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  • Writer's pictureMichael Bless

Ruphus- Manmade INTERVIEW

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk to two members of the most influential Norwegian Progressive Rock band, Ruphus. Guitarist Kjell Larsen and Bassist Asle Nilsen were kind enough to speak to me about their music and what life looks like for them, forty years after the band disbanded. We talked about their final album, Manmade, which just received a reissue thanks to the guys over at Karisma records, a Norwegian music label that specializes in progressive music.

The album, originally released in 1979, has many interesting stories behind it that Asle and Kjell were kind enough to tell me about. Recorded in a saw mill turned music studio in England, in only one week, still stands to this day as being a very fresh recording with very forward moving ideas. Listen to the interview below, the pilot episode of my new subseries/ potential podcast, Plastic Lizard: Uncovered, where we talk about albums with the people who released them, to gain a better understanding of what lays behind the music that we love.

A special thanks goes out to Kjell Larsen and Asle Nilsen for agreeing to do this interview and equal thanks for Karisma records for all of their help in making this a possibility. They have been a very nice connection to make and they really know how to run a label and gage interest in people.

Listen to the interview here:

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