Animal Alpha


  • Client: Animal Alpha
  • Work: Composer & Musician
  • Nominated “Best Newcomer” – Spellemannsprisen, 2006 (Norway´s equivalent to the Oscars)
  • Nominated “Best Music video” – Spellemannsprisen, 2006 (Norway´s equivalent to the Oscars)
  • Sold to gold in Norway.
  • “Bundy” 1st single of debut album went straight to #4 in the main single charts and managed to stay there for 8 weeks.

  • Animal Alpha make music, that crosses the edges between rock, punk and metal, I’d say. Some songs sound more like rock, some songs more like metal. However, the singer Agnete Kjølsrud shows that her voice is aggressive enough to be considered a total metal female. In fact, her singing changes from quirky tones to brutal screams just to change again into clean strong vocals like a rock lady. So in my opinion the vocals are the most avantgarde part of this band. The music itself varying, but not so experimental, yet it’s good. In the end it all fits perfectly together, the singing dominates throughout all songs and that is just wonderful. The lyrics are quite interesting, as well, because they perfectly describe Animal Alpha’s raw punk metal attitude.”

Quotes/Words from The Wise:

“Seeing this band play is like finding a raw diamond in the coal dust, rugged yet beautiful, something to treasure, yet it can slice through steel with little effort. Agnete’s lyrics are unexpected, brash, sultry, nasty, brutally sweet and genuine – she grabs your attention and does not let go. And the band is thrashing away relentlessly behind her. “Pheromones” is a twisted visit into the world of Animal Alpha, a place of snarling dogs and circus freaks and glittering diamonds.”

  • Sylvia Massy Shivy, producer

“The band was as tight as a condom wrapped around a nuclear sub-marine.”

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  • Rock producer Sylvia Massy (Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, System Of A Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash etc.) saw the band showcase at the annual Norwegian music-event by:Larm, and invited Animal Alpha to come record their first album and EP at her Radiostar Studios in California.
  • “Bundy” highlight and first single of debut album went straight to #4 in the main single charts and managed to stay there for 8 weeks.
  • “Bundy” was also picked by E.A Games US to feature as soundtrack of two global PS2 releases; “Burnout Revenge” and ” NHL 06″
  • Their self-titled “EP” sold to gold in Norway.
  • Debut album “Pheromones” went straight to #11 in the Norwegian album charts, Top 40.
  • Second single/music video “Most Wanted Cowboy” is still receiving massive airplay on National TV/Radio NRK/ NRK P3. Music video was ranked as 2nd most played video after first week of release.
  • NRK (national broadcasting) picked Animal Alpha to represent Norway at the annual Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, The Netherlands, January 2006.
  • Interviews on MTV, Rockpalast Germany, IMF TV, Los Angeles and several national TV shows.
  • Animal Alpha nominated in the newcomer of the year category, The Alarm awards 2006.
  • Animal Alpha nominated best newcomer of the year and best music video at Spellemannsprisen 2006. (Biggest music-award happening in Norway).
  • Animal Alpha played SXSW festival in Texas. The club was packed and their performance watched by lots of industry marks the beginning of their US buzz.
  • The band returns to the Bylarm convention February 2006 winning the bylarm award, receiving a price worth 500 000 Norwegian kroners in total.
  • The band is again invited to play at an industry convention in the US. This time at Musexpo in Los Angeles.
  • The band hooks up with the TKO Organization. US booking agency working with great bands like Motorhead, Fear Factory, Anthrax, Mudvayn etc…
  • NRK P3 says the band has “what’s needed to succeed in Europe, they’re unique, charismatic and they’re completely out of their minds..!”
  • The band plays lots of the big festivals in Europe. Among others Rock am ring, Rock im park, Download festival in England and Pukkelpop in Belgium, This even before their music is released in these territories.




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