Rover (band)

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Rover
Origin Asker, Norway
Genres Rock, pop, alternative
Years active 2003–present
Labels RVR Music, Indie Distribution
Website myspace.com/rovermusic
Members Troll
Jan Magnus Nymo
Johann Ruud
Bjørn Bommen
Andreas Nedrelid

Rover is a Norwegian rock band from Asker outside of Oslo. The band formed in 2003 by vocalist/guitarist Troll, lead guitarist Jan Magnus Nymo and pianist Johann Ruud; it expanded the following year to include drummer Bjorn Bommen and bassist Andreas Nedrelid. They have released 4 EP's and 1 studio album titled The Illumination.[1] The band was awarded Best Up and Coming artist in February 2010 by the biggest Norwegian music magazine Musikk Praksis.[2]

History[edit]

Lucid Dreams (2003-2005)[edit]

The band formed in 2003 and originally named Lucid Dreams recorded the 6-track EP Dark Rain Beautiful in the spring of 2004. The EP was released in December 2004, on the night of their first public concert. Soon after the release of Dark Rain Beautiful, the band was contacted by the Norwegian guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø, who offered the band a record deal with his label Studio Studio Music.

Rover (2005-present)[edit]

Rover recorded The Great Outdoors EP at Tekrø's Studio Studio in Toten in the summer of 2005, and released in May 2006. During the sessions at Studio Studio, Lucid Dreams was renamed Rover, and the EP was released under the new name.[3] After its release, Rover announced the end of its cooperation with Studio Studio, and began working with Norwegian producer Andreas Eide Larsen. The team travelled to Riga, Latvia where they recorded the foundation of what was to become their debut album,[4] which eventually took almost 3 years, and was released as a promotional limited release in an effort to attract other record labels.[5]

In May 2010, the band released their third EP Perfect Violation which included a re-recording of their trademark song "The Sound of Storms to Come" previously released on The Great Outdoors EP. In February 2011, Rover released their fourth EP I Am Man (A Call For Unity), and at the same time announcing April 4, 2011 as the release date for their debut album The Illumination.[1]

According to singer Troll's statement on the bands official Facebook page, Rover is currently working on the follow-up to The Illumination, set for release third quarter of 2013.[6]

Awards[edit]

In February 2010, Rover was given the MP-Award for "Best Up and Coming artist". The MP-Award is an effort by the Norwegian music magazine Musikk Praksis to shed light on new and exciting acts.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

In October 2010, the UFO documentary The Day Before Disclosure was released for free online streaming by Norwegian film company New Paradigm Films. The film company is partly owned by Troll, and he is credited as art director, animator, co-writer, co-director and co-editor of the film.[7]

The documentary features musical themes taken from the album The Illumination, and Nymo is credited as musical director and sound designer. The song "Realign", taken from The Illumination is played during the end credits of the film, and was made available for free download through the band's MySpace page.[8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
NOR
BEL
(Wa)

FR
[9]
NED
2009 The Illumination (promotional - limited release)  –  –  –  –

EPs[edit]

as Lucid Dreams
  • 2004: Dark Rain Beautiful
As Rover
  • 2006: The Great Outdoors EP
  • 2010: Perfect Violation
  • 2011: I Am Man (A Call For Unity)

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Illumination coming April 4th". Rover Myspace team. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Rover vinner MP PRISEN!". MusikkPraksis. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  3. ^ "Rover - The Great Outdoors EP". that's punk.com. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  4. ^ "-Skal bli det største norske siden A-ha". AskerAvisen. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  5. ^ "Rover - The Illumination". beattheblizzard.com. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  6. ^ "On A New Year's Eve (2012)". Truls Toftenes. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  7. ^ "The Day Before Disclosure End Credits". New Paradigm Films. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  8. ^ "Realign - Free MP3 Download". Rover Myspace team. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  9. ^ "Tal discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 April 2012.