Release Date: Apr 7, 2009
Record label: Control Group/Tcg
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Norway's I Was a King are children and students of indie rock. If you were to closely examine their DNA you'd find equal elements of Amer-indie rock à la Dinosaur Jr., U.K. and U.S. shoegaze as perpetrated by Ride and the Lilys, jangling chord-change rock like the kind Teenage Fanclub basically perfected, and noise pop that's equal parts dreamy My Bloody Valentine, and classic rock Medicine influenced.
Cultural globalization spurred by the development of new media technologies like the Internet was the best thing to happen to Scandinavians since strawberry-bearded Beowulf slayed Grendel. Years could pass without a Scandinavian band ever getting a review in a major Anglophone publication, to say nothing of places on record shelves. Once it was represented almost exclusively by Abba.
Not to get all protectionist here, but it seems pointless to import so many 1960s-mining indie rock outfits to America when we've got plenty of perfectly good 60s-mining acts right here at home. Yet Norway's I Was a King offer a welcome twist on the same ol'. Sure, all the usual signifiers are swimming through the group's self-titled second album, as well as elements borrowed from pioneering 60s synthesists Big Star or the Raspberries (the group covers a song from 60s survivor Larry Norman, too).