[Slow Hands] reflects on our adolescence, growing up, and slowly moving on into adulthood.
Iffy Orbit is a psychedelic pop outfit from Oslo, Norway, made up of five twentysomethings: Markus Eide Anskau, Erik Mathias Samkopf, Eirik Aas Grove, Kristoffer Robin Moe Severinsen, and Teodor Dysthe Lyngstad. Now try saying that twice as fast. And check out those luscious locks!
These guys are fresh out of high school and still occupying that awkward space between youth and adulthood. The quintet’s promising debut album, Slow Times, is exactly about that: “Our album reflects on our adolescence, growing up, and slowly moving on into adulthood. It’s a difficult time, learning about your place in the world, what you want to do and how you spend your time, and the sacrifices you have to make to get to where you want. It’s an album by youths, for youths.”
What started out as a fun project among close friends in 2013, Iffy Orbit is getting more notice these days on the Scandinavian scene, playing Norway’s premier music festival Øyafestivalen this summer and filling opening slots for the likes of Twenty One Pilots and The Wombats stateside.
This hair band just released a new single, “Not Good Enough,” appropriately about trying to live up to others’ expectations. Galactic synths, interplanetary sounds, interstellar—the press release gets a little funky, but we can say with a lot of confidence that, not only is Iffy Orbit good enough, they’re pretty darn great. The 10-track album’s closer “No One Else to Blame” is another standout.
Now onto Iffy Orbits vitals…
Slow Times is available now via Toothfairy.
BAND NAME: Iffy Orbit
HOMETOWN: Oslo, Norway
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN TWO SENTENCES: Holy shit, man. What the heck?
FAVORITE NIGHTSPOT IN THE CITY YOU CALL HOME: Bærum Bowling
FAVORITE NOW DEFUNCT LABEL: Toothpick
NERDIEST EQUIPMENT FETISH: Whammy
CHOICE VICE: A genetic predisposal for depression
NIGHTMARE AUDIENCE: Nazi-zombies, ghosts, burning skeletons, etc.
MUST-SEE TV: Planet Earth II
BEST RECENT PURCHASE: 5 fresh wigs
EMPTY THE CONTENTS OF YOUR POCKET: Plectrum, earbuds, snus, phone
TOUR NECESSITIES: Jungle Speed, Rockstar Energy Drink, Talkie Walkie by Air, “Kristiansunds Nasjonalsang” by Knutsen & Ludvigsen, Couchsurfing, a backup keyboard player in case Markus [Eide Anskau] is in that mood again
BEST LYRICS OTHER THAN YOUR OWN: “Little Bit” by Lykke Li, “Happy” by Mitski