The Mosaic Music Festival (read my entry about it here) is currently in full swing here in Singapore, and tonight, I’ll be watching my only non-free (meaning I paid for tickets) concert: Kings of Convenience.
I cannot – and will not – claim to be a long-time fan of Kings of Convenience. Truth be told, I only learned about this band while looking at the line-up for this year’s Mosaic Music Festival. After checking out their official website and listening to some song samples, I was intrigued. I purchased their latest album, Declaration of Dependence, and after listening to the whole thing, I was hooked.
Kings of Convenience is an indie folk-pop duo made up of two guys from Bergen, Norway, Erlend Øye and Eirik Bøe, who both compose and sing their own songs. The “kings of downtempo” (as the Mosaic programme describes them) are known for their quiet, subtle, yet intricate acoustic music.
Both born in 1975, Erlend and Eirik were part of the rock band Skog (Norwegian for forest) with two other friends when they were sixteen. After releasing one EP, the band broke up, and Øye and Bøe formed Kings of Convenience.
The duo released their first album Quiet is the New Loud in 2001. They have since released Versus (which featured remixes of songs from Quiet is the New Loud) in 2001, and Riot on an Empty Street (which features “Misread” and “I’d Rather Dance With You”) in 2004.
Their latest album, Declaration of Dependence, was released just last year. That album has already produced two singles, “Mrs. Cold” and my current favorite, “Boat Behind.”
Both Øye and Bøe have other projects aside from Kings of Convenience. Eirik Bøe is part of Kommode, which reunites him with the two former members of Skog, while Erlend Øye is part of the German band The Whitest Boy Alive (Official Website | MySpace).
Kings of Convenience are playing at the Concert Hall at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay tonight and tomorrow, March 18 and 19, at 7:30pm; however, if you plan on catching this, tickets are already sold out. They continue their Asian tour to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Bandung, Jakarta, Manila, Taipei, Seoul, Osaka, and Tokyo, before heading to the USA in June.