|Click Clack, The Tempo Toppers
Flipside Records, FRCD003
The Tempo Toppers have been a part of the Norwegian garage, rock 'n' roll and rockabilly scene for many years. Since 1987, these four Oslo guys with guitars, bass and drums have been "tempotopping" their merciless rock 'n' roll, live as well as on the Norwegian garage label "That's Entertainment Records". All band members have a past with different other Norwegian bands of the seventies and eighties, among them The Act, Willy B. Review, Jydske Rev and Frank Aleksandersen Band.
The Tempo Toppers play a varied selection of rare obscurities from bygone days, mixed with fresh home-made stuff. The music spans from garage and instrumentals to straight-forward rock 'n' roll and rockabilly. The Tempo Toppers appear in two different versions based on the same music. The Tempo Toppers "Light" is an almost unplugged approach with a minimal drum-kit and brushes, backing acoustic bass and guitars. Or you can have them in their classic line up with full electric blow-out.
However it is the "tempotopped", all-electric rock 'n' roll energy that is the hallmark of The Tempo Toppers' live performances. This energy has now been canned on their brand new first CD: "Click Clack", released by the small Norwegian Rockabilly label Flipside Records. The CD contains 16 of the band's Party-rockers.
The "Click Clack" CD reflects what the band has been doing from the very beginning, giving their own touch to selected obscure covers. At the same time their own material strengthen the feeling of a playful rock 'n' roll band with no need to strictly stick to the original style. Previously, the Tempo Toppers has released two vinyl EP's on "That's Entertainment Records", as well as contributed to collection albums on the same label.
The Tempo Toppers are busier than ever and last year they played electric at Working Class Hero Festival (Drammen) and "light" at Musikkens Dag (two appearences at Oslo music festival). They also played at many clubs in the greater Oslo area. The Tempo Toppers is the band for those of you who like up-tempo, high-energy rock 'n' roll...
The Tempo Toppers official homepage contains a lot more information about the band and upcoming events, as well as an opportunity to listen to real audio samples from the new CD "Click Clack" and previous releases. The future of The Tempo Toppers looks bright: good reviews for "Click Clack" and a lot of gigs to look forward to.
The Tempo Toppers are: