|DATE: FRIDAY 2. AUGUST 2019
||VENUE: Hovigs Hangar
There are few Norwegian rock bands that can be said to be as great a success as Dumdum Boys. Dumdum Boys has since the start in 1979, then under the name Wannskrækk, consistently released music full of pictures and stories that have slipped right into the Norwegian folk soul. With the surprising release of the eleventh Dumdum Boys album in October of 2018, the band has again resided as our most important band in Norwegian.
Dumdum Boys began as the punk band Wannskrækk in 1979, and when the vocalist was thrown out, Kjartan Kristiansen and Persi Iveland retrieved the companion Per Øyvind Houmb ("Prepple") to the vocalist job. After a few years as the Wannskrækk, the band changed its name to Dumdum Boys, inspired by a song by Iggy Pop and David Bowie, while Prepple switched out his thick dialect with plane Norwegian.
The success came already in 1988, with record Blodig Alvor, Na Na Na Na Na, with songs such as "Lunch i det grønne", "En vill en" and "Idyll". Already the following year, the album Splitter Pine was released, and the single with the same name became a landmark and the band's biggest hit. In the years that followed, the albums and music awards came as pearls on a string.
In the 2000s, however, it became longer between the releases, and the band had long breaks where it was speculated whether the audience had experienced this legendary rock band for the last time. Fortunately, it wasn't like that, and the band has traveled all over the country over the last few years. With the album Armer og Bein, as the first release in six years, the band has again shown what they are good for. Dagens Næringsliv writes about the album that it is "... more than enough. DumDum Boys comes out of their eleventh album adventure with a gray-lined dignity intact."
Dumdum Boys are visiting only a few festivals in 2019, and we are fortunate that we will be one of these. It is a long-awaited visit and we are looking forward to welcoming them to the Notodden Blues Festival 2019!