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Doomed Confessionary: Vegard Strand (Gjenferd)

Photos by Vegard Ekberg

Gjenferd is a rock band from Bergen, Norway, inspired by the early days of heavy rock when Hammond organs and walls of guitar amplifiers dominated the scene. Long nights of beers, noise, obscure 70s records, and rigging up overly heavy Fender Rhodes have resulted in an album that is a sonic explosion of slow and hard-hitting riffs, electric noise, and ridiculously catchy vocal harmonies.

Featuring members from Kryptograf, Metusalem & Edvard Borneo, Gjenferd released their self-titled debut album on May 10th, 2024 via Apollon Records. Album was recorded by Hans Uhre at Grisehuset, mixed & mastered by Iver Sandøy (Enslaved), and features stunning cover art by Robert Høyem.

Gjenferd are Vegard Bachmann Strand (guitars, vocals), Jakob Særvoll (keyboards, vocals), Samuel Robson Gardner (bass) and Sivert Kleiven Larsen (drums).

Can you say a few words about your band?
Our band was formed in Kristiansand, Norway in 2020 during our musical studies. We felt there where a lack of a good old seventies style rock scene in the city and figured the best way to change that would be to start our own band. After some experimentation we landed on a sound combining heavy and catchy rock & roll with calm verses and long escalating improvisational parts. After finishing our studies we relocated to Bergen, Norway which already has a flourishing rock scene with bands like Slomosa and Kryptograf.

What was the biggest challenge for the band?
We’ve had quite a few different drummers. Hans Uhre, with whom we recorded our first album, lives in Trondheim, which is very far from Bergen. So there was a period of time that a couple of other drummers were involved, but for various reasons did not have time to be involved. Fortunately, we now have Sivert Kleiven Larsen as a permanent drummer.

What can you be most proud of so far?
That would be our debut album »Gjenferd«. It has been a long way in the making and we are very excited that it’s finally been released. Everything except the vocals and a few guitar solos and additional tracks, were recorded live in Kristiansand, Norway. The recording was done by our former drummer, who plays on the album, Hans Uhre, at a place called “Grisehuset” or “The Pighouse” in English.

What was your biggest regret?
We’ve been playing together for a few years now, but didn’t start playing live and recording music until fairly recently. Since we are fairly new to the music industry, we haven’t really had the time to have any big regrets yet.

What was the best concert/tour so far and why?
Our best concert so far has to be the release party for our album which we played at Hulen in Bergen on June 1st. The audience was really lovely and it was a blast to hear some of them joining in on the choruses!

What was the biggest surprise on the music scene for you?
Perhaps the fact that the music scene in Bergen is quite small, which means that you get to know many different musicians across genres.

What is currently in your heavy musical rotation?
On that front, we’re somewhat diverse within the band. What we share is a deep love for most 70s rock music. Lately, I (Vegard) have been particularly immersed in the latest release from Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, »Nell’ Ora Blu«. Additionally, there’s been a surge of exciting new music emerging from Bergen recently. I’ve been listening a lot to the latest album from our labelmates, Bismarck, as well as the debut album from a band called Superslow.

What was the best advice you’ve ever been given as a musician?
Consistency is key!

What are your guilty pleasures?
Our drummer is really enthusiastic about sausages. Especially hot dogs from gas stations.

Can you say something more about the music scene in Bergen?
We have many talented individuals in the Bergen music scene. In recent years, there has also been a growing scene within 70s rock and stoner/doom. Those of us involved in this type of music know each other well and strive to support one another.

Where can we see you live this year (concerts/tours)
This fall we we’le be heading on a Norway tour in connection with the album release. We’re just now starting to make plans for next year, and would really like to have an European tour!

What are your plans for the future as a band?
As we mentioned there will be a lot of gigs in the near future, and without promising any specific date yet we are really looking forward to get back in the studio for the recording of our second album!

How can people best support your band?
Listen to our album, spread the word about it, and catch us live when we come to your area! We also have vinyl, CDs, and cool t-shirts available for sale on our Bandcamp profile.

Do you have any message for your listeners?
We want to thank everyone who has listened to our album and given us good feedback. We really appreciate it! As mentioned, we are going on a tour around Norway this fall. The dates and places will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

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Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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