Norwegian post-punk trio Duvel released their debut album ‘Attempts at speech’ on May 25th via Fysisk Format. Originating from the basement of the autonomous youth community house Blitz in Oslo, the trio comprised of Zacharias Flaathe on bass, Brage Lindebrekke on drums and Jack Holldorff on guitar and vocals plays a minimalist post-punk band with an energetic and raw sound.
The ‘Attempts At Speech’ album was recorded at Blitz studio and engineered/produced by Bjørn Larsen. Recorded in two hectic days, Duvel sound different to most bands these days as the album revels in a raw, unpolished and dark sound. In Duvel, Fysisk Format hears ‘a brave band that dares to keep rock raw’.
Both Brage and Jack grew up at Nesodden, Zacharias in Ås, both rural areas outside of Oslo and this shows in the music; There is enough space to explore all thoughts and feelings without experiencing any external interruptions, which in turn, does indeed apply to the songs, as they resonate the urban loneliness so many of us easily can relate to.
Winter Dreams 2:48
Going Home 2:55
Skin Deep 2:46
Sacred Place 4:21
Plastic Bags And Seagulls 3:20
Jack Holldorff opens up about the lyrics on the album:
“I would think the reason why some people are afraid of the dark, is that when the lights are out, you lose control. You have no clue about what is happening around you, so your brain tells you that you have to be prepared for anything to happen. Anything, and everything, is possible. Being around other people is a bit like that. You’ll never know what someone else thinks. What are their urges? What do they feel about the people they surround themselves with? You can’t possibly tell. Instead, you just have to accept the fact that anything is possible, which is a scary thought indeed. There you are; the theme for a lot of the lyrics on the record.”
Holldorff shares his thoughts on the title for the album:
“’Attempts at speech’ is no random title. We haven’t been a band for much more than a year, thus this is our first album. In a way, this is the first time we have gotten a chance to really share a piece of ourselves with the rest of the world. Quite like a child’s first attempts at speech.”