Oslo is a wasteland for noise rock. Sure there are good bands here, but they ain’t from Oslo originally. Thank God we have Stavanger; the home of Noxagt, Ultralyd and a huge range of noise and freejazz musicians that have had a major impact on the noise and jazz scene in Norway for over a decade.
Anders Hana, mostly known as a veteran of Noxagt, Ultralyd and Moha!, has quietly (or not so quietly) built a nice repertoire of releases over the last 10 years or so. Dead Clubbing, released on Kjetil Brandsdal’s (Noxagt) small but superb label Dridmachine in 2011, feature more examples of Hana’s talent and versatility. Possibly more comfortable as a solo artist; he completes everything here himself: guitar, drums, and saxophone.
The 6 track one sided LP is a hypnotic mindfuck. As mindbending as the cover art, the record also runs from inside to outside!
And as intense on stage as anyone on the Norwegian circuit, Anders Hana delivers dark, non-forgiving–, noise. Prog, avant rock, kraut, and jazz can all be heard on this record. Hana refuses categorization as a rock guitarist, floating within many genres of music; sometimes all within one song.
The hauting “Iskoras” starts the mental pounding off followed by the jazzy and bass-heavy “Viglen”. “Haldi”, the most massive and noisy song on the record is followed by “Kunna” which could be the soundtrack to a dark film noir chase scene. “Kebnekaise” sounds like The Melvins in a psychedelic jam session. The last track, “Kvænan” is just guitar and symbols; coming off as an upbeat dance number compared to the rest of the songs.
Imagine a slower Lighting Bolt playing freejazz/noise with a bit of saxophone mixed with the prog of Italian Zu or the sound of The Melvins at their most experimental. There are definite influences of Hana’s earlier work in Noxagt and Ultralyd aswell, but it does not seem rehashed at any point. Dead Clubbing is not easy listening and does get a bit repetitive in its soundscapes. You need to be in the right mindset to be able to fully comprehend/enjoy this record. It’s clubmusic for noise-heads.
Listen to “Iskoras” from Dead Clubbing: