The National Bank is a peerless band in Norway, with members enrolled from different tracts of the musical landscape; from diverse bands and constellations, but with one thing in common, that they are all young, ambitious and outstanding in their field. The National Bank is thus no less than a supergroup, but one that came into existence not after the golden days of the member’s personal careers but, conversely, simultaneously or perhaps even before this fully has happened.
The band comprises brothers Lars and Martin Horntveth, the driving forces behind the hugely successful jazz ensemble Jaga Jazzist (and both with memorable solo records on their resume) Nikolai Eilertsen (ex. Bigbang) Morten Qvenild from In the Country and Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, and not least the beloved singer/songwriter Thomas Dybdahl, whose captivating vocals spearheads the National Bank’s songs.
This week sees the outfit heading out on a two week European tour covering Holland, Germany, Belgium, France and Denmark.
For those unable to experience the vibrant collective’s fabulous live-shows, Dutch web-TV channel Fabchannel offers a free live webcast on March 26th. The band’s Amsterdam gig will be webcast from 20:00 CET and the concert will also be added to Fabchannel’s extensive back-catalogue which features footage of concerts by such Norwegian acts as Thomas Dybdahl, Ane Brun, Jaga Jazzist and Sondre Lerche.
Listen to The National Bank tracks on their MySpace site.sd
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