W o b b l e r - Norwegian Progressive Rock
Wobbler was formed in the idyllic Norwegian countryside, in the vicinity of the great waterfalls of Hønefoss in the spring of 1999. The band had a burning desire to create, or perhaps recreate some of the musical expressions of the early 70´s - specially by the use of the instruments of that time and the somewhat complex compositions of the progressive rock scene from 1969 - 1974. In the early years the band worked hard composing music and laying out the foundations for how they wanted to work and sound. In a few months the basic ideas for a demo was created, and in the following years the ideas evolved to fully fledged songs.
In 2003 some of these songs was recorded at Lars´ studio and a demo was put out on the internet and started living its own life. Wobbler ended up signing a record deal with the US label The Laser´s Edge. By now Lars' vintage keyboard collection was getting out of hand, and the insane recording of the debut album Hinterland began in June 2004. After eight intense months the album was ready. The hype from the demo songs had now reached its peak, and the expectations were sky-high. Wobbler released their debut Hinterland, championed by the 28 minute long title track in 2005. The release concert took place in front of an eager audience at the prestigious NEAR-fest festival in USA. Both the concert and the album lived up to the the hype and brought a lot of new fans to the band.
In April 2009, the band finally released their second album; Afterglow. It contained a re-recording of two old demos and three other songs composed in 1999. This release continued what Hinterland started, and made Wobbler a name amongst more listeners around the world.
Later in 2009 the band entered the studio again, this time with new vocalist and frontman Andreas Wettergreen Strømman Prestmo. While the compositions on the two first albums were largely instrumental and somewhat dominated by difficult parts piled on top of each other, the new material focused more on song structures and the new wind of vocal melodies and harmonies that Andreas brought into the music. The third album, Rites at Dawn, was released in 2011, premiering at the Terra Incognita Festival in Quebec, Canada. The album did really well worldwide and gained the band critical acclaim as well as invitations to several festivals in Europe. After a while original member Morten Andreas Eriksen left the band, and old time friend Marius Halleland joined forces as the new guitarist.
After the release of Wobbler´s long awaited and critically acclaimed fourth album, From Silence to Somewhere in 2017, Wobbler hit the road and performed all over Europe as well as Canada in 2017-2019, including the largest prog festival in Europe; Night of the Prog Festival in 2018. Between concerts Wobbler was busy composing new material for a fifth album. Titled Dwellers of the Deep, Wobbler´s new album is due for release worldwide through Karisma Records on October 23rd 2020.