It’s not everyday you come across a band that simultaneously cite Made In Chelsea and the Nobel Peace Prize Concert on their CV, but Highasakite pay no mind to convention. Fresh from making their Glastonbury Festival debut, Norway’s Highasakite will perform in the 23rd annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert on December 11 to honour this year’s Nobel Laureate (awarded December 10) and help spread the message of hope, courage and global peace.
Originating from Norway, Highasakite is an indie pop and indie rock band. Vocalist Ingrid Håvik and drummer Trond Bersu met while Bersu was studying jazz at the Trondheim Jazz Conservatory; after starting out as a duo, the two recruited Thomas Dahl, a producer, to help out on bass and guitar, and Øystein Skar joined the group to play synthesizer.
After the release of their first album the band began to play live shows, adding Marte Eberson on synthesizer and Kristoffer Lo on guitar, percussion, flugabone, and tuba to extend their layered instrumentation, and flesh out their sound. Highasakite started out opening for other musical projects like Your Headlights Are On, PELbO and Sacred Harp. The band later performed at many festivals in 2012, including Øyafestivalen, and the Iceland Airwaves.
Their debut full-length album, Silent Treatment (produced by Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim), was released in 2014 to rave reviews from the Norwegian newspapers and recently marked a two-year milestone in the Norwegian Top 40 Chart. For the album, Highasakite also won the “Pop Group of the Year Award” at the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy Awards, Spellemannprisen; additionally Håvik was nominated in the categories “Composer of the Year” and “Writer of the Year”, winning the former. The same year the band won the Bendiksen Award, an award and grant given to up-and-coming artists to help develop their talent, winning 100,000 Norwegian kroner.
The successor album Camp Echo – became another chart-smashing effort, winning Highasakite a second consecutive #1 chart debut in Norway and #24 entry in the Australian Top 40. The album features singles ‘Someone Who’ll Get It’ and ‘Golden Ticket’, amassing streams of more than 6 million in just over a month. Taking its namesake from one of seven detention camps within Guantanamo Bay, ‘Camp Echo’ arrives in a whirl of acclaim. Despite loose political commentary, the album is without agenda. The intention is not to persuade or invade but more so, an attempt to make sense of the inner turmoil born of external unrest.