11 Juin 2020
Here music lovers will find a dark and distinctive blend of post-punk, shoegaze and psychedelia. The album will be released by French label Only Lovers Records in collaboration with Portland's Little Cloud Records and Parisian label Icy Cold Records.
Not long ago, the band released singles 'Swallow' with video by Astrid Serck, and 'Vultures', inspired by the art of George Grosz and Hieronymus Bosch, the video for which includes live footage of the band and a dance sequence by Norwegian drag artist Remi Johansen Hovda.
“This is combination of shady psych-pop and shoegaze with elements of surf and post-punk,” says frontman Trond Fagernes.
Hailing from Oslo, Mayflower Madame is Trond Fagernes (vocals, guitars, bass), Håvard Haga (guitars) and Ola J. Kyrkjeeide (drums). Formed in 2011, they first rehearsed in a desolate industrial building, sharing space with a carwash company. Their hazy, smoke-laden sound was conceived naturally amidst these gritty surroundings. They soon recorded a four-track demo and became 'Unsigned Band of the Week' on a major Norway stations.
After a few years of playing shows in Scandinavia, carefully honing their sound along the way, Mayflower Madame finally released their debut album 'Observed in a Dream' in 2016. Through eight tracks of theatrical psych-gaze exploration and dark romanticism, the album conveyed the wintry feeling of their home country – icy and gloomy, haunting and majestic.
Tours in North America and Europe followed, followed by the 'Premonition' EP in 2018, a 4-track collection of apocalyptic love songs, and more touring and festival circuit in France, Germany, UK and Eastern Europe between recording sessions for their second LP.
Mayflower Madame has shared the stage with bands like Killing Joke, Moon Duo, Night Beats, Psychic Ills, Froth, The Underground Youth, Crocodiles, Cosmonauts and La Femme.
Their much-anticipated second album 'Prepared For A Nightmare' sees the band delving even deeper into their own distinctive blend of psych-noir and post-punk with elements of shoegaze and noise-rock.
'Prepared for a Nightmare' is released on vinyl and CD on June 12. It is currently availabl via iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp, where physical formats can also be ordered.
"A seriously heady concoction of netherworldish sonic dabbling on a canvas of foreboding postpunk beauty wrapped in a psychedelic blanket. Utterly superb" – Louder Than War
"Deeply atmospheric psychedelia" – Clash Magazine
"A feverish nod to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club... the spacey menace of early Verve" – Q Magazine
"The love child of post-punk and neo-psychedelia" – Classic Rock Magazine (Germany)
"Their sneering vocals and wickedly distorted guitar riffs are pure Jesus & Mary Chain, the ominous, echo-drenched atmospherics recall Sisters of Mercy, and the overall and very palpable sense of fear and dread harken back to Faith-era Robert Smith" – BlackBook
Prepared For A Nightmare
Only Lovers Records
12 June 2020
Trond Fagernes - vocals, guitars, bass
Håvard Haga - guitars
Ola J. Kyrkjeeide - drums
Kenneth Eknes - synth on all tracks except 2, 6 & 7
Petter G. Marberg - bass on track 1 & 10
Songs written by Mayflower Madame / Trond Fagernes
Recorded by Trond Fagernes & Ola J. Kyrkjeeide at MaMa Studio, Oslo
Mixed by Bob de Wit (track 1, 5, 6 & 7), James Aparicio (track 2, 3 & 4)
and James Trevascus (track 8, 9 & 10)
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio, New York
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