“We play music” is how ARABS IN ASAPIC somewhat modestly describe themselves on their Facebook page. But delve deeper and you will find that the music produced by the lineup of Jostein Smeby on Guitars + vocals, Stig Jørgensen on Organs + vocals, Erik Paulsen on Bass + vocals, Eskil Nyhus on Drums + cymbals and Alessandro G. Elide on Percussion + gongs, includes aspects of classic rock, funk, pop, prog, heavy rock, bossanova, a capella.
Intrigued? Karisma Records certainly were, because the Norwegian label is set to release the band’s seventh full-length album this spring.
Hailing from Trondheim, Norway, ARABS IN ASPIC have their roots firmly planted in the Golden Era of rock, as exemplified by their sound, which is a sweet mixture of loud, heavy guitars and drums, 12 string acoustics, funky bass and percussion, screaming Hammond organs, soft Rhodes, Mellotrons and 70’s Synths, topped with plentiful vocal harmonies.
Commenting on their teaming up with Karisma Records, the band had this to say:
We are happy to announce that we have taken a step up and signed with Karisma Records for the release of our next album! Joining this team of dedicated and professional music lovers will enable us to focus solely on making and playing music — hopefully allowing us to do more live shows and releases in the future. We are proud to be included alongside bands like Ruphus, Wobbler, Jordsjø and Airbag, and look forward to presenting our music together with these great bands and the fantastic crew at Karisma.
A video of Arabs in Aspic live can be seen below.