Today, Edged Circle Productions is proud to present the signing of Lydia Laska. The first fruit of this union shall be the band’s highly anticipated second album, which is currently being recorded with producer Emil Nikolaisen (Årabrot, Todd Rundgren, Serena-Maneesh) and is slated for an autumn release.
Lydia Laska hail from Stavanger and Oslo, Norway. Forming in 2002, its members come from a diverse musical background, including (but certainly not limited to) the early black metal scene as well as prog/krautrock, punk, and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. The band’s recorded debut came in 2006 with the White Trash Attack EP, and was followed by two more EPs – We’re Nothing Compared to Ourselves (2007) and Could I Have a Go On Your Girl, Please? (2009) – but it wasn’t until their debut album in 2010, Krankenhaus, where the Lydia Laska aesthetic truly took flight. A devilishly dark, boldly bewildering, but above all perversely catchy sound emerged, drawing in such disparate influences as the Velvet Underground, Faust, David Bowie, Royal Trux, The Stooges, and old-school black metal. Not long after its release, Krankenhaus went on to be critically acclaimed and served as an admitted prime influence for fellow hybrid-benders Kvelertak. Continuing that momentum, Lydia Laska soon became notorious for their chaotic live shows – to the point where they actually had to stop playing gigs since they were generally banned from most venues.
With the stage thus set, anticipation is high for Lydia Laska’s as-yet-unnamed second album. With the sonic influences even more varied and life being that much rougher since the release of Krankenhaus, this second Lydia Laska album looks set to be an even-more-kaleidoscopic stroll through the gutter. Both brasher and smoother, rougher and more come-hither, swaggering and silky, this is a truly unique sound that can take over both radio and squats alike. Are you prepared for Lydia Laska?