In less than a month’s time WIZRD are set to release their debut full-length album “Seasons” on Karisma Records, and, as a taste of things to come, the label has released a new single from the Norwegian Rockers.
What is particularly interesting about the chosen track “Fire & Water” is that it is one that marks the very beginning of WIZRD’s existence and therefore fans have the opportunity to trace the band’s progression in terms of writing and concept, from the ground up. It is also a track on which WIZRD were lucky enough to attract WHITE DENIM’s JAMES PETRALLI to perform guest vocals.
As WIZRD’s Hallvard Gaardløs explains:
“Fire & Water” was one of the very first songs we wrote together as a group, even before the band was called WIZRD. I think this one and the track “All Is As It Should Be” dates all the way back to 2015! I have been a huge White Denim fan ever since I saw them at Hove Festivalen in 2008, so to have James Petralli sing this song was a big deal for me. I was nervous as hell when I called him on Zoom, but he turned out to be a great guy, and his performance is simply incredible. I hope you enjoy listening to “Fire & Water” as much as we enjoyed making it!
The single, “Fire & Water”, can be streamed or downloaded from a number of services at https://link.karismarecords.no/Wizrd_FireAndWater
Consisting of Hallvard Gaardløs (SPIDERGAWD, DRAKEN and more) on bass and lead vocals, Karl Bjorå (MEGALODON COLLECTIVE and more) on guitar and vocals, Vegard Lien Bjerkan (SOFT FFOG and more) on keyboards and vocals and Axel Skalstad (KROKOFANT, SOFT FFOG and more) on drums, WIZRD’s lineup met when they were all students at the prestigious Jazz Conservatory in Trondheim.
By combining their respective musical interests and the skills they learned at the Conservatory, WIZRD have, with “Seasons”, created a debut album that mixes progressive and improvisational elements, with Rock and Pop overtones. In fact, “Seasons” makes it very clear that the band is happy to test their limits and break a few rules in order to fill the album with beautiful vocal harmonies, stunning melodies, quirky jazz grooves driven by a sense of rock’n’roll that is to die for.
“Seasons” is produced by Norwegian film score composer and JAGA JAZZIST drummer Martin Horntveth, and was recorded at the Studio Paradiso in Oslo by Marcus Forsgren (BROR FORSGREN, JAGA JAZZIST) with vocals recorded at All Ape by Martin Horntveth. It was mixed by Bergen-based musician and producer Matias Tellez (YOUNG DREAMS, GIRL IN RED) at Blanca Records & Studio.
With artwork by Steph Hope, tracklisting on “Seasons” is as follows:
2. Free Will
4. All is as it should be
5. Show Me What You Got
6. Fire & Water
8. When You Call
“Seasons” will be available in CD, Digital and a Limited Edition LP in transparent magenta vinyl formats, and can now be pre-ordered from: