The Band Famous
TBF aka The Band Famous [The Band Famous®] is an alternative rock group with soul EDM infusions. Most recently, the Band Famous has been labeled a trip hop duo with their release "Emotional Scatter". Zander and Norell are the current active members of the band.
The Band Famous came to life in 2013 when they filmed their own birth featuring spontaneous improvised music at the first meeting of founding members Zander and Norell with Terrance Clifford. Their debut album, Last Words, is an album of entirely improvised material, which was released in the form of an interactive app, available for iOS and Android.
Excerpt taken from Music Reporter Jay Gabler of Minnesota Public Radio and 89.3 FM The Current:
“…The Band Famous, who somehow managed to form live on the Internet, that’s right…it’s like they filmed their own birth…they made an interactive app by which they released their album… The more I read, the more surprised I was… They came together a couple of years ago in MN, they were all here in MN, and they all play music, they all make art, they also are all software developers… and actually some of the music from that initial jam session went on their debut (extended) EP ‘Last Words’ which was released - wait for it - not on vinyl or via iTunes or any of the conventional ways of releasing music, but via an app - because they’re all software developers, right? They made an interactive app by which they released their album…[The music?] It’s dreamy, it’s spacey…. I think people… will find a lot to enjoy, a lot of familiar, and ambient sounds… the whole thing is improvised by the way, all of their music to date has been entirely improvised…”
- Jay Gabler with David Campbell on The Local Show on 89.3 FM The Current
“'Climax,’ a track on the Band Famous’s debut EP Last Words, was taken from that initial improv session. The band finished their initial release over a subsequent series of improv sessions—with Norell singing, Terry largely handling production duties, and all three members playing multiple instruments—and released the dreamy, synth-laden EP as a ‘smart album’ in the form of an app. The app, which also features a game and videos, can now be downloaded for free on your iPhone or iPad (search “Band Famous” in the app store)”
- Jay Gabler, Editor and Writer with Minnesota Public Radio | 89.3FM The Current
“He (Zander) is also a contributing member in The Band Famous, adding violin to synthesizers to their EDM sound, and unveiled a new body art installment for their debut performance, body painting at the Love Monster Famous App Release Party on Friday the 13th, this June.”
"The Band Famous – “Emotional Scatter” (PREMIERE)
Self-produced trip-hop group the Band Famous exist to uplift you, even if they sound a bit wacky when they do. They may not be self-actualized enough to dispense good advice, but their new single “Emotional Scatter” tries, dammit. Directed by TBF members Norell and Zander, the video tries to play motivational speaker, but when the band mixes in goofy lyrics and a mooning gnome toy, it’s hard to take them totally seriously. Which might be the point: Stop taking yourself so seriously and enjoy the jam. TBF will be performing their new record Awakening in full on November 30. Follow them on social media to get the deets on the location and the streaming info."
— Jerard Fagerberg, writer with City Pages, October, Minnesota Monthly Magazine, and Star Tribune.
Björk, Massive Attack, Blue Man Group, KLF, Portishead, Fiona Apple, Trent Reznor, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Prince, INXS, Lots of Classic Rock! Mozart, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and more.
Artists We Also Like:
All of the above plus No Doubt, Boards of Canada, Spoon, Arctic Monkeys, Nine Inch Nails, Muse, Vitalic, Atmosphere, Blondie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Beastie Boys, Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, and many more!
Genres: Alternative and Trip Hop
As lovers of improv, TBF's sounds permeate through many genres including Alternative, Progressive, Rock, Pop, Industrial, Electronic, Acoustic, Soul, EDM, and more.
Past collaborators include musicians Edwin P. Scherr and Terrance Clifford aka Terry.
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Current Location: Los Angeles, CA