Kings of Convenience Biography
When their debut album Quiet Is The New Loud was released in early 2001, little did anyone know that two Norwegian balladeers - Eirik Glambek Boe and Erlend Oye - armed with only two soft voices and acoustic guitars would become critical darlings and find their music beings used in a national TV ad campaign. Due mainly to their originality, personalities and most importantly of all - talent, Kings Of Convenience have cemented their place in alternative music circles everywhere, with a best-selling debut album that flew in the face of convention and then a subsequent remix package Versus that saw the band winning the favors of the dance music underground.
They were also the leaders of Norway's musical revival, which had sat in the doldrums post A-ha for a number of years, opening the door for other Norwegian artists such as Royksopp (whose multi-platinum debut album Melody AM featured the voice of Erlend on "Poor Leno" and "Remind Me"), Ralph Myerz + Jack Herren Band, Magnet and Sondre Lerche.
Now Kings Of Convenience return with 12 new intimate songs on their second album Riot On An Empty Street, which picks up where Quiet Is The New Loud left off. Recorded over the last six months in Norway, the new album contains more complex arrangements this time around with the acoustic sound still very much the leading edge, and augmented by banjo (Eirik), self-taught trumpet (Erlend), bass, drums and other instrumentation in carefully selected places.