Thrash Hits Verdict:
We saw Norwegian experimental metallers, 22 in a packed out Camden Barfly. Everyone was there to see them and for good reason. The dark quartet’s interesting proggy, gothy style is difficult to categorise but while they come across as a heavier Mars Volta, there’s a strong pop element to their music. We had a chat with guitarist, Magnus Børmark about 22…
Describe your sound in 3 words
New, Energy, Music.
How did you meet?
We met as a result of a shared interest in creating something new and unique, where we would push ourselves to the edge of what we could play and do.
What made you want to start a band?
Again, a desire to create. And a desire to co-create with others. As a band you have all these amazing moments where the music you play as a whole, becomes more than just the mere sum of what is played by the individual performer.
Where did the name come from?
It came from me having intense synchronistic experiences with the number all throughout my life. I’ve seen the number everywhere, and have felt strong energetic surges, and have gained insights by going deep into that number.
What are your musical influences?
Any kind of music that has some authenticity and vision to it. Music that sparks. Everything from Kate Bush to Meshuggah, The Blood Brothers to Jean Michel Jarre, you know, the list goes on.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
It’s the fact that the four of us can play in a room, not say anything, and still have experienced deep communication.
With which band would your dream tour be?
Hah, well I would love to support Kate Bush’s Tour Of Life II.
Watch 22 perform ”Kneel Estate’ with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra:
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
It’s obvious to mention bands like The Mars Volta, Meshuggah, Muse and so on, but there are bands like i.e. Arcane Roots, that really tap into the same creative “pool” as we do.
You’ve had remixes by two great British bands – Rolo Tomassi and Dananananaykroyd. How did that come about?
Our label Best Before Records are affiliated with them, so we worked it out through them. It was an honour to be remixed by them truly.
What’s the funniest show you’ve played?
One time, we played a gig in a rural part of Norway, and there were three people there, and one of them just stood in front of our singer, clenching his teeth and fists ready to strike. We skipped the last songs and got the hell out of there.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Tell us a joke.
So this dyslexic walks into a bra.
22 will release Plastik EP via Best Before Records on 04 July 2011 and then an album called Flux in autumn 2011. Expect to see them running rampage on a stage near you very soon because “LIVE is what it’s all about.” Magnus’ words, not mine.