Airbag A Day in the Studio/Unplugged in Oslo pre-order available now!

Airbag’s new album, A Day in the Studio/Unplugged in Oslo, is available for pre-order now! Signed copies available exclusively from the official Airbag web shop. The album and DVD will be out on December 3rd.

Most of our songs start out on an acoustic guitar and it’s always been about the melodies that go into making a great song. Since we never got to tour our latest album, “A Day at the Beach” due to the pandemic, going back into the studio with just acoustic guitars gave us the chance to revisit those songs.

We really didn’t intend for it to be more than a lockdown session, which everyone was doing at the time, but it sounded really good, with slightly different arrangements and all three of us singing. So we ended up with two sessions and digging deep into our catalogue to find songs that fit really well with the new stuff.

Mixed by Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes and filmed by Eirik Stordrange, tracklisting for “A Day in the Studio” is as follows:

Machines and Men (A Day at the Beach)
Sunsets (A Day at the Beach)
Into the Unknown (A Day at the Beach)
Come on In (previously unreleased)
Colours (Identity – cd/vinyl only)
Sounds That I Hear (Identity – cd/vinyl only)

Airbag Identity Special Edition out now!

The Identity Special Edition is out now! The digi sleeve and jewel case CD are available for order at Karisma Records and your favourite retailer. The vinyl is expected to be available in early August due to a delay at the pressing plant.

We’re very excited to bring you the ultimate sonic experience of our 2009 debut album, with Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes’ 2012 remix and a brand new mastering by Jacob Holm-Lupo. The vinyl feature for the first time the originally intended artwork. Both the CD and vinyl feature a 12-page booklet with liner notes by the band and never before seen images from the era.

180g white vinyl reissues and t-shirts out now!

180g white reissues of Lullabies in a Car Crash and Forever Comes to an End is now available. Both albums are delivered with original artwork and white vinyl with the original masters.

The signed pre-orders are out of stock but the albums are available from all major retailers and your local record shop. Also available from the official Bjørn Riis Bandcamp page and my record label Karisma Records.

There are two new t-shirts available to commemorate the releases, with new designs based on original album artwork. Order from Karisma Records.

Airbag – A Day in the Studio, Unplugged in Oslo

Airbag has released a 23mins video of the band performing four tracks in an acoustic session filmed and recorded in December 2020. Three tracks are taken from the bands latest album, A Day at the Beach, while the fourth is a previously unreleased song, Come on In, dating back to 2004.

Two more songs were recorded for a release on DVD, vinyl and CD later this year.

Airbag – A Day in the Studio was recorded and mixed at Subsonic Society in Oslo, Norway by Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes and filmed and edited by Eirik Stordrange.

Watch the video on Airbag’s official YouTube channel.

New single, Desolate Place, out now!

My new single, Desolate Place, is out now on stream and digital download. Inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic, the lyrics deals with the emotions we’re all going through, with social distancing, worry and not being able to live our lives the way we’re used to.

The song was written and recorded in my home recording studio a over a short weekend in September. It was a rewarding experience to be able to create something new and I wanted to release the track as a stand-alone single. Something I’ve never done before.

Together with long-time collaboartor Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes we came up with a dark and haunting atmosphere that was fitting for the theme of the song. The track is mixed by Vegard and mastered by Henning Bortne at Oslo Mastering.

Inspired by the lyrics, I shot the cover photo at a train station just minutes from where I live.

Stream or download Desolate Place here on your preferred platform.

New album from Marco Ragni featuring me on guitar out now!

Marco Ragni If

I’ve had the pleasure of contributing guitar on If, the new album from Italian singer/songwriter Marco Ragni. I’m featured on five of the songs – Tales of Ordinary Madness, Engulfed, If I Could Tell You, Carnival of Ghosts and The Kingdom Fails.

This is the second time I’ve played with Ragni. The first being on his 2019 release Oceans of Thought.

CD version available for order at Marco Ragni’s offical Bandcamp page.

New album in 2021!

I’m super excited to announce that I’ve signed a new two-album record deal with Karisma Records! We’ve had some very positive and productive years together and I’m looking forward to further developing that relationship.

I’m also happy to announce that I’m starting the recording sessions for my fourth full-length solo album, and the follow-up to last years A Storm is Coming, this weekend! Follow the process this autumn and winter here and on all my social media channels.

Next year will also see the re-release of Lullabies in a Car Crash and Forever Comes to an End. Both on white 180g vinyl and with original artwork. More details to follow.

AND, there’s yet another surprise that I’ll reveal very soon!

A Day at the Beach out now!

Airbag A Day at the Beach

At last! Our new album, A Day at the Beach, is out now on CD, vinyl and digital!

A Day at the Beach is released on Norwegian prog label KARISMA RECORDS, recorded at Subsonic Society and Airbag Studio in Oslo, Norway, featuring contributions by Kristian Hultgren (Wobbler) and Ole Michael Bjørndal (Oak).

The album is mixed by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes and produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis. Front cover photo by Forker Fotos – Anne-Marie Forker Photography, with graphic design by Asle Tostrup.

Be sure to stop by Airbag’s Facebook page for stories from the recording sessions, insights on the songs and other news in the next coming weeks!

New album by The Opium Cartel featuring me on guitar out now!

I’m very proud to be featured on Valor, the brand new album by The Opium Cartel and multi instrumentalist Jacob Holm-Lupo. I’m playing guitar on two tracks, A Maelstrom of Stars and A Question of Re-Entry.

The album is available on CD, vinyl and digital download. Visit web shop here.

Jacob Holm-Lupo is a founding member of Norwegian prog band White Willow and has been mastering albums for both me and Airbag.