Eirik Evjetun Nedregård - Vocals Kristian Nygård Solhaug - Guitar and backing vocals Christopher Olsen - Bass and backing vocals Øystein Støver: - Drums
Norway's Trouble Circus is a hard rock freight-train from the city of Bodö, in northern Norway, with metal as the conductor and west coast rock' n roll as the blind passenger. The quartet draw influence from other Scandinavian acts such as Turbonegro, Hellacopters and Backyard Babies.
Founded in the cold, windy city of Bodö, Norway in 2008 Trouble Circus came out of a small rock-scene in town eager to bring back fun, feelgood hard rock that had long been abandoned and replaced by indie pop bands and rock bands with no substance to speak of.
Trouble Circus, whose members have an extreme passion for metal,hard rock and punk music are out to change all of that. " We are right to the point, plug in and go," says guitarist, Kristian Nygard Solhaug. "A mixture of the pure punk-rock attitude and the norse Vikings together. We play raw, honest hardrock to the bone. Nothing fancy, just feelgood hardrock that makes you raise your beer-mug, drink and just have a good time." The main influences for the band is 70s hardrock and punk (old AC/DC, Aerosmith, Sex Pistols, Stooges) to the 80s sleazy hard rock bands as Guns N Roses, that beeing mixed with the typical Scandinavian rock as mentioned above.
During the time Trouble Circus have been trough many ups and downs; the album almost didnt finish because of intern arguing between the band members. Problems with bandmembers drug and alcohol abuse have resulted in members who have been forced to leave the band and new ones has arrived, during the years. Also beeing completely ignored by the local press have formed the band for who they are today, and have definetely shaped their music to a more agressive hardrock with punk influences.
Today Trouble Circus is as tight and good musically as ever before.
After honing their craft, both live and in the studio, the band released their debut album, Ain't Shit in 2012 via Union Records. Recorded over a one year period from early 2011 through December 2011 at Bratten Studios in Bodoe right on the stormy seas and harsh, cold weather of the Arctic Ocean. "It was the perfect setting!" laughs Solhaug. Produced by the band themselves with assistance from Elvind Skau, Ain't Shit was a real bitch to get through. Continuous arguing combined with too much partying almost brought the project to a crashing halt. "We managed to finish it and as a result of all this it has a very raw in-your-face punk sound. Luckily it got amazing reviews all over Scandinavia and Europe. Amazing, if you ask me," reflects the guitarist.
In November of 2012 Trouble Circus did a mini-tour in Scandinavia with California sleaze punks Living Dead Lights in support of Ain't Shit.
The band has also shared the stage with Kvelertak, Kill Devil Hill, TNT, Monster Magnet, Iggy And The Stooges, Stage Dolls and traveled to Hollywood to open shows for LA Guns and fellow Scandinavians Crashdiet in early 2013. "We really enjoy Los Angeles and we've been there several times now to visit and it's kind of like our second home. In fact, I think we left a part of our souls there last time. We always get a good response when we play in the area. Hard rock is coming back to The Strip and, even though we live on another continent, we're gonna be a part of that."
In October 2013 Trouble Circus went overseas again to do a mini-tour in California with small club gigs in local dive-bars and playing at the legendary clubs Whisky A Go Go and The Roxy Theatre as the highlights. This time playing with Dizzy Reed from GnR and Rex Brown from Pantera. Trouble Circus also got a message from Tom Zutaut (famous for discovering Mötley Crüe and Guns N Roses) saying " I really like your band!" During the stay the band got featured on radio-interviews all over the US, from Florida to Texas to NY to Chicago and offcourse California.
Per today a music video is in the making, using footage from the recent stay in California, and the progress of making new tunes for the 2014 new album has started. The band is more hungry than ever.