DEL: Per Gisle Galåen, Kjell Runar Jenssen, Lasse Marhaug, Fredrik Ness Sevendal

DEL is a Norwegian drone-space-freak-psychedelic-noise-out-rock band formed in 1996. Kjell Runar "Killer" Jenssen had been a founding member of Motorpsycho, playing drums on their first two releases, Maiden Voyage (1990) and Lobotomizer (1991). He had also been involved in numerous other bands, including Swamiis. Per Gisle Galåen was playing in Slowburn and lots of other bands. Lasse Marhaug had been doing solo noise music for many years and was also involved in the group Origami Replika.

The idea was to have a band that would obsessivly pursue the goal of reaching the perfect drone. The instrumentation was based on a core of drums, percussion, guitars and electronics, but over the years the band has incorporated location recordings, cello, theremin, double bass, organ and basically anything they see fit into their sound world.

Their constant search for new sounds has resulted in numerous guests on studio recordings and for live performances, most notably Fredrik Ness Sevendal, who has since become the fourth member of the band. Other collaborators include Kai Mikalsen, John Birger Wormdahl, Alexander Rishaug, Tore Honoré Bøe, Audun Eriksen, and Mr. Cosmonaut of Cosmonauts Hail Satan.

As both Jenssen and Marhaug have have backgrounds as movie projectionists and all band members are film buffs, they always incorporated sonic and visual film references in DEL's works (some even too obscure for some of the members) and performed live to many cinematic gems.

1997 saw DEL's first release, a split with Green Monkey, the first in a still uncompleted five part series of 7" vinyl singles featuring covers of Sonic Youth songs, where DEL did a version of "Satan Is Boring". The record featured a DEL remake of a well-known Sonic Youth band photo on the cover, as well as liner notes by SY member Thurston Moore. This was followed in 1998 by DEL's debut album, If You Got To Fight... Fight Dirty! (one side live, one side studio) and No Escape From The Valley Of The Cannibals, their first movie themed 7", focusing on Italian cannibal films of the late '70s and early '80s by directors such as Sergio Martino and Umberto Lenzi. The Polymorph 7" lathe cut, themed on the Korean monster movie Yongary (1967), and the Tremors / Screamers cassette were issued the same year. Ghost Bitch / 'Cross the Breeze, the second release in the Sonic Youth cover series, this time split with The Four, came out as a picture disc in 1999.

In 2000 the band released their second album, a CD called Projectionist Please Focus, made up of reworked and remixed live recordings and featuring several guest musicians, as well as Twilight Of The Dead, their second movie themed 7", inspired by the zombie cinema of George Romero, Umberto Lenzi and Lucio Fulci. The live recording Blå, 10. December 1999 was issued as a CD-R in an edition of only 10 copies. DEL did a live recording as an alternative soundtrack to Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer's classic horror movie Vampyr (1932) in 2001. It was first released on Killer Records in an edition of only 10 copies and reissued the same year on Celebrate Psi Phenomenon. The Dog & Mole Tape was also released in 2001.

DEL's third album, Der Lehnstuhl Sagt Alles, consisting of live recordings from 2001 and 2002, was released as an LP in 2002 and on CD-R the following year. The album was a tribute to exploitation goddess Doris Wishman, with all titles taken from her films. A CD-R reissue of the Tremors / Screamers tape followed in 2004.

In February/March 2005 the band played their first concerts outside Norway; one performance in Singapore, followed by six shows during their Sheep Tricks Tour of New Zealand. Two new releases, the NZ Tour 2005 8" lathe cut and the Flummm CD-R card, were available exclusively at these shows. One concert took place at the New Zealand Film Institute, where the band played live to a screening of the Norwegian silent film Café X (1928). Some of the other performances featured NZ guests Campbell Kneale (Our Love Will Destroy The World, Birchville Cat Motel, Black Boned Angel) and Antony Milton (A.M., Mrtyu, The Stumps) plus fellow Norwegian Petter Flaten Eilertsen (Love Hz, Kobi), and two of these shows were released as the cassette Live at Cuba Street Carnival & Huttstock - 2005.

DEL released their first proper studio album, Five Dolls For An August Moon, on Norwegian label Synesthetic Recordings in August 2006. On these recordings, originally made in 2002, the band took on a slightly more subtle and subdued approach compared to their previous releases. The album title is taken from an early '70s giallo by Italian master of horror Mario Bava, a longtime favorite of the band. One of the songs is a Black Sabbath cover, stripped of its signature riff and with lyrics in Norwegian, disguised under the title "Sabbath Fucking Sabbath".

The double cassette Excellent Choice featuring live recordings from New Zealand in 2005 and Norway in 2006 was issued by Kassettkultur in June 2009. Another tape called Grim Ace, released in December by Gold Soundz, featured outtakes from the DEL's latest album Villa Graps, which came out in January 2010 on Apartment Records.

Contact / Booking
DEL can be reached at del@looop.no

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