Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Figurines was formed sometime in the mid 90s by the three childhood friends Christian Hjelm, Andreas Toft, and Claus S. Johansen. In 2001 they recorded the EP “The Detour” and shortly after that they were signed to Morningside Records. Later that year Kristian Volden (AKA Volle) joined the band, completing the ensemble that we see today.

In December 2002 the band started recording their debut album “Shake a Mountain”, which was released in April 2003 in Denmark and in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria in the spring of 2004. The album contained, among others, the song “Bright”, which was #1 on the Danish Alternative Chart for a couple of weeks in August 2003. That same year the band also had their debut on the Roskilde Festival.

Two years after the release of “Shake A Mountain”, Figurines released their second full-length album “Skeleton”. It was released April 11th 2005. The album was recorded in Tambourine Studios in Malmö and Destruction Studios in Aarhus. The song “The Wonder” was #1 on the Danish Alternative Chart for a couple of weeks in April 2005 and “Silver Ponds” has been on heavy rotation on Danish national radio. Skeleton was released in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria in June 2005 on German record label Pop-U-Loud. Both a 7" vinyl and the Skeleton album are released in Canada and the US in January and April 2006 respectively on American label The Control Group.

Figurines sounds really refreshing. All the fans of Modest Mouse and Clap Your Hands, and all those who like new releases from Islands and Sunset Rubdown, shall certainly enjoy the catchy tunes of Figurines. Recommended!

Figurines - The Wonder (Skeleton)
Figurines - Rivalry (Skeleton)
Figurines - Bright (Shake A Mountains)
Figurines - Debate Because It's Over (Shake A Mountain)
Figurines @ MySpace

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