Courtesy of the CMJ (College Music Journal) newsfeed today, we learned one of our current favorite Norweigan pop groups, Casiokids, will be hitting the States for a tour this summer, including a stop at Minneapolis’ 7th Street Entry (8/24) and Schubas in Chicago (8/25), with more dates TBA. The band’s Polyvinyl release and US debut Topp Stemning Pa Lokal Bar has been getting lots of spins over the airwaves of WMSE, and even though we aren’t fluent in the Norweigan language, it can’t be denied that as far as pop music goes, their new tunes are pretty darn catchy, albeit incomprehensible, lyrically for the average straight-up English speaker. Check out the above video for “Finn Bikkjen!” (which translates to “Find the Dog!” — we know that much.), directed by Greg Taylor.
Formed in 2005, Casiokids began creating their keyboard-driven electro pop and attracting an instant fanbase in their homeland, playing shows to children, teenagers and adults, alike. Upon their first release in the UK (2008 — the first Norweigan language pop single release in the UK), the band begun to gain ground outside of their native Norway, and supported Of Montreal on an extensive European tour, as well as appearing at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Pitchfork grants of their recent release, “young bands seldom get to incubate anymore and Casiokids used their prep time wisely, piecing together a proper album instead of rushing to pad out a few inspired tracks with filler. The record has a unified vibe and a strong sense of balance.”