Hailing from Oslo, Norway four-piece Lukestar- a.k.a. Truls Heggero,
Hilmo, Marius Ergo, and Jørgen Smådal Larsen - have
already managed to
create quite a name for themselves (that's slightly easier to pronounce).
After successful UK and European tours, and an outright dominance
Norwegian music scene, Lukestar are preparing for their stateside
the November 4th release of their sophomore album, Lake Toba, on
Growing up in the far outskirts of Oslo with the wilderness as
neighbor, Truls and the gang started making songs inspired by 80s
and Queen. Turning teenagers in the early 90s, the band got swept
up by the
Nevermind-revolution, as a great deal of their generation did.
This led to
the fascination that Lukestar still has for 3-chord pop-songs covered
energetic guitars and melodies provoking waves of spine-chills.
Lukestar's sound has evolved, with guitars, drums, bass & keyboards
a dynamic universe surrounding the otherworldly falsetto of lead
Truls´ magnetic voice, which comes to him naturally and quite
In the two years since Lukestar's inception, these five young
amassed an impressive body of work, including two EPs and full-lengths.
every moment of super-accessible pop they have created, there is
span of aggressive math-rock. For every lyric that could have been
the pages of a book on ancient mythology, there is another that
as suited for pop radio.
Lukestar have enjoyed a combined 26 weeks of airplay on Norwegian
radio between the first two singles off Lake Toba ("White
Shade" and "The
Shade You Hide") and, in the eight months since its release
homeland, Lake Toba has sold more than 4,500 copies (keeping in
15,000 sales in their country is their equivalent of a gold record).
Pitchfork caught on early, giving the album a 7.0 review and calling
solid collection of pulsing indie-rock songs with half-shouted
guitars unwinding like fractal art." NME.com have also come
on as big
supporters, featuring the album on their site.