The Bandit Lab

Sister Sonny

Mr. P, Mr. L., Mr. Pluto, Andor Pandor, Mr. F


Sister Sonny started in 1994 when the members of the band met at Garage, the legendary club in the mythology of the so-called Bergen scene that would shake the world some years later. In 1997, the band signed to REC90 and released the debut album Why I feel She’s Not To Be Trusted, which was recorded with producer Jorgen Trceen at Duper Studio (legendary studio where many great artists later on recorded: Royksopp, Kings Of Convenience, Cornelius, etc).

While everybody expected more rock-oriented music from the band, they made one of the most low-key album, Lovesongs, in 1999. The album was released in the U.S. by Jetset Records and entered the Top 10 of the CMJ college radio charts, and the band’s first U.S. tour followed, including a stunning performance at SXSW.

The next album, While Others Dance, was critically acclaimed by music press in Norway. This time the band left the gloomy and dark atmosphere that dominated the previous album and took a more pop-orientated direction with references such as The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev. The album won a prize for Best Pop Album of the year at the alternative Alarm Awards, and was also nominated for the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammies.

Throughout the year 2000 the band continued touring and played summer festivals. All the while surprising people with a few creative unique EPs, the band spent lots of time in their hometown and a farm in South Denmark during 2001 to record their fourth album, The Bandit Lab. The record ended up becoming a double-album, a two-record set on one CD, as they like to surprise people with every release and have been very well-received in Norway and Europe. The album was released in Japan through Avex.