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DANCING IN THE DARK

NORWAY’S DATAROCK HAVE BEEN MISSING IN ACTION FOR A WHILE BUT THE COLOURFUL, ATHLETICALLY DRESSED, PRANKSTERS ARE FINALLY UNVEILING THEIR NEW ALBUM, FACE THE BRUTALITY

DATA ROCK

The Upside Down: Datarock’s new album, Face The Brutality, has been influenced by Talking Heads, David Bowie, Devo and the soundtrack to the Stranger ThingsTV show

It’s lunchtime and Fredrik Saroea, Datarock’s main man, is pointing at a salad that’s nestled between a bowl of fried reindeer salami and a plate of battered fish, while another dish of caramelised scallops lurks just out of reach. This, he explains, is a clam and mussel salad, but these aren’t your everyday molluscs. These are mahogany clams and they reach the ripe old age of around 150 years before they’re harvested locally by an enterprising diver. Experts can tell how old they are because, just as with trees, they can count how many rings they have on their shells, Saroea explains. One specimen, found a decade ago in Icelandic waters (known, Saroea blithely proclaims, as Ming The Clam), was older than half a millennium. This isn’t a conversation one expects to have when meeting a musician…

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