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.

Live at John Dee, Oslo Norway

Bjørn Riis - John Dee Oslo 2015

The first show as a solo artist was a huge success! We all had a great evening and the crowd – packed house – was magical and gave us all the inspiration and energy we could possibly wish for!

Oak (Norway) started the night with a great set. This was a first for many in the audience and they liked what they heard. After a quick change-over, we started with A New Day and played the whole Lullabies album. It was an amazing experience to play the new songs and listen to the awesome band behind me!

We did Airbag’s Greatest Show on Earth and Never Coming Home as well. The latter in a slightly different version than what we usually do with Airbag, featuring some beautiful guitar work from Ole.

For the encores, I’d invited Jørgen Hagen and Anders Hovdan from Airbag to join me on Colours and Homesick. The crowd went nuts and I think we played the longest version of Homesick ever!

A huge thanks to my band mates Henrik Fossum (drums), Ole Michael Bjørndal (guitar), Simen Valldal Johannessen (keys) and Vegard Sleipnes (bass) for doing a great job! Now we’re looking forward to play in Helmond (Holland) in a month!

My home recording studio

Bjorn Riis - My Home Recording Studio

I write all my music and record the demos in my home studio. Most of Lullabies in a Car Crash was also recorded and mixed here. It’s a pretty basic setup in a small room but it serves its purpose. The simplicity of it allows me to focus on the important things.

In this feature I’ll let you into my home recording studio and share some tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years. I’m by no means a professional record producer. I’m constantly learning and I think what’s important, above anything, is to spend a lot of time experimenting and exploring the full potential of the gear you own. All sorts of fancy mics and plugins won’t make your songs better.

Please feel free use the comments field under the article for sharing your tips and experiences.

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Lullabies gear guide

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I had great fun recording guitars for Lullabies in a Car Crash. I got to explore new sounds and write stuff for guitar that I hadn’t done earlier. Most of the guitars, both electric and acoustic, was recorded in my home studio. The bigger sounds, mostly the solos, were recorded in the Airbag studio, where I have the big setup. I also used a POD a lot. I don’t really care how I get the tones and long as I get what I need for that specific part.

In this feature I’ll share some insights from the sessions and you get to see all the gear used on the album. There’s also a detailed list of all the pedals and effects used on each song and part.

Read the Lullabies in a Car Crash gear guide now.

Live in Oslo, Norway February 27 2015!

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We’ll be performing Lullabies in a Car Crash in my home town in February! Can’t wait to get back to John Dee – a venue I’ve played at several times with Airbag.

The evening will be very special indeed, with the fantastic Oak (Norway) opening the ball and I’m also extremely excited to announce that there will also be a small Airbag “reunion” so DON’T MISS OUT!

Tickets are available through billettservice.no

Live in Helmond, Netherlands, April 11 2015!

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I’m really excited to announce that we’ll be performing Lullabies in a Car Crash in Helmond on April 11 2015! We’ll be playing at the wonderful Cacaofabriek – a venue I’ve had the pleasure of visiting earlier this year with Airbag.

Please note that there are no plans for a European tour. Although we are looking into other venues, Helmond might be the only place you’ll get to see us in Central Europe this year. We plan on making this show special so don’t miss out!

Tickets are now available through ticketlab.nl.

Lullabies in a Car Crash out now!

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At last! Lullabies in a Car Crash is out today! After a year of writing, recording, producing and waiting it feels awesome to finally being able to share the result with you! I’m exhausted, proud and very excited!

Although there are varying dates in some territories, the album is available word wide today – both physically and digitally. I urge everyone to spread the word and if there’s still record stores left in your city, be sure to demand that they stock the album! The album is also available here in my web shop. We can’t meet the prices of international retailers but know that this is the best way to support me and future releases. Here’s a list of a some of the other places you can order from:

iTunes (world)
Amazon.Com (world)
BurningShed.Com (UK, world)
Rockserwis.pl (Poland)
Platekompaniet (Norway)
Big Dipper (Norway)

I’ll be posting features on how the album album was recorded and in depth analysis of all the guitar stuff. Stay tuned!

Pre-order Lullabies!

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At last! You can now pre-order my new album, Lullabies in a Car Crash! The album will be out November 3rd but if you hurry, I’ll sign each and every pre-order. Head on over to the store now and get or CD or vinyl… or both!

I’m excited to announce that we’re now taking pre-orders, which means that it’s getting closer to official release! There’s a limited edition CD digisleeve (or vinyl replica) and a double 180g vinyl, with gatefold cover.

Lullabies in a Car Crash is produced with focus on old school mentality. Whereas albums today tend to be more about maximizing the volume, I believe that music should be experienced with the best possible sound quality and ideally with a pair of good headphones. For both the CD and vinyl, we’ve done what we can to maintain a headroom in the mix and also done the mastering on tape, which ensures a natural compression and warmth to the music.