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Erik Olaus

Også kjent som: Helge Erik Olaussen
Fra: Bergen

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Erik Olaus founded the band Honeymoon Ruin partly in December 1985. Original members were Erik Olaus (guitar/vocals), Arild M Hansen (guitar/vocals), Morten Smørholm (bass), Frank Pedersen (drums) Their music was sort of a mix between western outlaw and 60s rock. Some called it prairie rock, others called it cow punk. They were also strongly associated with ‘the new psychedelia’ and ‘the new American wave’ from the earlier part of the 80s, with bands like REM, Rank and File,.. Les mer..

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Erik Olaus founded the band Honeymoon Ruin partly in December 1985. Original members were Erik Olaus (guitar/vocals), Arild M Hansen (guitar/vocals), Morten Smørholm (bass), Frank Pedersen (drums)

Their music was sort of a mix between western outlaw and 60s rock. Some called it prairie rock, others called it cow punk. They were also strongly associated with ‘the new psychedelia’ and ‘the new American wave’ from the earlier part of the 80s, with bands like REM, Rank and File, Green on Red and others.

Having made some impact on the local music scene with their songs and recordings, they came under the management of Stageway, a well known booking company, that had artist like Beat farmers, Joe Ely, Ian hunter, Celibate Rifles, John Kay, Chesterfield Kings, Jason & the Scorchers, lone Kellerman, Wedding Present,, Johnny Thunders, and others in their fold. They got positive press reviews, and had their songs played on local and national broadcasting, and were looked upon as a new and promising young band

However, although the band was gigging and made some buzz, and was also shown interest by some record labels, especially from Fred Engh in WEA records t the time. However, .. they were not signed, due to some changing personnel and unfortunate circumstances. As time went on and didn’t take them anywhere, and they did not have management any longer, the band slowly disbanded. A compilation Cd has been made in the after years Honeymoon Ruin 1986 – 88.

From then Erik Olaus went on founding some new bands, Bluemoon Dreams, Moondog Matinee, Mystery Garden, Silver Moon These were from period 1989 - 1995

So time went by, but by summer 1998 another band was formed, Spring Jester, that recorded a couple of EP’s, Awakening and Carnival. They received positive concert and record reviews in media and broadcasting, but members different musical preferences led to band break up once again.

Paralell to Spring Jester, Erik Olaus had a side project band Moon Flowers with two of earlier Honeymoon Ruin members, Frank Pedersen and Morten Smørholm. They recorded one EP Moonflowers.

In the year 2000 and into 2001, Erik Olaus did a solo project under the name Moon Illusion, and recorded the CD ‘Estranged’ (Illusion Records 2002), where he did the vocals and all the instruments with the exception of drums on three tracks, those being done by Markus Scholz from earlier Spring Jester, and before that, the band Potempkin.
Reviews in the media commented it as: moody underground rock, and moody tristesse.

Then, in 2003, the band Paynbird was formed! See website www.paynbird.com for more information

They recorded the EP ‘Veil’ (Illusion Records)2003)
A full CD ‘The Street Of Seven Stars’ (Illusion Records 2005)
and the CD: ‘Escatosophia’ (Illusion Records 2012)

Their albums were highly acclaimed (positively received) in the music press

They were regulars at national broadcasting programs, especially the ones focusing more on new bands in the genre of indie rock and underground. They were several times invited and being interviewed by Harald Are Lund, the Norwegian answer to BBC’s John Peel!

In the spring and summer of 2008, Paynbirds music was being promoted to many large cities in the USA, among them were Los Angeles, Phoenix and Denver, as their music was used by Utah Office of Tourism on national TV broadcasting to promote the state for tourism!

Their music was also used in a series of programs on national Norwegian TV broadcasting.

Now the year 2021 has come along and……. new things are coming…-…

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Bluemoon Dreams Vokal, gitar
Honeymoon Ruin Gitar, vokal
Moonflowers (Bergen) Gitar, vokal
Paynbird Gitar, bass, tangenter, vokal, perkusjon
Spring Jester Gitar, vokal