Wednesday 26 January 2022

Introduce Yourselves: Polyfrenetics

What is the name of your band?


What is the genre of music that you play?

Rock hard, psychedelic, proto, prog, punk.

Can you give a brief history of the band of how it came together and where it is today?

POLYFRENETICS was formed in Oslo late 2007 by Are Linnerud (git.) and Per Erik Sæter (bass/voc.), a.k.a: the toxic twins. The two had been in several bands together on and off since the mid-nineties, but never quite found their space, place or peers in other bands. The reason for this was probably because of the damage inflicted by playing in various prog rock bands in their youth, general hostility to society, various substance abuse and childhood trauma, and it was not until they started to make their own psychedelic brew of brutal progressive rock with their punk infested hearts that things started to happen.

They recruited drummer Sven Martin Jørgensen (Dr. Jorgensen) and guitarist Nicholas Chung (Mr. Chung) along the way, did some gigs and recordings, but it all came to a sudden halt in 2015 when Dr. Jorgensen decided to quit the band and follow his lifelong dream chasing salmon in Patagonia.

Luckily for the band, plenty of their «so called friends» were washed up solo guitarists and wannabe singer songwriters. In a desperate need of a steady income, to be able to provide for the consequences of his massive reproduction needs, longtime friend and guitarist Anders Nannestad (mANdrax) persuaded the band that he could fill in on drums while they finished the first leg of the «High Gain, Low Expectations Tour». Since this was back in 2016, and mANdrax is still in the band, it states the fact that the best mediocre guitarists truly are the ultimate drummers.

Fast forward to 2019. The band is on a roll, writing songs, playing gigs and frequently recording tracks, when Mr. Chung decides to call it quits. He has had it with the bands never ending shenanigans and mischief and is now determined to devote the rest of his grown life to restore eighties video-games back into their original state from their golden age.

With hours of unfinished recordings the band regrouped in the studio to figure out what to do next. While smoking out what tracks that could and could not be finished within reasonable time, tracking unfinished parts and so on, it became obvious that the band needed another guitarist.

In the nineties, while trying to play prog rock from the era 1967 - 1974, the toxic twins played with another brilliant axe swinger named Simen Bing Stafseng (Bingo). By the time the prog band they all played in imploded in its own smegma of singing drummers, headset microphones, fiddles, flutes, saxophone, cello and whatnot, Bingo had lost interest in the glamour and glitz of the music business. After a tour of Germany, with another band, Bingo was instead in pursuit of a more lucrative career in filming movies, commercials and other flixs of dubious character. This was of course in a failed attempt to fill the void that only old Marshall amps, vintage fuzz pedals and seventies Japanese guitars can do, and so it came to be that Bingo ended up playing with the same two boneheads he’d played with twenty-something years earlier, and a third guitarist who now must play drums so that he can feed his numerous children.

Life is strange indeed, but not funny.

Due to a total of ten kids, midlife crisis, lineup changes, personal havoc, internal psychic warfare and «life as we don’t want know it» POLYFRENETICS debut EP has not been avalible for the unknowing masses of naysayers. That is until now! The rock hard, psychedelic, punk infested, progressive heaviness that is POLYFRENETICS is released on vinyl through Argonauta Records and on cassette by Evil Noise Recordings summer 2021.

What can people expect from your music?

The unexpected fierce blend of rock hard, psychedelic, punk infested, progressive heaviness!

What is the latest release that folks should check out from your band?

Our debut EP is out now on all streaming platforms,

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Where can people find you on Social Media?

What can people expect in the future?

Polyfrenetics are currently recording new material.