Recorded and filmed in an abandoned swimming pool in guitarist Søren’s residential in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, “Seeking“, the newest single from Danish altmospheric rock band KÚLU (Celebration Records) draws from post- and noise rock, as well as classic indie, post punk and alternative rock aesthetics. One year after their debut EP Quiescence, the band is quietly making its mark on the Danish music scene and their new single is a forerunner of their debut album, to be released in early 2021. Today, we’re giving you a closer look at their story, told by the band themselves.
We all thought that the location was super unique and we just felt that we had to put it to good use and what better way to use it than for a live session.
“𝑆𝑒𝑒𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔” 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑎𝑑𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑣𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑠, 𝑏𝑜𝑡ℎ 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑛𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑙𝑤𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑑𝑜 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑟.
Both the positive and the negative dependence, where you constantly feel that you can do things better and exceed yourself.
Kúlu was formed Thursday the 11th of February 2016.
Søren had invited his great friend Daniel over to catch up and drink some vin. As the evening went on the talks gathered around musicmaking, guitarpedals, and they agreed upon forming a ambient inspired guitar band. Friday the 12th of February Daniel called Søren on the phone and said “man I´m hungover” Søren said that he was the same, but they agreed that forming the band was still an ambition that they would pursue. Daniel and Søren started meeting at Daniels loftroom where they were experimenting with their guitarpedals and glitchy loops, to make the first couple of sketches towards producing the tracks. Daniel and Søren quickly came to the conclusion that this was great fun, but that it needed a significant lead vocal to really make sense out of the structure in the tracks. Daniel Presented a couple of the sketches to Dennis the drummer of his band Deerborn. Dennis quickly saw something interesting in the at that time somewhat aparte sketches, and sang a few lines into the built-in microphone on Daniels laptop. (Background, Dennis has been leadsinger of several bands including two bands Memory Lane and Ave, where Søren had been the guitarist) Dennis was after this, a full member of the Kúlu, and they started to record demoes in Nyborg, where Dennis would both play drums and sing lead, Daniel and Søren both played guitar and took turns on the bass.
After recording the demo, Daniel had made a new friend. Daniel was taking photos for Frida Techau, for her cookbook, and thru that friendship he also began to play table tennis with her husband Asger. They talked about music, and Asger had at some point said that he missed playing the drums, since his band Kashmir had taken a break, with no determined date of starting again. Daniel seized the moment and asked him if he wanted to play in Kúlu, and Asger listened to the demoes and agreed to join the band. Daniel proceeded recording at the loft, where Dennis would come over to lay vocals on the tracks.
In the summer 2018 Kúlu went to Asger and Fridas cottage in Sweden, to record the songs that would be the EP “Quiesence” consisting four tracks. The EP was released by Celebration Records in 2019. After Quiesence was recorded Kúlu wanted to add a bass player, at first mostly for live situations but was open for a more permanent solution. Daniel had started to hangout with Torben Guldager, whom also was a musician like, Daniel, Søren and Dennis who sprung out the funen music society, and all first met in the early 00’s. Torben was originally a rock guitarist that played in a band called “Wrong Side Of Vegas”, but had ever since been playing both guitar, bass and piano in several Copenhagen residential bands. Torben fell in socially and Kúlu did’nt hesitate to make him their permanent bassplayer.
The five members started recording what was going to be their full album in March 2019.
Our plans for 2020, was to release album, tour, and hopefully expand the amount of Kúlu-listeners. We had planned and DK tour in March and April, where we were supposed to get around in some of the big cities in Denmark, which ofcause got cancelled because of Covid-19. We haven’t cancelled the release, but we’ve have changed it a bit, the first two singles is out already, but we’ve have postponed the album release, from autumn 2020 till spring 2021, in order to let match a new tour better.