Bergen’s vital outfit Casiokids continues its international campaign with an extensive European tour.
«Scandinavia’s premier pop-tronica outfit,» reads NME’s description of Moshi Moshi-signed Casiokids; most playful spawn of the Bergen vogue. The name relates to the band relying on vintage Casio synths, and with an almost equal emphasis on theatre, props and on-stage performance, their aim is to make electronic music more visual. Casiokids is a new concept, not just a hot new name in electro pop; their dance- and joy-inspiring amalgam has taken Britain and Europe by playful surprise.
Old analogue and trashy keyboards, pop melodies and a digital & shadow puppet theatre make up the creative collective that is Casiokids. The band sprung out of an idea of making electronic music more visual, but has developed further into being a collective of theatre blended with pop melodies often sung in their native language and influenced by afro-beat, techno and out-and-out pop. The music draws similarities and according to the band members, they take inspiration from Paul Simon's "Graceland", Ivor Cutler, New Order, King Tubby, Bob Hund, Cornelius and Fela Kuti.
A few press quotest:
"I always say, if you want some enormously danceable, minimalist Afro-funk and space-disco (with a donk on it), then you need to reach out to beardy Norwegians, for it is only they who are capable of making records as brilliantly lunatic as this. For a start, it's entirely instrumental; for another start, it is propelled along its golden path by the single greatest synth noise in the history of electricity and wires; and, for a third start, it's all over in less than three minutes. Everything lovable about popular music is here and it has a video to accompany it that is both mentally compelling and sort of hilarious. Casiokids: you rule in all sorts of wonderful new ways."
"Fot i hose", Single of the week in the Guardian, February 28, 2009
"A sublimely synthy debut from Scandinavia’s premier poptronica outfit…Casiokids are an absolute necessity (8/10)"
NME review of Grønt lys i alle ledd: November 1, 2008
"My other favourite Norwegian discovery, Casiokids (...) switch styles so much that it’s hard to really pin them down—variables include high, winsome vocals, rubbery 8-bit melodies, dancey backing tracks, slashy post-punk guitars, a multi-media stage show with various kinds of puppets and video projections, and just generally a sweet and crazy party vibe."
Pitchforkmedia.com review of Øya 2008
"The perfect hybrid of Duran Duran, Kings of Leon, Efterklang, Sigur Ros and 2unlimited (6/6)"
GAFFA (Denmark): by:Larm festival, Oslo 2008
"With their haywire melodies and an exuberant stage show featuring massive puppets, video, and shadow theater they combine electro-pop bliss and indie-kid abandon into one ragtag effusion. Junky analog synths bleat and whistle in a long overture; with the introduction of Windsor-knotted guitars, timbales, and Muppety harmonies, it starts resembling a DiskJokke/Vampire Weekend mash-up."
Pitchforkmedia.com review of Togens hule 2008
"Rock’n’roll circus? Nah - Casiokids know that electro-funk shadow theatre is really where it’s at."
BBC, Numusic Festival, Stavanger 2005