Great NewsStranger In The Hallway
Cat #: ES123
Format: Digital single
1. Sleep It Off
3. Make Me Feel
7. Never Get My Love
8. You’re Mine
10. Love Her
GREAT NEWS RELEASES “Stranger In The Hallway” APRIL 3rd
Norwegian daze-pop trio Great News has developed an aural language that breaks through all sonic borders. Inspired by 90s fashion, 80s beats, and the mountains and fjords of their home base of Bergen, Norway, Great News combines elements of daze-pop and psychedelic rock over cheerful melodies and jaunty basslines.
“Bounces off the walls and exudes trademark pop cheeriness.” – FLAUNT
“Fuse bubblegum choruses with a pounding physicality.” – CLASH
“Anthemic and assertive in its alt-garage-rock stylings.” – tmrw magazine
“The band makes high-powered pop-rock that is inescapably catchy.” – American Songwriter
“A mix of surf-rock and psych-pop.” – EARMILK
“Radiating intent off buoyant guitar riffs, spunky vocals, and everything in-between.” – Atwood Magazine
“The best band from Norway in many years.” – Q Magazine
“Full-blown technicolor pop.” – The Line Of Best Fit
“A band you need to have on your radar.” – HuffPo
“Give Great News a bean bag and some slippers and they’d sink into another dimension.” – DIY
Today the three-piece outfit shares their new single “Stranger In The Hallway.” Anchored by a languid yet guttural beat, the track also employs arpeggiated synths and dynamic piano chords to great effect. Sonically, it’s reminiscent of the polished pop hits of the ’80s and swells over its 3 minute duration with a head rush of euphoric emotions.
Lead singer and guitarist Even Kjelby explains: “You know when you see someone on the bus, across a crowded room, or even in the hallway and you make intense, soul-deep eye contact, and then you can’t get the person out of your head? That is what this song is about.”
“Stranger In The Hallway” follows the release of singles “Reality Show” and “Greedy Little Thing,” two tracks that illuminate Great News’ range and penchant for kaleidoscope aural treats.
Listen to the song here: https://soundcloud.com/edda-music/stranger-in-the-hallway-great-news/s-yxYDc
“Reality Show” is rooted in emotional rawness but its psych-pop layers are melodic, elaborate, and enticing. The groovy, guitar-focused track quickly evolves, gliding through synth-rock cadences and blasting through like sunlight on a cloudy day. It’s a high-energy endeavor, morphing into a sardonic narrative about the paradoxes of social media infamy and being under the microscope for all the wrong reasons.
“Greedy Little Thing,” a track serving as an anthem for today’s youth culture and touching upon the vices of materialism, the upside to minimalism, and that happiness is found in the journey, not in some fixed destination frequently being imposed by others.
Great News is comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist Even Kjelby, bassist Ole Kristian Einarsen, and drummer Lars Henrik Stoud Platou. In late 2017, they released their debut LP Wonderfault, a shoe-gazer’s fuzzed out daydream. In order to fund the breakthrough, which was featured on CLASH, Q Magazine, Huffington Post and more, the guys took on various odd jobs accompanied with the minimum wage hustle/struggle to live out their true passion in life. Great News is set to release their sophomore LP Now and Them on April 17th.
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Great News – Now and Them LP Tracklist:
2. Never Going Back
3. Greedy Little Thing
4. Reality Show
6. Stranger In The Hallway
8. The One Where They Don’t Care
9. Restless Eyes
10. Someone Good
11. Speak Your Mind
13.It Stays The Same