Lorraine are Ole Gunnar Gundersen (24, vocals), Anders Winsents (24, guitar) and Paal Myran Haaland (23, keyboards, programming). Their drummer is a little black box which does exactly what it’s told. Between them the members’ personal influences range from New Order, Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode to Kasabian, The Smiths and The Stone Roses, so it’s no surprise that Lorraine’s own music sounds like it should come with ‘Your new favourite band’ stamped across every CD.
Melodically breathtaking with a lyrical touch that recalls the flamboyant nervousness of Neil Tennant at his most miserably optimistic, Lorraine’s songs are finished off with a unique modern twist. The band have their own take on the Lorraine sound – they named themselves after Marty’s mum in Back To The Future, but their ideology lies in the film’s sequel.
Says Lorraine’s Paal Myran Haaland on the band’s upcoming album: “Our songs mix reality and unreality.” Many of Lorraine’s songs are based on dreams; Ole believes that only in dreams are we completely honest and unfettered by often unfairly imposed moral and social codes. “It’s about articulating the thoughts in your head,” Ole adds. “Thoughts which wouldn’t come out in conversation. Hopes, dreams, a dark positivity. I don’t know if our songs are happy or sad – we can be quite melancholic.” He thinks for a little while. “There is happiness, but it might only be temporary.”
“We’ve had some kind of trip into another world making this album,” Paal smiles. “We’re all about big atmosphere, big sounds, big songs. We always wanted everything to be very big.”
This week sees the hot-tipped trio heading out on a 19-date UK tour, playing headline shows as well as sharing the bill with acts The Feeling and Mobile.
Lorraine’s second album is scheduled for release this autumn on Sony BMG UK.
Lorraine’s MySpace site can be found here. sd
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