Madrugada heads out on European tour

An extensive European tour, an orchestra-backed gig at Oslo’s biggest venue, a new live-album – Madrugada ends one of the band’s most successful years with a bang.

Madrugada 2005 trio/colour (photo: Autumn de Wilde)

One of Norwegian rock’s flagships, Madrugada heads out on an extensive European tour this week that will take the band to loyal fans in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and Greece.

The tight-knitted trio has come a long way since the band first got together in Stokmarknes in Northern Norway in the early nineties. The band relocated to Oslo in 1995, gigged relentlessly all over town and subsequently landed a deal with Virgin in 1999. The band’s debut ‘Industrial Silence’ catapulted Madrugada into the mainstream with platinum sales and sold out tours in Norway. The band managed the transition to the international stage well and has built up a loyal following in Europe and a steadily growing audience in the US. Madrugada have sold in excess of 400 000 copies of their three previous albums, have toured extensively across Europe, UK and US and scored a major hit with the Majesty single from 2002’s ‘Grit’ album.

Madrugada’s new ‘The Deep End’ album was recorded over two months in Los Angeles in autumn 2004 with famed producer Geroge Drakoulias (known for his contributions to Tom Petty, The Black Crowes, The Jayhawks, Ride and Primal Scream productions) and mixer/engineer Dave Bianco (U2, Throwing Muses, Johnny Cash and Mick Jagger). The album has proved to be one of the 2005’s most successful Norwegian releases with platinum sales on the domestic market and good sales in countries like Germany, the Be-Ne-Lux countries and Greece (where it shot to No. 1 on the nation’s sales charts).

Madrugada and EMI Norway have a few tricks up their sleeve which are likely to maintain the band’s position on the sales charts. Madrugada are scheduled to play a massive gig on 2nd of December at Oslo’s biggest indoor venue, the Oslo Spektrum backed by the Bodø Sinfonietta. The two ensembles first collaborated at a festival in the North-Norwegian town of Bodø in August this year. Highly respected arranger/composer/pianist Erlend Skomsvoll (of Come Shine fame) wrote and arranged a set of aesthetic string/orchestra arrangements around a selection of Madrugada’s tunes, resulting in a concert that was praised unanimously in regional as well as national media. The band and the Bodø Sinfonietta are set to recreate the beautiful soundscapes that were created on that August evening at their December concert at the Oslo Spektrum. The event will be recorded, and if nothing unforeseen happens, the album will be in domestic record shops by Dec. 14.

The band recently recorded a duet with one of Norway’s most influential and respected female singer-songwriters; Ane Brun. The result, the beautiful single Lift Me is currently seeing strong domestic airplay. The song is one of many fantastic tracks on Brun’s latest release, ‘Duets’ which, as the title implies, contains duets with artists ranging from Syd Matters to Madrugada, Teitur, Lars Bygdén, Liv Widell, Ellekari Larsson (the Tiny), Magnus Tingsek, Tobias Fröberg, Wendy McNeill and Ron Sexsmith. The album can be purchased on iTunes.

Note: The gigs Madrugada were scheduled to play in Essen on 29th and Stuttgart on 30th of November have been cancelled due to the band’s concert at the Oslo Spektrum on 2nd of December.

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