Skadedyr: Kongekrabbe


International release 10.01.2014
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Kongekrabbe is the democratic/anarchistic band Skadedyr’s debut album. They have swiftly gained a reputation as one of Norway’s most exciting ensembles. Skadedyr consists of a total of 12 musicians and an even larger assortment of instruments. With a brass section, guitars, keyboards, vocals, two drummers, strings and an accordion, the musical images and narratives just pour out of them.
Skadedyr was founded by Heiða Karine Jóhannesdóttir Mobeck and Anja Lauvdal, who also played in the now disbanded group Your Headlights Are On. These two musicians are also the driving force behind the inventive material on Skadedyr’s debut album. The members of the band rehearse and arrange all the music jointly – without notes, but with wide-open ears and eyes. Young, promising musicians from bands such as Moskus, Broen Ósk, Karokh, Snøskred, Skrap and Hullyboo are also part of the ensemble.
The album was recorded live in the studio in the course of only one day with producer Andreas Mjøs (Jaga Jazzist), and bears witness to an extraordinarily coherent and original band with an appreciation of both the psychedelic, progressive and outrageous and the earthy and melodious aspects of music. The musicians in Skadedyr accept no limits and deny themselves nothing. They derive inspiration from every type of music that they love, and the large number of players enables them to let themselves loose in a correspondingly broad musical landscape.
Kongekrabbe is the first album from a band that we can guarantee will appeal to a wide variety of musical audiences with its uncompromising and captivating music. Highly recommended!
The LP edition comes in a 180g audiophile pressing, includes CD and is limited to 500 copies.




  1. En frisk dose ung norsk storensemblemusikk i sonen der vante tonale og rytmiske mønstre trues av kreativ oppløsning.
    – Dagbladet, Terje Mosnes 5/6 (NO)

  2. Here´s yet more proof, if it were needed, that Norway´s young musicians are doing more than most to carry the baton of wide-eyed experimentation first blown open by psychedelia and prog.
    – Jazzwise, Daniel Spicer (UK)

  3. A good example of when more is more – this Norwegian band, described in its publicity as democratic/anarchistic, comprises 12 musicians playing a huge variety of instruments, including brass, guitars, keyboards, strings and accordion, plus two drummers.
    This debut album, recorded live in a day by producer Andreas Mjos, who has also worked with that other fabulous, large and equally democratic/anarchistic outfit Jaga Jazzist, covers an astonishing amount of musical ground, from swing to circus band, to psychedelic rock, to spiky neo-classical(…)A brilliant cold shower of an album.
    – The Jazz Breakfast (UK)

  4. Skadedyr’s Kongekrabbe, also on Hubro, are even further out and include a dozen musicians making a weird, disorienting music sounding like a smoother version of one of John Cage’s radio pieces tuned into jazz, voices echoing inside caves and the sound of a distant motorway.
    – TheArtsDesk (UK)

  5. Kongekrabbe is the product of a 12-strong ensemble and just a single day´s worth of live recording. Given the intensity here, one imagines a day rife with flared emotions and battered instruments; a cyclone of broken saxophone reeds and ripped up vocal chords, forced to jostle to for space in amongst a menagerie of world-spanning musical influence and conflicting intention (drunken big band marches, Bob Dylan covers, sudden rock´n´roll outbursts). But it´s a beautiful record too; there are points at which the turbulent free improvisation and genre-meshing finds alignment, like a school of fish reassembling after the panic outside threat, and suddenly the album is under the command of silken piano melodies and vocal chants that carry the ensemble up and down, in and out. Dazzling.
    – Rock A Rolla, J. Chuter (UK)

  6. Kongekrabbe may only consist of 37 minutes of music over the course of five tracks, but the scale of the ground covered makes it feels like much more. It may require several listens to fully digest and appreciate, but this is an intriguing first release.
    – MusicOHM (UK)

