When and how was Stuntbike started?
"In 1995 I played in a band called The Specimen with two friends, but they got tired of playing. At the time I had my own lo-fi bedroom-project called Echo Troopers. I was offered to play support for Jad Fair (Half Japanese). Echo Troopers is a oneman project, so I needed some help to play live. Two of my friends, Hein Hammervold and Rune Furuborg, helped me. We thought that the result was so good that we decided to start a new band, Stuntbike, and leave Echo Troopers as my side project."
What about your discography?
"In the spring of 1996 we released a self-titled 7" on Smalltown Supersound. In the autumn 1998 we released the second 7", and in February 1999 our debut album "Gone". In a few weeks we're going in studio to record a new 7" featuring a cover version of Eric's Trip's "Understand" plus one new track, which will be released this autumn on Smalltown Supersound."
Are you happy with the way "Gone" came out?
"Of course I'm happy with the way "Gone" came out. We got 5 out of 6 in Dagbladet, and we also got rave reviews in the fanzine/underground press. It's distributed in the UK by Cargo and in the US by Surefire, and we're still working with the distribution elsewhere. I really didn't expect it to be this well received."
What artists, if any, would you say have influenced your work?
"We have a lot of influences like Versus, Eric's Trip, Apples in Stereo, Aden, Elevator to Hell, Neutral Milk Hotel and so on. We grew up listening to bands like Codeine, Sonic Youth and Pavement. So I guess it's a mixture of a lot of bands."
Does Stuntbike perform live often?
"This year we've played some concerts in Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim, Oslo. We also played at the Quart Festival in Kristiansand, Trokk 16 Festivalen in Sandnes, Fjellparkfestivalen in Flekkefjord, and last year we played at a festival in Sweden."
What do you think of the Norwegian music scene?
"There's a lot of interesting things going on in the growing Norwegian music scene like the brilliant bands Monopot and Epikurs Euforie, and a fantastic new trio called Hello Goodbye (all on Smalltown Supersound). And there are great bands like Slowburn, Continental Fruit, Thee Unmist and so on."
Any favorite food/superhero/porn star?
"I really can't think of any favorite food or porn star, but I guess my favorite superhero is Birdman."