It’s been a little while since we featured any Norwegian punk. But we’re putting that right with the catchy sound of Oslo newcomers TwoMinutesHate, who describe their music as “energetic, melodic and fun” and “perfect for people who wear Vans in the winter.”
The band began with vocalist Sama A. Miserée and bassist Helene C. Kunz, who’d played in a few bands together and started playing at home for fun. They stumbled across a Facebook post from a guitarist looking to start a skatepunk band, contacted him, brought in a drummer just before the pandemic hit and began to establish their sound before splitting with the guitarist and drummer.
They soon brought in drummer Sondre L. Paulsen, who was bored during the pandemic and found them on Facebook and Sama tells us “had roughly half a dozen bands and projects going on already but wanted to take on one more just to make sure he had no free time left over.” They completed the lineup with guitarist Øystein H. Gravdahl, on whom Sama says: “He always thought he didn’t like punk music, but had an epiphany when attending our very first show as a member of the audience and realized that punk had evolved beyond the 70’s sound and that he was indeed already very into pop-punk; he just never knew that’s what it was called.”
And on the finalised quartet, Sama adds: “We’re four friends with a passion for music and pop-punk, who just wanna have fun, create some great tunes and hopefully touch some hearts along the way, the same way that the bands we grew up on did with ours.”
The band has been working hard to hone a sound that has its roots in the rougher side of pop-punk. It offers a reminiscent nod to the golden age of punk and pop-punk heroes of the 1990s and draws on more modern inspirations.
As Sama summarises: “It’s pop-punk, but it’s got that little bit of grit. It’s somewhat dirtier in its sound than a lot of the current pop-punk, which might be something that could help us stand out, even with all these amazing bands around the scene.”
Our first taste of this is their debut single It’s Not The Fall That Kills You, It’s The Humiliation, which was mixed and mastered by Mark McClusky who’s worked with the likes of Weezer and Motion City Soundtrack.
The track kicks off with a jaunty little guitar riff that’ll have you bopping, humming and whistling along. Sama’s vocals take over in an engaging chorus that ends with a little giggle and drives into the catchy chorus “I’m gonna stumble, Fall flat on my face, I’ve got it down to a subtle art, I’m gonna fuck up, Get put in my place, Godspeed, my pounding heart.”
Second time around the chorus is extended and drops into more laid-back vocals supported by lighter guitars. The opening riff returns and develops into a cool little solo, which feeds into a bigger chorus supported by backing vocals. It’s fun, it’s catchy, lively, we love it and it’s guaranteed to be stuck in your head for a while after listening.
On the single, Sama tells us: “We’re so stoked about this single! We’ve been working on this material for over two years now, and anyone who knows me would agree that patience is not my strong suit! We’re so pleased and proud with how this turned out and feel like it’s the perfect introduction to our band; it’s upbeat and energetic, and it’s got a lot of fun details going on; especially with the drums and the lead guitar.
“I also feel like the lyrics are something that’s relatable to a lot of people. I wrote them right after meeting this cute skater girl, and I was envisioning the whole process of falling for her as something physical; like falling flat on your face trying out a new trick on your skateboard. This is the song I imagine myself jumping on the bed dancing and singing to. We’re so excited to hear what people think about it!”
The band plans to follow the single up with a mini-EP, from which the next single should be out later this summer and will be wrapped up by the autumn.
Sama tells us: “I feel like with these three songs we’re kind of building the base for our sound. The next two tracks are both high-energy songs and actually a little more fast-paced than the lead single.
We have the song Cock Blocked By Tights, which I made the first draft for all the way back in 2012, about the disappointment when you realize that the expectations you’ve set aren’t in any way connected to the reality of the situation. The lyrics are my chaotic thoughts and feelings during an instance where what was going on was a lot less complicated and meaningful than what I made it out to be. As always, the reality I’ve crafted inside my head gets me in trouble in real life. This is the kind of song that makes me dance around the living room and sing at the top of my lungs.
“Then we have one very angry song called 1312, which I wrote the lyrics for in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. There are some heavy contrasts in it as we wanted to capture those conflicting feelings that arose in those times; the terrible grief that spread across the world in the face of all this ongoing meaningless violence and racism, but also the feeling of hope, empowerment and the sense of community that followed as people took to the streets and actively fought back. It’s part mourning and part battle cry.”
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that Sama has a penchant for 1990s and early 2000s pop-punk, listing the likes of Blink-182 and NOFX as some of her biggest influences. While lyrically, Dan Campbell from The Wonder Years and Taylor Swift have had the biggest impact.
And on what inspires them to write music, Sama says: “I’ll write about anything as long as I feel strongly about it in one way or another. My main concern when writing is authenticity. Yes, I want it to be catchy and relatable, but above all, I want to be able to convey some kind of emotion; to make people feel the things I feel.
“For example, some people might think love songs are boring. I don’t. There’s just so much to explore there. Those are big feelings, serious passions, huge fears. If you tap into those feelings there’s no limit to how much you can say about it. I’ve written songs about love and heartbreak, friendship and belonging, police brutality, toxic party culture, hating my job, facing my own toxicity and flaws, and so much more.
“I try to never limit myself creatively in my writing and to be fearless in exploring my own mind, and hopefully over time that will reflect in my lyricism throughout our works. I’m so lucky to work with people who allow me that freedom and who have been able and willing to shape our sound to so thoroughly express the meaning behind our songs. “
There’s plenty more to come from TwoMinutesHate, including the debut EP and more gigging hopefully to come following a recent string of gigs around eastern Norway. They also plan to get back in the studio to record another four tracks over the summer, and hope to release at least one new single from that before the end of the year.
As Sama adds: “We’re constantly working on new material and it will be years before we’ll be able to release all the stuff we’ve been working on so far, so anyone who enjoys our music have a lot more coming their way! “
“There’s nothing we want more than to have our music make some kind of impact on people. Whether it made you smile or cry, if you danced to it or sang along in the car. If you in any way enjoy our music we would love to hear about it! Don’t hesitate to give us a shout on our socials.“