Kvelertak is one of the most promising bands from Norway the last years. They come from the city of Stavanger on the south-west coast of Norway. The band started up in 2007, but got their break through in 2009. Kvelertak is headlining the second stage at the Oya festival’s first day, and here are some pictures of them for the last four years.
In 2009 Kvelertak played the Norwegian showcase festival by:Larm, and the year after they played the Oya festival for the first time, and also Roskilde. They played lots of other festivals and toured as support for Converge and Kylesa.
2010 was more than touring and festivals for Kvelertak. The year started at the Eurosonic festival in January, and soon after the band won the Norwegian Grammy, Spellemannprisen, in the categories Rock and Newcomer of the Year. In 2011 Kvelertak won the Statoil scholarship of 1 million Norwegian kroner (ap. $160.000) and continued to tour in Norway and abroad.
The interesting thing with Kvelertak is that they sing in Norwegian, but are still loved by their fans in Europe and USA. Their music is highly energetic, with three guitars, bass and drums, and singer Erlend Hjelvik as their charismatic singer. The stage shows are built around Hjelvik’s persona and the other musician’s punky attitude, and the band is one of my personal live favorites. Wednesday August 7th they headline the stage Sjosiden at the Oya festival.
All pictures are © Per Ole Hagen, and must not be used without written permission.