In 2015, Seigmen will release a new album entitled “Enola”. They released seven albums in six years, but it took 18 long years before the band decided to create a new studio-album after “Radiowaves” (1997). Seigmen defined the sound of Norwegian rock for a great many back home during the 90s, and started to make an impact on the continent at the end of their initial run. However, Seigmen disappeared off the radar as fast as they showed up, after dominating the domestic charts with their unique mixture of melancholic rock and tasteful pop.
“It is one for all – and all for one. Like the musketeers”, says bassist and songwriter Kim Ljung. “This is what counts for Seigmen. There are five of us and it is us against the world”. It was this attitude that resulted in the dissolvement of the band in 1999; not long after their album titled “Radiowaves” debuted at the top of the national sales charts. Guitarist Sverre did not want to go on, and this meant the end of the road for the rest of the band.
“The new album cover reflects this bond, we call it the star. The vital peptalk we allways have moments before entering the stage.” Kim speaks of “Enola”, the bands unexpected, unlikely and long-awaited studio-release nr.8. Seigmen have been playing a few shows since the first reunion in 2005. In 2012, new songs suddenly appeared in their set celebrating the Slottsfjell Festival´s 10 years anniversary. Speculation over a new album immediately ensued among the bands ever expanding fan-base.
“The fans has been the driving force for us all along”, Kim says. “They were the ones that wanted us back. They were the ones that filled the tent during our first reunion in Dødens dal 2005. They wanted more, and that´s what they got. The adventurous tour of 2006, the magical evenings in the opera in 2008 as the first rock-band ever to play there. The moments at Slottsfjell and all the other magnificent festivals in the recent years. Despite all of this, we have never felt forced to create any new material. It came naturally and it is our payback to the fans that means everything to us.”
In late 2012, new songs started to take shape in the rehearsal studio and it became clear that Seigmen, against all odds, were ready for the studio once again. “It was never our intention to create a full album. It all started with a doom-like riff that Sverre originally created for “Total”, which was never used. It later evolved into the verse of Trøst, and from there it all came pouring out of me. Soon we had demos for a bunch of new songs”, says Kim. “At the first rehearsal everything felt right. Marius and Sverre were extremely motivated and they played symbiotically as they always have. It sounded like Seigmen instantly.”
The album were recorded in two intervals at Athletic Sound Studio, the first stint in the autumn of 2012 and the second one in June 2014. The remaining overdubs and the mixing were done in Room 13 back in Tønsberg with Alex Møklebust as technician. Kim insists that Athletic was the obvious place to go to make a new album..
“We wanted back to Halden where it all started. Athletic is where we recorded our first releases. It is where “Mesusah”, “Hjernen Er Alene” and all of “Pluto” came to life. We wanted to make a classic Seigmen album, straight into an analog tape machine. Preserve that which is genuine, relish the moments in the studio. Make all decisions on the spot.” It all resulted in a collection of 10 songs entitled «Enola». Regarding the album title Kim has this to say; “To me, Enola has multiple meanings. It mirrors my fascination for the Second World War in which the plane “Enola Gay” dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. If you read Enola backwards, you will get Alone. One of my greatest musical influences is Brian Eno. My favourite city is L.A. My son’s name is Neo. The one.”
18 years have passed since the last Seigmen album were released, and 20 years since the massive success of “Metropolis”. It has been a long time indeed. Curiously enough, it does not sound like that. “Enola” could just as well have been a lost album that never saw the light of day in the wake of “Metropolis”. It´s like time itself took a break.
When faced with questions about the future of Seigmen, Kim is all the more cryptic; “All of our fans has a relationship to the Seigmen symbol, known as “dyret” (the animal/the beast). This is no coincidence. When we do something together, it always ends up with something powerful, something we cannot really control. The beast within us that´s unleashed only when we are the five of us together. Right now, the animal has awoken from its slumber and is stirring once again.”
Kim Ljung (bass, vocals) | Alex Møklebust (vocals) | Noralf Ronthi (drums) Marius Roth (guitar, vocals) | Sverre Økshoff (guitar)
1989: Klisne Seigmenn forms in Tønsberg, Norway. Plays their first gig at the local “Julerocken” on the 26th of December.
1990: Marius Joins on Guitar. The demo cassette “Det finnes alltid en utvei” is made.
1991: First gig in Oslo (Elm Street), name change to Seigmen. Recording of “Pluto”.
1992: Release of “Pluto” in april. Mesusah is featured on a CD included with the magazine Rock Furore later that same year.
1993: Signs with Sony music. Release of “Ameneon”. Touring all over Norway.
1994: Release of the “Hjernen er Alene” EP, it sells way beyond any expectations. Recording of “Total” with producer Sylvia Massy, release in October same year. Total receives great critical acclaim and is featured on most Norwegian “Best of 1994” lists.
1995: Plays first gig at Roskilde festival . Release of “Metropolis”, again produced by Sylvia Massy. The album reaches no. 1 on the Norwegian sales charts. Both the album and the single by the same name goes platinum.
1996: Extensive touring
1997: The release of “Radiowaves” that marks a turn towards a more synth-oriented sound, and to English lyrics. Radiowaves reaches no. 1 one on the sales charts.
1998: Two major European tours as support for The Gathering and Paradise Lost. Preparations for a new album starts.
1999.: Sverre announces that he wants to quit. Shortly after, the rest of the band decides to call it a day, the band ends when one member leaves. Release of the compilation “Monument”. It all culminates with a farewell tour of Norway that ends in May with two sold out gigs at Rockefeller in Oslo. Alex, Kim and Noralf goes on to form Zeromancer.
2004: All five members meet for the first time since the break at a birthday party. Over five years have passed by.
2005: All five members decide to accept an offer to play a Reunion gig in Dødens dal (Vally of death) in Trondheim. The gig sells out it´s 5500 capacity.
2006: A limited number of club and festival gigs follow in the wake of the reunion. Release of the DVD “Fra X til Døden” that features the Dødens dal gig, as well as an extensive documentary. Release of the live album “Rockefeller”.
2008: The band accepts an invitation to play the brand new Opera house in Oslo as the first ever rock band. The two gigs take place in June and is documented on video.
2009: Short gig in Halden to mark the 25th anniversary for Athletic Sound Studio.
2012: Seigmen reunites once more to mark the 10th anniversary of the Slottsfjell Festival (Located in Tønsberg). New songs featured in the set for the first time since the late nineties. Some additional festivals played the same summer. A recording session takes place at Athletic Sound studio in the fall. Release of the DVD “Seigmen i Operaen”.
2013: Invitation to play when the Norwegian crown Prince Håkon turns 40, as part of a festival line-up.
2014: Second recording session at Athletic Sound Studio. Some festival gigs, three gigs in Tønsberg in November to mark the 20th anniversary of “Total”. Announcement of a new album release in 2015.
2015: Release of a Photo biography of Seigmen in March by Bjørn Opsahl, Arvid Skancke-Knutsen and Harald Rosenløw Eeg. Release of the new studio album “Enola” on the 13th of April.