Like your punk music loaded with post-hardcore hooks, stoner rock chill and anthemic angst delivered at breakneck speed? Of course you do. Why wouldn’t you? You’re gonna love Spielbergs.
Hailing from Oslo, Norway the trio first piqued our attention last year when they dropped brutal their debut single ‘We Are All Going To Die’. It was the perfect introduction to all that they’re about – anxious and loaded, yet defiant and catchy as hell.
Since then, the press and rock-lovers the world over have fallen in deep too. They made it into the NME 100 of the most essential new artists for 2019 and on Friday they release their momentous debut album ‘This Is Not The End’.
We caught up with frontman Mads Baklien to talk about their laid back approach, being approved by The Wombats, and, er, frustrations with McDonald’s.
How did you guys meet?
“We have all played with each other in a bunch of different bands over the years. I’ve known our bassist Stian since we where kids. He was my big brother’s best friend when they were nine-years old. Then our drummer Christian [Løvhaug] and I met when we were working in the same Kindergarden here in Oslo. He was playing in an indie band called Accidents Never Happen who moved to Liverpool to try and ‘make it’. I had a post-hardcore band here in Oslo, we were played some shows together, then Christian and I became tired of it all.”
Tired of getting nowhere?
“We’d been touring and sleeping on floors all over Europe and we were just sick of it. We wanted to get a decent job and family, so we did. But then we weren’t happy with that either. So we got a rehearsal room in an abandoned office building in Oslo and it became this club for us every Friday night. There was no ambition, it was just about having fun. Once Stian joined on bass, we finished our first song. Then we played shows and things started happening.”
“We wanted to get a decent job and family, so we did. But then we weren’t happy with that either”
The record does have a laid-back garage rock party vibe, like some friends just hanging out.
“Yeah, that’s just the way we sounded at that point in time. A good friend of ours is Tord Øverland Knudsen, the bassist of The Wombats. He has a studio here in Oslo, and said we could just go over. So we did it all pretty quickly with a simple punk rock approach. We got in there, set up, played, got out. It was great because it was so intense.”
There’s a great wealth of great artists coming out of Norway at the moment, with yourselves, Sigrid, Pom Poko, Sløtface, Boy Pablo, Sassy 009, Girl In Red, and so on. Do you feel like you’re part of that community?
“I don’t feel like we’re in the same scene as those that you just mentioned. It’s hard to say. It may look like that from the UK, but no. We have several different scenes just in Oslo. It doesn’t upset me, I understand it. We’re a small country and there’s a lot of good stuff going on.”
How are you guys handling all of the hype coming in so thick and fast?
“It’s very hard to accept that it’s happening, but we’re just stoked. We try to stay grounded and just keep doing what we’re doing without getting carried away.”
Having been exhausted by being in a band before, how do you measure success?
“I think that if we can continue to release our music without losing all of our money, then great. At this point we’re paying for a lot of stuff ourselves. That’s OK, but it we could keep the whole ship afloat then that would be great.”
Are you not going to have a big rider on this tour, then?
“Ha! I don’t think we have one. It’ll probably be just a couple of beers and some bread.”
Spielbergs release ‘This Is Not The End’ on February 1, via By The Time It Gets Dark Records.
11 – Manchester, Jimmy’s
12 – Glasgow, The Garage
13 – Newcastle, Think Tank
14 – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
15 – London, Shacklewell Arms