  7. The snarling, scuttling debut of the 12-piece Skadedyr (Norwegian for ‘pests’ as far as I know), free form and intense with a matte sonic coating rather than anything resembling gloss. With a canvas of brass, guitar, keyboards and other instruments, tuba player/bass guitarist Heiða Karine Jóhannesdóttir Mobeck and keyboardist Anja Lauvdal’s ‘tunes’ arranged by the ensemble paint all over unresolved free form situations and strangulated cries in the early part of the album moving on to fast mutating episodes on ‘Partylus’, (where you’ll hear snatches of Earl Hines-like piano, hymn-like cadences, dark murmurings, tango and vocals that dabble with Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ and more besides). With input from Jaga Jazzist producer Andreas Mjøs and recorded in just one day Kongekrabbe is exciting and raw at the edges, ideas-driven work in progress that somehow succeeds.
    – Marlbank (UK)

  8. Avant Scandi-jazz troupe´s striking first. A 12-piece avant-garde ensemble whose arrangements are the result of a democratic process sounds like both a practical nightmare and a guarantee of conflicting aesthetics. Not so the youthful Skadedyr (“Pests” in Norwegian), whose debut is an eloquent, bewitching, often playful and occasionally unsettling gambol with the spirits of Lowell Mason, Jaga Jazzist, Fats Waller, Zdenek Liska and Talk Talk. These five compositions – by members Anja Lauvdal and Heida Karine Johannesdottir Mobeck – use modern minimalism and Nordic pastoral folk as their compass, but veer brilliantly off course on “Parylus”, which drops in a line from Dylan´s “Like A Rolling Stone”, and blink-and-you´ll-miss-it-snatch of Prodigy´s “Firestarter”.
    – Uncut, Sharon O`Connell 8/10 (UK)

  9. Det er noe av en klisjé å si at en plate bobler over av kreativitet, men i Skadedyrs tilfelle er det vanskelig å unngå. Låtene på «Kongekrabbe» er komponert av Heida Karine Johannesdottir Mobeck og Anja Lauvdal, men komposisjoner betyr ikke nødvendigvis så mye når tolv musikere går sammen for å spille frijazz.
    Tankene sendes noen ganger til Farmers Market, men dette er enda mer anarkistisk.
    – Bergens Tidende (N)

  10. Den unge, ambisiøse gjengen i Skadedyr, kalles ikke et «demokratisk/ anarkistisk band» for ingen ting. Her er informasjonsstrømmen rimelig høy, for å si det mildt, med tangenter, blås, stryk, trekkspill og vokal som noen av lydkildene. Og med totalt 12 musikere og minst like mange musikalske impulser – frijazz, rock, latin og swing, for å nevne noen – kunne det fort blitt et ordentlig rot, noe det for så vidt er til tider. Likevel; musikken mangler ikke holdepunkter. Noen ganger høres det i form av iørefallende melodier som kan skimtes i bakgrunnen. Andre ganger i små blokker av lyd, som har lik rytmikk eller sound. Til sammen skapes det et komplekst, men logisk musikalsk univers. Forvirrende og fengende på en gang.
    – Trønderavisa 5/6 (N)

  11. Na ja, das norwegische Label Hubro ist nicht gerade dafür bekannt, gefällige Dutzendware zu liefern. Vielmehr finden sich unter dem Dach dieser Musik­schmiede eine Vielzahl von experimentierfreudigen Musiker zusammen, die davon beseelt sind, neue Wege zugehen, bestehende Strukturen aufzuweichen und kompromisslos die eigenen Vorstellungen von Musik umzusetzen. Dazu zählt auch das neu gegründete Team Skadedyr, ein Musikerkollektiv von 12 engagierten Individualisten, die auf ihrem Debutalbum „Kongekrabbe” (Königskrabbe) gerade mal fünf Stücke aufführen, die voll von anarchischen Ideen sind. Die Spannung dieser Stücke wird durch Gegensätze erzeugt. Rhythmische Dichte trifft auf Minimalismus, Experiment trifft auf Lyrik. Der Titeltrack beschreibt beispielsweise das langsame Vorandriften dieses monströsen Meeresbewohners, wobei sich mit zunehmender Dauer des Stückes auch die Elemente Dekonstruktion und Unruhe im anfänglich eher ruhigen Arrangement merklich stiegern. Frakturen von Gitarren, Drums, Bläser und Sängerinnen treffen aufeinander, verlieren sich aus den Augen, um in neuer Konstellation wieder zusammenzufinden. Ein musikalisches Vexierspiel, das die Norweger bestens beherrschen. Produziert wurde das Album übrigens von Andreas Mjøs, der bereits für die Band Jaga Jazzist tätig war.
    – Sound&Image (DE)

