In support of their album ‘Bisexual’, Bergen’s vital trio Ungdomskulen head out on a UK tour this week.
Ungdomskulen come across as an amalgam of the instrumental mastery and structural intricacy of prog and jazz rock combined with the sheer snotty energy of punk. Here are clever on-off melodic strands and the droning infinities of everything that is “post.” And ‘post punk’ is indeed the label they apply themselves, along with terms like ‘progressive’ and ‘new wave’.”
Pitchforkmedia wrote of their debut record ‘Cry baby’:
“Ungdomskulen never departs from its power-trio line-up, meaning there are very few sounds on Cry-Baby that don't emanate either from drums, guitar, bass, and vox. Cry-Baby is just strings and skins, and by necessity, it's democratic, emphasizing each element equally while covering a lot of ground, from the pop melodies of "Feels Like Home" and "My Beautiful Blue Eyes" to the noisy crunch of, well, "Feels Like Home" and "My Beautiful Blue Eyes". These songs are all motion, mixing indie-rock lightning with heavy-metal thunder and revealing a belief in rock's spiritual powers: "I feel that your fills are real," Stockhaus tells a modern drummer on "Modern Drummer". "You fill up the void that we all have inside." On one level, their approach-- the musical equivalent of running "Serpentine!"-- seems to short-circuit any stab at seriousness, not that they're trying to be the Arcade Fire. But Ungdomskulen manage to rock sans irony, finding a certain freedom in adolescent arrest.”
“Ungdomskulen are doubtlessly exhausting, but they’re worth the effort.” (8/10 Eclipse
“Ungdomskulen have arrived to smudge the stereotype.” (4/5 Uncut)
“Intriguing, uncategorisable opening shot from Norwegian nutjobs.” (4/5 Kerrang)
“( ) relentless, reckless and original as Sonic Youth.” (7/10 NME)
Ungdomskulen’s second album ‘Bisexual’ saw its domestic release this spring and the release has so far garnered an impressive positively reception in Norway’s music press.