spectrum that has always been a wide and wild field of purposeful mismatches; a world of friction between the noisy, the disharmony, and the tension, with rivalling moments of harmonic relief.
But there is more than noise rock to ÅRABROT’s formula, “I’m interested in feelings, either the very silent or the extremely noisy,” comments Nernes. “I don’t care about what’s in between, the middle of the road isn’t my thing. The bible fits really well with that. I’m using it thematically all of the time.”
It comes as no surprise that the singer and guitar player has established himself in a former church in the woods of Dalarna in rural Sweden, where he lives with his wife, piano player, and singer Karin Park, and where his band now rehearses and records, surrounded by pianos, organs, and hundreds of old bibles that the church left behind when the congregation stopped. The clerical environment has proven to be an excellent creative tapestry for a band whose lyrical focus orbits around sex, death, and defiance.
Nernes has made his own firsthand experience with the topics he sings about. He was diagnosed with malignant throat cancer in 2014, in the middle of a tour. Instead of heading in for surgery right away, the band finished a full European tour first, “Every night of that tour was like the last show ever,” Nernes comments, “It was really strange. When a doctor calls and says, ‘you’re terribly sick,’ it’s surreal. You go into this phase where life is more vivid and more real, in a weird way. We’ve done so many shows through the years and sometimes it’s a little like going to the factory to do a job. But with an axe hanging over your head you perceive the world differently.”
After successfully recovering from cancer, Nernes and ÅRABROT are now stronger than ever. The band has collaborated with procuders like Billy Anderson and Steve Albini, and musicians like Ted Parsons (Killing Joke, Swans), Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley, and Kvelertak’s Erlend Hjelvik. They have composed music for silent movies like Die Niebelungen and Doctor Caligari, and have teamed up with The Quietus founder John Doran on his spoken word tour. Their previous full-length album The Gospel, was also named Album of the Year by The Quietus. And now comes the the big question this September: Who Do You Love? For fans of:Swans, Unsane, The Melvins, Death In June, Captain Beefheart, and Killing Joke.