Led by Frode Strømstad (vocals, guitar) and Anne Lise Frøkedal (vocals, guitar) and featuring bandmates Ole Reidar Gudmestad and Arne K Mathisen the members of Norwegian guitar pop act I Was A King formed the band in Egersund, Norway a picturesque town located on the country’s windswept, Southwestern coast. The band’s forthcoming, Norman Blake-produced album Slow Century is slated for a March 8, 2018 release through Coastal Town Recordings, and the album, which was written, recorded and pressed to vinyl in their hometown thematically illustrates the tension between the lust for new adventures and the comfort of everyday, mundane, small-town life.
“Bubble,” Slow Century‘s easygoing, first single is centered around Strømstad’s and Frøkedal’s gorgeous and effortless harmonizing, jangling guitar chords and a soaring hook. Sonically, the nostalgic-leaning track manages to bring both 70s AM rock and 90s alt rock immediately to mind but as the band’s Anne Lise Frøkedal says of the song, “Sometimes old friends can know you annoyingly well – to the point where they’re able to predict when you are about to mess it all up. The best ones will stand by you right through the shitstorm. ‘Bubble’ describes friendship in times of trouble; in times where we are not being the best versions of ourselves.”