Carpark North

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Carpark North
Carpark North.jpg
Background information
GenresElectronic rock, Alternative rock
Years active1999–present
LabelsCopenhagen, EMI Medley, Sony Music
MembersLau Højen
Søren Balsner
Morten Thorhauge

Carpark North is a Danish electronic rock band. The band was formed in Aarhus, Denmark on 28 July 1999 by Lau Højen (vocal, guitar), Søren Balsner (bass, synthesisers) and Morten Thorhauge (drums). The name "Carpark North" was created from the electro and rock genres: "Carpark" stands for car parks, edges, roughness, metal - the rock part, and "North" stands for northern lights, stars ethereal electronics.

In an interview with MTV, Lau Højen explained that the name was chosen, because when they started the band they misinterpreted the meaning of Carpark as Graveyard. They only discovered the error a few months later and decided not to change the name of the band.


The foundation for Carpark North was laid at Mellerup Efterskole, where Søren Balsner and Lau Højen met and formed a band. This band played in the national championship in rock in 1997.

Søren and Lau split up after Mellerup, and Lau started his education at high school - Aarhus Katedralskole. Here he joined a band - "Spacekraft" and met Morten Thorhauge a young drummer from Søften. After a couple of months Lau and Morten formed their own band, and contacted Søren.

The first notes by Carpark North were played on a hot summer day in July 1999 in the MGK-facilities in Aarhus, Denmark.

In January 2010, the band announced that they had been signed internationally by Sony Music.[1]

In 2016, the band made 'Unbreakable', the theme song for a TV series based on the LEGO company's Nexo Knights line.


  • Lau Højen - vocals, guitar
  • Søren Balsner - bass, synths, vocals
  • Morten Thorhauge - drums


Appearances in media[edit]

  • TV show Alias (2005) - with the song "Homeland" from Carpark North.
  • Video game FIFA 08 (2007) - with the song "Human" from All Things to All People.
  • Film Midsommer (2003) - Carpark North's debut Carpark North was chosen to be the official soundtrack for the film.
  • Film Nordkraft (2005)


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Carpark North
  • Released: 26 February 2003
  • Label: EMI
All Things to All People
  • Released: 25 April 2005
  • Label: EMI
Grateful 5
Phoenix 4
  • Released: 27 October 2017
  • Label: Copenhagen Records/Universal Music

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Best Days (Greatest & Live)
  • Released: 1 November 2010
  • Label: Copenhagen Records


  • Carstereo (2000) (demo)
  • 40 Days EP (2002)


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
DEN Singles Chart
P3 Tjeklisten
"There's a Place"[5] 2001 Non-album single
"40 Days" 2002 40 Days EP
"Transparent & Glasslike" 2003 24[+] 1 Carpark North
"Wild Wonders" 1
"Kiss Me" 5
"Human" 2005 9 1 All Things to All People
"Best Day" 2
"Fireworks" 8
"Song About Us" (Live in Copenhagen) Non-album single
"The Beasts" 2006 4 All Things to All People
"Shall We Be Grateful" 2008 5 2 Grateful
"More" 22 6
"Save Me From Myself" 2009 12 2
"Leave My Place" 17
"Lost (Peace)" 2010 Lost
"Just Human"
"Burn It" 27 Best Days (Greatest & Live)
"Leave My Place" (re-release) 2011 Lost
"Everything Starts Again" 34 Best Days (Greatest & Live)
"Army of Open Arms" 2013 25 Phoenix
"32" (feat. Stine Bramsen) 5
"You're My Fire" (feat. Nik & Jay) 2014 22
"Renegade" 38
"Unbreakable" 2016 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.
  • + - "Transparent & Glasslike" didn't chart on the Danish Singles Chart until in 2009.


  1. ^ Carpark North. Accessed 21 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b c - Discography - Carpark North Archived 25 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Album Top-40 Uge 44, 2017". Hitlisten. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  4. ^ | Carpark North | 1994-2010
  5. ^ "Carpark North: Biography". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 2013-06-09.

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