Shamblemaths are based in Trondheim, Norway. At the heart of the enterprise are Simen Å. Ellingsen (PhD, PhD) [guitars, saxophones, vocals] and Eirik M. Husum [bass]. Formed in their student days in 2004 under the moniker Fallen Fowl, a couple of demos and an EP were recorded before a hiatus ensued when Ellingsen moved to London to pursue postgraduate studies.
2016 sees Shamblemaths return with a vengeance with a new album, «Shamblemaths». The new sound is decidedly edgier and more demanding, citing such influences as Magma, Univers Zero and Egg, while retaining a strong melodic presence and quirky lyrics. The album draws on the talents of a number of guests, most prominently Eirik Øverland Dischler on keyboards and Jon Even Schärer on drums, both featured throughout.
Husum is known from such diverse ensembles as folk/jazz outfit Svermere, prog metallers Garden Of (with Schärer), and was formerly part of Trondheim World Music Ensemble and dixieland troupe Strindens Promenade Orchester.
Ellingsen holds two PhDs, one in quantum physics (the Casimir effect), one in political science (on terrorism with nuclear weapons), and is Associate Professor of fluid mechanics. While a curious piece of trivia, this is naturally quite irrelevant in the present context.
The collaboration that was to become Shamblemaths began as a side project to TiaC, a band which was active between 2002 and 2005. The track «Stalker» from the new album is originally a TiaC number, never previously recorded.
|New album released March 2016. Not for the faint of ear.|
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