Sunday, June 11, 2006
Hurra Torpedo just added a new instrument to its repertoire.
It's a vertical two-door refrigerator which, when bashed with a bicycle seat, should have a nice ring to it.
Band member Egil Hegerberg says he normally prefers the deep freezer, which is easier to play and has a deeper boom. But this might do.
"We have never played on a fridge before," Hegerberg says. "That's very exciting for us."
The Norwegian band is fresh from a used appliance store in Boston, where it acquired a few other "instruments" for an upcoming U.S. tour. Purchases include three stoves, two washing machines, a dryer and the fridge.
If you haven't noticed yet, Hurra Torpedo has a bizarre stage show. Smashing kitchen appliances is its idea of percussion. Band members Hegerberg, Aslag Guttormsgaard and Kristopher Schau trade off guitar, bass, vocals and appliances. They have to, because clanging a stovetop with a Norwegian wheel is hard work.
Occasionally, at high altitudes, the bandmates get out of breath and have to stop the show. Luckily for Hurra Torpedo and its insatiable fans, Kansas is flat.
Strangely, Hurra Torpedo is best known for its 1995 cover of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart." A performance of that song, stove-smashing and all, only recently found its way onto the Internet. Since then, the trio has enjoyed a stateside cult following that scored it a real U.S. tour. Hegerberg says the shows have so far been "excellent."
"We blow them away. They get very excited," he says.
"Often we have to escape the town because the girls and boys are absolutely wild."
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Hurra Torpedo fans who love "Total Eclipse of the Heart" are sure to dig the band's latest covers. Hegerberg, Guttormsgaard and Schau will hammer out Britney Spears' "Toxic" as well as T.A.T.U.'s "All the Things She Said" on stoves that get replaced after each show.
They also will play original material from their new album, "Kollossus of Makedonia." The album hasn't been released in the U.S., but the band brought a few copies along.
"That will be a great opportunity for people to get their hands - their filthy American hands - on a Hurra Torpedo CD. It's got lots of songs on it," Hegerberg says.
Though it all seems a bit, well, gimmicky, Hurra Torpedo is very serious about its music - not to mention confident.
"I've done this millions of times," Hegerberg says, "and I'm never nervous because I know we're the best kitchen appliance rock show on Earth."
More about the Wakarusa Festival
- 6News video: Clean-up crews picking up after weekend festival (06-12-06)
- 6News video: Wakarusa Festival arrests scheduled to appear Friday (06-12-06)
- 6News video: Wakarusa festival winds down (06-11-06)
- 6News video: Heat beats down on Wakarusa (06-09-06)
- 6News video: Businesses benefiting from festival (06-09-06)
- 6News video: Law enforcement keeping eye on illegal substances (06-09-06)
- 6News video: Wakarusa swings into gear (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Traffic snarls grip festival (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Sweep yields drug arrests (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Apartment complex blocked by traffic (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Checklanes check out festival-goers (06-07-06)
- 6News video: Staff, volunteers, vendors prepare for flood of visitors (06-07-06)
- Wakarusa inspections infuriate the ACLU (06-13-06)
- Police activity, arrests increase at Wakarusa (06-13-06)
- Police presence dampened fest, campers say (06-12-06)
- Wakarusa hits high note (06-11-06)
- Norway's Hurra Torpedo plays everything but the kitchen sink (06-11-06)
- Concert creates good vibes for area businesses (06-10-06)
- Logistical problems strike sour note for some (06-10-06)
- Medical personnel see variety of ailments (06-10-06)
- More than Lip service (06-10-06)
- Lawrence drummer adjusts to gig with the Lips (06-10-06)
- Sitar player carves out own La La land in music industry (06-10-06)
- Festival in full gear (06-09-06)
- Delay doesn't dampen spirits (06-09-06)
- Medical tent may curb trips to LMH (06-09-06)
- Youngsters walk through traffic to tae kwon do (06-09-06)
- Women of Wakarusa (06-09-06)
- The Mutaytor brings circus atmosphere to outdoor fest (06-09-06)
- Traffic problems arise at Wakarusa fest (06-08-06)
- Highway patrol drug check greets fans on way to fest (06-08-06)
- State rains on Wakarusa parade (06-08-06)
- Scattered by Hurricane Katrina, band remains intact (06-08-06)
- Walkin' Wakarusa (06-08-06)
- Police checkpoint near Wakarusa causing a stir (06-07-06)
- Partiers take note: Police presence at Wakarusa Fest to double this year (05-04-06)
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- Wakarusa Festival 2006 - Day 2
- Wakarusa Festival 2006 - Day 1
- Wakarausa Festival 2006 - Pre-Fest