Patrick Scantlebury Lead guitar, synth, Øyvind Sundstrøm Guitar, Stein Erik Svendheim Drums, Paul Mozart Bjørke Vocals & Bass(session)
Frantic Bleep from Norway was founded in November 2001 by Patrick Scantlebury (Guitars, synth), Øyvind Sundstrøm (Guitars) and Karl Arthur Renstrøm (Drums). The band wanted to combine their inspirations together and yet concentrate on a path that is their own and uniquely distinctive.
The group immediately began to write music, and in November 2002 they recorded four songs for their first (and only) demo CD called Fluctuadmission. During the recording Paul Mozart Bjørke (Vocals, Bass) joined the group as a studio member.
Describing the music of Frantic Bleep is not an easy task, as they mix a lot of influences with considerable creativity and a strong sense of melody while still retaining a high level of heaviness. Originality is a very important factor for the band and they contantly strive for dynamic and experimental songwriting. This ensures that no two songs will ever sound alike. Still, the music remains focused and chaos is never allowed to take control.
Although a first demo, the sound on Fluctuadmission was tight, elaborate and mature and was received with admirable excitement by both the press and fans alike.
Karl Arthur Renstrøm (Drums) left the band shortly before the recording sessions of The Sense Apparatus began, and Stein Erik Svendheim joined the fold. They soon got to work on the album in their home studio, painstakingly preparing the sounds for the optimum power and atmosphere. The hard work and effort has definitely not gone to waste. "The Sense Apparatus" shows enormous depth, originality and maturity for a band at such a formative stage. This band have gone from a demo to the finished article in a matter of months.
Frantic Bleep, as the band name indicates, is not your typical Black/Death metal band that Norway is normally associated with. They has been influenced by many different styles of music and it's nearly impossible to be able to pigeonhole their sound. Creativity and originality are two important factors in the band, but Frantic Bleep still keep the heaviness and attitude at a high level (and a bit of humour too..). Frantic Bleep has been compared to everything from Voivod to Madder Mortem, from Arcturus to Spiral Architect. How can a band have so many different influences and still stay focused? Well, your either very chaotic sounding or very original sounding, and in the case of Frantic Bleep they are definitely aiming for the latter option.