The legendary Norwegian punk act Cockroach Clan strike back after 22 years! The album called Songs about Blunt Knives and Deep Love started out as a bizarre idea from producer extraordinary Hugo Alvarstein (The Good the Bad and the Zugly, Raga Rockers):
Pick some gems from your 1990s recordings and rehearse them properly. Then visit my studio and Ill make that scrap iron shine he demanded. So the band did, threw in some new songs as well, and unpredictably ended up with an album now being released through record label Fysisk Format.
Cockroach Clan have stayed more or less active the past few years, a few yearly gigs at the hand of nostalgia, enduring friendship and stubbornness has been the drill. Much like going fishing for full houses.
The band started out as far back as 1994, building a loyal fan base and a reputation of being a superb live band along the way. Jovial aggression just cant fail when accompanied by good tunes! Cockroach Clans previous albums Roach (-94), Going Underground -EP (-96) and Just Say Blow! (-97) have become minor classics in the Norwegian punk scene, although the band never gained any significant success beyond the punk congregation.
You might have seen the band on stage with acts like The Toy Dolls, Discharge, UK Subs, The Exploited, Cock Sparrer, Anti-Nowhere League, Vice Squad and GBH through the years. If not, its about time there are more gigs, joy and outrage to come!
So far so good, but... how about some trivia?
-Guitarist Akke was initially chosen to join Danny McCormacks The Yo-Yos back in 1998 when The Wildhearts split up. Akke never got to become a full-time member of the band, due to problems in Danny's personal life at the time of his recruitment.
-In the wild nineties, Cockroach Clan was signed to renowned Swedish punk label Birdnest, alongside "trallpunk" bands like Charta 77 and De Lyckliga Kompisarna
-Bassplayer Morten and guitarist Simen made out the primitive garage punk duo Mormones. Morten is also the songwriter and guitarist in Fysisk Format/Rural Rebel Rock act Kosmik Boogie Tribe.