Spurv is an instrumental postrock/metal band from Oslo, Norway. Today, the lineup includes Gustav Jørgen Pedersen (guitar, main composer), Herman Otterlei (guitar), Hans-Jakob Jeremiassen (bass), Simon Ljung (drums), Eirik Ørevik Aadland (guitar) and Simen Eifring (trombone). The band saw the light of day in the beginning of 2011through a shared will to explore new musical terrains by the three friends Gustav, Herman and Hans-Jakob. Initially intended to be a platform for creating instrumental music in addition to other band projects, Spurv soon became the main focus of the three, who after a few months released the first demo Med enormt håp, complete with handmade cardboard covers.
Since their first live appearance at Rakels grotte (18.11.11), Spurv has earned their reputation for being an intense and emotional live act. Being particularly fond of underground scenes, the band performed a series of concerts in living rooms, art galleries and in Torpedo bookshop - including a legendary gig in their own flat.
In 2012, the band recorded and released their four-track EP Blader som faller til jorden og blir til nye trær, which was distributed by Diger, and later released on 12”vinyl by Doognad Records. Except from the drums, which were recorded with the aid of Sjur Lyseid, the EP was recorded in Hocus Focus studio by the band andErik Ringdal. Mix and master by Lyseid. The EP was very well received, and got an astounding 96/100 on postrockstar.com:
“The level of craftsmanship in Spurv‘s music is simply off the charts and the way the band is able to draw the listener in with their deep thought provoking and emotional music is something that we rarely see from young bands, let alone on debut releases. I have big expectations for these Norway Post-rockers in the future. This is a must listen to EP of 2012.”
Over the years, the band has had a changing line-up, but in 2013 Simon Ljung (drums) joined as a the fourth cornerstone of the band, contributing with an aggressive, yet detailed style of playing. After appearances at the Fjellpark Festival and the Øya Festival’s club program (John Dee), in addition to venues in Oslo, Trondheim andPorsgrunn, the band started working on their first full-length album, Skarntyde.
This time, drums were recorded by Rolf-Arne Strandjord, while the rest of the recording process was done by the band themselves in their rehearsal space. The album was mixed by Strandjord, mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult ofLuna) and released by No Forevers records, 11.05.15. Artwork by Linda K. Røed.
"Spurv has without doubt made one the year's best post-rock albums" - (5/6) Panorama.no
“Post-rock of high international standards.” (5/6) GAFFA Norge “This is indeed a landmark in the cultural landscape of 2015 and a band to follow closely in the years to come.” - (8,5/10) Arctic Drones
“Mellom broen og elven is definitely one of the absolute best Norwegian songs this year.” (8/10) – Musikknyheter.no
“A massive work of art. Simply music of the elite!” – Universitas
“People, this is art. No fillers, just killers on here. A masterpiece!” – Post-Rock Essentials
After a sold out release concert at Internasjonalen in Oslo, the album brought the band to Vivid: A post rock festival, live appearance on national radio (P3 Ruben), shows all over Norway and Sweden, and in 2016, to DarkBombastic Evening in Transylvania, Romania. The show at DBE was cancelled midway due to heavy rain and hale, but the band later went on stage and performed a final song for the enthusiastic crowd.
Since 2016, the line-up of the band also includes Eirik Ørevik Aadland(guitar) and Simen Eifring (trombone), adding new energy and enthusiasm to the band. In 2017, while writing and recording their second album, Myra, the band performed at the renowned Dunk! Festival in Belgium and returned once again toDark Bombastic Evening in Romania in order to perform a full set.
In the first months of 2017, Spurv entered Malabar studio in Oslo and recorded their entire second full length album, Myra, there. The album was engineered by Martin Bowitz in collaboration with Emil Nikolaisen, mixed by Bowitz and Jørgen Smådal Larsen, and mastered by Magnus Lindberg. It includes musical contributions by Ole-Henrik Moe (picoletto, violin, viola, cello), KariRønnekleiv (violin), Cathy Donnelly (cello), Tore Ylvisaker (synth) and OleAleksander Halstensgård (fx and synth). The album cover is adorned by the paintings ”Monarch” and ”Sighting” by Christer Karlstad. Graphic design byGaute Terjesson.
In the beginning of 2018, the band signed with Fysisk Format who released Myra on 12” vinyl and cd 01.06.18.
“Grandiose, beautiful and absolutely amazing” – Musikknyheter.no (10/10)
“Raising the bar in post-rock this year” – Pretty in noise (10/10)
“Myra sounds like a classic. It’s the post-rock album to beat in 2018” –A closer listen
“Hats off for Spurv. Myra is an incredibly good post-rock album” – Gaffa.no (5/6)
“Postrock with atmosphere, finesse and emotional depth” – Dagbladet
“For lovers of instrumental music it is an obligatory listening” – Grind on the road (8/10)
“Technically brilliant and sophisticated” – Gezeitenstrom
“The gradual build in texture and harmonic progression provides some powerful moments” – ItDjents (8/10)
“This kind of post rock can only be made in Norway” – Merchants of air
“It is nothing short of breathtaking” – I talk to planets (93/100)
“They seem to have their own take on this kind of sound, a sort of energy that’s hard to quantify and replicate” – Heavy blog is heavy
“This is the best post rock record so far in 2018” – Deep Beneath
“From start to finish this is an amazingly beautiful album” – The Independent Voice Ezine (5/5)
“Rarely staying in one place, constantly searching out another peak” – Freq
“Instrumental post-rock at the highest level” – metal1.info (9,5/10) “Spurv is Norway’s best post-rock band” –metal-norge.com (8/10) “The unique and complex compositions keep on going, even after the music has long stopped playing.” – Rock Tribune (8/10)
Spurv wishes to thank everyone who has, for a shorter or longer period, been a part of the band: Jostein Lien (drums), Julian Ofsdal Berg (bass), Gaute Kjølner Andersen (guitar), Axel Rudi (guitar), Inger Hannisdal (violin), Ragnhild Tronsmo Haugland (cello), Martin Skar (drums),Gaute Johan Johansen (drums), Niklas Bystrøm Larsen (guitar), Karl KristianStøtvig (guitar), Synnøve Knutsen (violin) and Cathy Donnelly (cello).