Kings of Convenience

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Kings of Convenience
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Kings of Convenience, live in 2005
Background information
OriginBergen, Norway
GenresIndie pop, indie folk[1]
Years active1999–present
LabelsEMI, Astralwerks, Kindercore
Associated actsThe Whitest Boy Alive
MembersErlend Øye
Eirik Glambek Bøe

Kings of Convenience is an indie folk-pop duo from Bergen, Norway. Consisting of Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe.


Øye and Bøe were both born in 1975 (Øye on November 21 and Bøe on October 25) and have known each other since they met in the same class at school. Their first musical collaboration was a comedic rap about a teacher.[2] At sixteen, they played together in the band Skog ("forest") with two other friends, releasing one EP, Tom Tids Tale, before breaking up and later forming the Kings duo.

The duo was signed to the American label Kindercore after appearing in European festivals during the summer of 1999. After a spell living in London in 2001, they released their debut album Quiet Is the New Loud. The album was produced by Coldplay producer Ken Nelson. The album was very successful and even lent its name to a small movement of musicians in the pop underground (including acoustic contemporaries such as Turin Brakes) which took Elliott Smith, Belle & Sebastian and Simon & Garfunkel as their inspiration and focused on more subtle melodies and messages.

Versus, an album of remixes of tracks from Quiet Is the New Loud, came out shortly after. After this breakthrough year, not much was heard from the band. Øye spent the next few years living in Berlin and doing solo material, releasing music under the DJ Kicks series as well as a solo album titled Unrest. He also had a side project named The Whitest Boy Alive.

Kings of Convenience live in Bangkok, 2010

It was not until 2004 that the Kings' follow-up Riot on an Empty Street was released. The video made for "I'd Rather Dance With You," the second single from the album, topped MTV's European list as the best music video of 2004. The album also featured contributions by Feist.

In January 2008 the band played concerts in the Northern Norwegian cities of Tromsø, Svolvær and Bodø, and Swedish city Umeå along with a concert in August in Stockholm. The band then toured North America, Latin America and Europe, including stops in Boston, New York, Toronto, Detroit; Latin American stops in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Brazil and Chile, where they performed in Santiago with local musician Javiera Mena, who later opened for them in Spain and Portugal.[3] European stops include Italy, Switzerland and Spain. On some of their American tour stops they appeared with the band Franklin for Short who joined them on stage for a few rousing numbers.

Their third album, called Declaration of Dependence, was released on October 20, 2009.

In June 2012, the band performed at the Primavera Sound festivals in both Barcelona and Porto.

In 2017, Eirik released an album entitled 'Analog Dance Music' with his new band Kommode.

In March 2019, Kings of Convenience provided an update regarding their upcoming (fourth) album, stating that "the songs were written and even performed live, but when we tried to record it during 2016/2017 for a mixture of reasons the results just weren’t good enough[, and] by that time I (Erlend) didn’t have anymore energy to pour into it[, ... so] 2018 was a charging battery year, and now we are planning to try again".[4]



Year Album Peak Chart Positions
2001 Quiet Is the New Loud 1 72 103
Versus 30 135
2004 Riot on an Empty Street
  • Second studio album
  • Released: June 21, 2004
2 49 3 80 53 41
2009 Declaration of Dependence
  • Third studio album
  • Released: October 20, 2009
8 69 10 71 53 112 3


  • Magic in the Air (Limited 3-track CD; includes cover of a-ha's "Manhattan Skyline") (2001)
  • Playing Live in a Room (5-track CD) – Virgin – (2000)
  • Kings of Convenience's Live Acoustic Sessions - Milan 2009 (4 track EP) (2010)


Year Single Charts Album
1999 "Brave New World"
"Failure" Quiet is the New Loud
"Toxic Girl"
2001 "Failure" (re-release) 63
"Toxic Girl" (re-release) 44
"Winning a Battle, Losing the War" 78
2004 "Misread" 83 Riot on an Empty Street
"I'd Rather Dance with You" 60
2005 "Know How" (feat. Feist) 86
2009 "Mrs. Cold" Declaration of Dependence
"Boat Behind"


  • Cornelius – "Drop (The Tusen Takk Rework)" (2002) and "Omstart" (2006)
  • Feist – "Know-How" and "The Build Up" (Riot on an Empty Street) and in "Cayman Islands" from the "Know-How" single (2004)
  • Biz Markie - "Clowns and Kings" Split Tour EP (2004)


  1. ^ Shanley, Kirstie. "Kings of Convenience: 10 June 2010 - Chicago". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Art by Ron English, 2012 Live at KCRW on Morning Becomes Eclectic 05.18.05". Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Cantautor noruego Erlend Øye vuelve a Chile para actuar con Javiera Mena El Mercurio online, December 15, 2009, retrieved January 31, 2014
  4. ^ "A lot of people are wondering about the new Kings of Convenience album". Facebook. 2019-03-03. Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  5. ^ a b "Discography – Norway (Kings of Convenience in Norwegian Charts)". Retrieved March 21, 2009.
  6. ^ "UK Chart Positions and Trajectories". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
  7. ^ "Kings of Convenience Album Chart Positions – Italy". Retrieved March 21, 2009.
  8. ^ "Discographie Kings of Convenience (Kings of Convenience dans les charts francais)". Retrieved March 21, 2009.
  9. ^ "Swedish Charts".
  10. ^ "Kings of Convenience Chart History (The Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  11. ^ "Kings of Convenience Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  12. ^ "Kings of Convenience Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2010.

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