  12. Ja, SKADEDYR bieten auf ihrem Debüt in gewisser Weise durchaus traditionsbewusste Heimatfolklore, greifen sie doch unentwegt auf Einflüsse zurück, die ihnen von der Natur vor der eigenen Haustür geboten wird, und setzen sie in überwiegend lautmalerischer Art und Weise um. Selbstzufriedenheit allerdings ist nicht zu erkennen: Auf „Kongekrabbe“ wuselt das Chaos aus Soundscapes und Musikstilen, es sprengt den vergleichsweise geringen Laufzeitumfang geradezu, wobei dieses Kollektiv im Gegensatz zu so vielen Lautschreiern erkannt hat, dass auch die Stille wie ein Geräusch verwendet werden kann. Hubro hat hier einmal mehr einen dicken Fisch an der Angel; ein beeindruckendes Sammelsurium aus Klang und Form, wenngleich es manchem noch schwer fallen mag, „Kongekrabbe“ angesichts seiner Kürze und seiner improvisierten Flächen Vollwertigkeit im Sinne eines Musikalbums zu attestieren.

  13. it’s a big band with thirteen musicians, and founded by Heiða Karine Jóhannesdóttir Mobeck and Anja Lauvdal, who used to play in Your Headlights Are On. The other members are from bands as Moskus, Broen Ósk, Karokh, Snøskred, Skrap and Hullyboo and it’s more a small orchestra or ensemble, rather than a band. This album was recorded in just one day by Andreas Mjøs (of Jagga Jazzist) and here too it’s been called jazz by Itunes, but again not something that covers it, at least not entirely. But what exactly is it then, you may wonder? That’s not easy to tell. It’s orchestral at times, a music hall band at others, acoustic noise based, and maybe the Norwegian answer to Zeitkratzer at other times, such as in ‘Lakselus’. Even when I think this is not entirely my cup of tea, I quite enjoyed the variety of styles, sometimes working at the same time and throughout this disc, making it melodic and ‘weird’ at the same, curious enough.
    – Vital Weekly (NL)

  14. Die norwegische Musikszene ist lebendig. Von Nils Petter Molvaer, Jaga Jazzist, Ane Brun, Motorpsycho bis zur Szene um die Band Supersilent und dem Label Rune Gramofon. Damit sind wir bei Skadedyr, einer zwölfköpfigen Gruppe und ihrem Debüt „Kongekrabbe“, der riesigen Königskrabbe, die dem norwegischen Ökosystem leider großen Schaden zuführt. Der Bandsound changiert zwischen Soundscapes, Improvisierter Musik und Jazz. Einzig der achtminütige Mash-Up „Partylus“ wirbelt New Orleans Brass, Swing, Ragtime und Rock’n‘Roll spielerisch durcheinander.
    – Klenkes Musik 4/5 (DE)

  15. Det finns en stark ådra av självständighet hos Skadedyr och ett resolut handlag som skänker dem en nödvändig trovärdighet. Emellanåt har ”Kongegrabbe” nästan en belgisk/fransk känsla, i meningen Univers Zero, Art Zoyd och annan RIO-relaterad kontinental kammarprog, trots att musiken till stora delar bygger på improvisationer. Skivan spelades in live i studion på en enda dag, och det är inte långsökt att tro att det är skälet till att den har den nerv den har. Den har många öppningar både utåt och inåt, och förhoppningsvis också framåt – jag vill höra mer av Skadedyr.
    – Tidningen Kulturen (SE)

  16. Skadedyr’s the kind of outfit that’s as happy serving up moments of raucous psychedelia as others peaceful and melodious, and able to comfortably switch between them in a flash.
    – Textura (CA)

  17. Debut album, just out, by a Norwegian ensemble led by Heida Karine Jöhannesdóttir Mobeck and Anja Lauvdal. Twelve musicians – I recognize members of Moskus and Hullyboo – playing a blend of big band music and post-rock. The album is short (36 minutes, 5 pieces) but convincing, accessible, an easy listen, captivating, with enjoyable confounding moments (“Partylus” and its collage of mismatched musical quotes). Hard to describe but in tune with the Icelandic scene, Hubro’s sound, and the current wave of creative avant-jazz orchestras. Definitely worth discovering.
    – Monsieur Delire (CA)