I decided to check the musical scene
once I arrived in Bergen. The first place I visited was the mytical Apollon Bar
, opened since 1976. You could feel the atmosphere of the typical place where the locals go for a couple of beers to have a good time. I was received by David Bowie
on the loudspeakers, and with a pint of norweigian draft in hand I enjoyed the good selection of rock n’ roll and the vast variety of local and foreign beers at a relative good price
(for the super high bergen standard it was fine). A pint of draft beer costs around 70 NOK, which is around 9 dollars. The bar is also a store where you can buy LP’s of rock n’ roll bands of all times.
The next day I visited the Garage Club
because rumors said this bar is usually frequented by the local metal musicians.
I wasn’t lucky to see anyone that particular day. In terms of prices the bar is quite friendly, a pint of draft was 62 NOK and the Bulmers English Cider, much in demand here was 86 NOK.
The basement of the bar has a concert area
and that night two local groups played. The first group was Razorbats
. From the first riffs I was hooked by his 90's melodic punk style
, they brought to mind discs like Against the Grain and Not Control of Bad Religion and certain hard rock sort of style
finished giving the identity to the music of razorbats. The energy on stage and the connection with the audience was excellent from the beginning, I was able to chant the easy choruses and despite of the obvious language barrier in the interactions with the audience, I shouted like any other in the venue.
Personally I recommend his second and most recent album: Razorbats II.