02.23.13 — “Pills” by VHS Dream

VHS Dream

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Pills” by VHS Dream (2012, from the “Pills” single).

VHS Dream is an indie-pop/shoegaze quartet from Oslo and Trondheim, Norway. The band formed last year, but they’ve been working together for a long time. And If you’ve been reading this blog, you’re already familiar with the members of this band. Two of the band members (Ketil Myhre and Lars Kristian Boquist) also play in Dråpe. Another member (Eirik Fidjeland) is in Angelica’s Elegy. Myhre and Fidjeland have been friends for some time and have written a bunch of songs together. Most of them were just for fun, but they finally laid some of the songs to tape. I don’t think they’ve officially released anything, but this track has been up on soundcloud for a few months.

The band took their name from the name of a Deerhunter song.

That’s everything that I know about VHS Dream. Everything that I’ve found about them is in Norwegian, and despite my current obsession with Norwegian indie rock, I don’t speak or read a single word of Norwegian.
They’re not on the Riot Factory label, but they might as well be.

Here’s the song:
“Pills” by VHS Dream

Just like I said about the Angelica’s Elegy song that I featured, I’ll say again that Fidjeland’s vocals remind me of the early days of Pale Saints. In a more general way, this song reminds me of the good old days of 4AD. If this band could go back in time to the year 1993, they’d be on 4AD Records, touring the UK with The Boo Radleys and The Catherine Wheel. And I would read about it and be upset that those three bands didn’t tour together in the US.

I like that this is a home recording. I like that it’s not glossy and over-produced. The music speaks for itself.

They have one other song — “Tired” — on their soundcloud page, which you can download for free here.

You can be sure that I’ll be highlighting another Norwegian indie band sometime soon.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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