from the album "The Miniature Mile"
Suits My Soul
from the album "Camp"
The Miniature Mile
From Bergen, Norway – began as a ‘supergroup’ in 1999– each member had previously played in other successful bands such as Barbie Bones, Pogo Pops and Chocolate Overdose. Has since released 3 albums in Norway and Scandinavia to tremendous reviews.
"The Miniature Mile" is the title of the new Popium record, and it was released in Norway/Scandinavia on August 28. Only Popium can produce songs of a certain quality, unequal to anyone else, that have the power to extend a beautiful warm summer well into fall and even winter. Listen to "Anchor Down", better yet, see the unique video on this website. The record was produced by singer/songwriter Frank Hammersland, whom has with this collection of songs re-affirmed his status as one of Norway's premier songwriting talents. The press reviews have been complimentary as usual; " (The track) "The Comeback Kid" sails upliftingly on acoustic guitars and strings, "Happy to the Core" is a classic guitarpop duet....the title track treats us to booming basslines with a glam riff..."How to come up from going Under" is stormy and beautiful, "Sugarcoated" is the playfully arranged powerpop we have eagerly waited for......"-Aftenposten, Sept.19, 2006. Many compare the soul of Popium to the Beatles when they were in their fateful but incredibly creative last phase. In a recent interview Frank was asked what he thought God would say on his arrival, if there was a heaven and assuming he'd get there: "It's about time, Frank. Well done. I'm proud of you. John Lennon is sitting over there in the corner waiting". Popium will be playing gigs in support of the new album - check updated gig announcements at www.popium.no. All Popium videos are available on youtube.com.
Their previous release “Camp” (2004, Kong Tiki Records) has been described as "a solid work of quality pop songwriting"," a classic record full of summer atmosphere", "catchy melodies with delicate popsoul…a classic pop-production". Songs from previous Popium records have been used in film and television in both Korea and Japan, and songs from "Camp" have received airplay on Los Angeles alternative radio 103.1 FM.
Singer/songwriter Frank Hammersland has long been one of Norway’s most accomplished songwriters, drawing influence at an early age from the likes of Elvis Costello and T-Rex. Popium’s music shows traces of not only glamrock, but also classic sixties pop, eighties rock and lately a smidgeon of Motown – check out "Sooner or Later" from the album Camp.