ElsklingPhoto: Ashlie and Amber Chavez

San Franscisco’s Elskling is a new band fronted by native Norwegian Marte Solbakken, who earlier this week released their first track, “900 Hands”. Elskling was born in a terrible New York winter where Solbakken and her boyfriend and bandmate Van Pierszalowski (of WATERS) were living. To deal with the awful weather and the lack of a job and friends, Solbakken picked up Van’s guitar and started writing the songs that became Elksling. Recorded by Jason Quever of Papercuts and mixed by Chris Chu of POP ETC, “900 Hands” is a great way for a band to get started, with Solbakken’s soaring vocals layering over a great arrangement of minor chords.

In addition to fronting Elsking, Solbakken has also played with WATERS for a couple years and managed to assemble a bit of an all-star cast of local talent to form her band. Solbakken and Pierszalowski are joined by Graham Lebron (aka Golden Gram, formerly of Rogue Wave, com jr., and others), Michael Jirkovsky of Social Studies, and Chloe Roth. Elskling will be playing May 23 at Bottom of the Hill with French Cassettes and Black Cobra Vipers.

French Cassettes, Black Cobra Vipers, Elskling
Bottom of the Hill
May 23, 2014
9:30pm, $10