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It’s safe to assume the members of Norway’s I Was a King grew up listening to indie rock of the ‘90s. They came all the way to Brooklyn — the heart of indie-land the last few years — to record these songs for their self titled sophomore release, and the pungent scent of bands like Dinosaur Jr., the Wedding Present and Teenage Fanclub is hard not to miss. Borrowing from — or inspired by — the best of a genre, I Was a King ignites these varied styles with incendiary ‘60s psych fireworks (“Still” opens up with a colorful bang, and “Golden Years” recalls L.A.’s “paisley underground”), and occasionally pays homage to American-rooted power-pop (“California,” “It’s All You”). Of course, it’s a bit daring to wear so many influences on one sleeve, but, like deep-fried food, drenching almost anything in a psychedelic wash only improves the flavor, and this collection is a tasty testament to that theory. The band has clearly grown from their 2007 debut, and their partnering with Daniel Smith (Danielson) for album number three promises even more adventure.

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this is a good band.first review!yeah!


Can't stop listening to this album, especially the following tracks: "Weighing Anchor," "California," and "Norman Bleik." They remind me of a cross between Supergrass and the largely unknown indie band "Smashing Orange." The male/female harmonies are haunting. Give it a try.


Formed: 2006 in Oslo, Norway

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Indie rock outfit I Was a King were formed in Oslo, Norway by singer/songwriter/guitarist Frode Strømstad in 2006. Taking a cue from stalwart '90s shoegaze acts like Teenage Fanclub and My Bloody Valentine, as well as lo-fi power pop icons Guided by Voices and psychedelic rock royalty the Creation and Strawberry Alarm Clock, Strømstad released I Was a King's debut, Losing Something Good for Something Better, in 2007. The album received accolades in its Scandinavian homeland as well as in the British...
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