Thomas Bratlie Haugland from Rumble in Rhodes, together with the multi-instrumentalist Marius Ergo and Team Me boss Marius Lord Hagen, has created a musical collective called Insomniac Bears. Thomas explains how it all started and answers questions in our interview series 5 about books and music.
1) What is the last one you read?
Typography – A Manual of Design.
Finally found time to check out this timeless typography book written by pioneer Emil Ruder.
Emil was one of the first to go away from the conventional rules and shapes associated with this art form, setting the standard of innovative thinking in a philosophical perspective.
2) What is your favorite book?
Choose to draw a classic novel: ” The song of the red ruby ” by Agnar Mykle .
This book is a gem in itself, not only for its rude language and vigorous use of metaphors, but also because it takes a basketball with society’s view of sex, togetherness and religion in the 50’s. The book was stamped as impossibly and illegally made a couple of years due to its bold sexual references. But the novel has been important in retrospect for the freedom of expression of Norwegian writers.
3) If you were to start a band with an author, which would it be?
I have actually started a band with the author and Lo-Fi-Pop Prince Magnus Moriarty . Together with the multi-instrumentalist Marius Ergo and Team Me boss Marius Lord Hagen, we have created a musical collective called Insomniac Bears. It all started when Moriarty called this crew to an evening in the studio to record a song for the annual summer cassette released on his label. But the evening ended up so full of inspiration and glow that we could have written both “Use Your Illusion 1, 2, 3 and 4″. This is one evening I will remember the rest of my life and we quickly decided to make a solid constellation out of it.
4) What can we expect from Insomniac Bears in the future?
One can expect a starving musical collective with distinctions to a new expressive territory without compromising on pulse and energy. Our songs are continuous, seductive and beautifully behaved. At the same time, they are clearly brave and brave. Really genuinely, those who are waiting for a new Rumble in Rhodes, Team Me, Magnus Moriarty or Ergo will be disappointed. The interesting thing here is the explosions that occur between us in the previously unexplored cooperation. The musical properties merge our signatures and establish common ground and a new direction. The expression is shaped in full musical freedom and can be described as surplus indie or artpop with a folky vibb and scandinavian chill. After a year of songwriting and experimentation here in Oslo, we traveled to the country’s coolest studio Ocean Sound Recordings on the snapback Giske and recorded our first songs. Here, things really got loose and we are looking forward to sharing new music soon.
5) What is your favorite album?
It will not be possible for me to cook it all down to an album on my mind. Ask me again when I reach 70 years and have reflected my life. Meanwhile .. here is a list of albums that have been extremely important to me:
Fugazi – End Hits (Dischord)
Gang of Four – Entertainment! (EMI)
Talking Heads – 77 + Remain in Light (Sire)
The Cure – Disintegration (Fiction)
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (Geffen)
David Bowie – Low (RCA)
Kraftwerk – The Man Machine (Kling Klang)
John Coltrane – My Favorite Things (Atlantic)
Tortoise – TNT (Thrill Jockey)
Prince – Prince (Warner Bros)
Elliott Smith – XO + Either / Or (Domino)
CocoRosie – Gray Oceans (Sub Pop)
Les Savy Fav – Go Forth (Frenchkiss)
Deerhoof – Friend Opportunity (Kill Rock Stars)
Blonde Redhead – Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons (Touch and Go)
The Walkmen – Bows + Arrows (Record Collection)
Wild Nothing – Empty Estate (Bella Union)
Q and Note U – Different Damage (Dischord)
Lord We Go Magic – A Different Ship (Secretly Canadian)
Deerhunter – Microcastle / Weird Era Continued (4AD)
Tame Impala – Currents (Fiction)
Or Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (Polyvinyl)
Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam (Domino)
Darkside – Psychic (Matador)
Caribou – Swim (Merge)
Jamie xx – In Color (Young Turkish)
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma (Warp)
Radiohead – Kid A (Capitol)
Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica (Epic)
Jimmy Eat World – Clarity (Big Wheel Recreation)
Pinback – Blue Screen Life (Cutty Shark)
The Postal Service – Give Up (Sub Pop)
Refused – Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent (Burning Heart)
At the Drive-in – Relationship of Command (Grand Royal)
Hot Snakes – Suicide Invoice (Swami)
Metallica – Master of Puppets (Elektra)
Guns N’Roses – Appetite for Destruction (Geffen)
Nirvana – Nevermind (DGC)
Black Sabbath – Paranoid (Vertigo)