The Norwegian rock trio Ungdomskulen has gone by several names — including Standing Ovation, Thundersome and Goddamnit — before it settled on its current moniker, which means “youth school” in their native tongue.
“We were like, ‘Well, we’re a Norwegian band, so we should have a Norwegian name, right?’ ” recalls singer-guitarist Kristian Jan Erik Stockhaus, 26. “One day it just popped out — how about Ungdomskulen? That was basically it.
“We had really only played the Bergen (Norway) circuit, so we figured we wouldn’t lose any fans by changing the name. So we changed it again and decided ‘This is it.’ ”
Stockhaus says he and his bandmates — bassist Frode Kvinge Flatland and drummer Oyvind Solheim — credit their mothers for putting the group together. All three moved to Bergen after they attended university, where they had played in bands together, but one didn’t know the other was in the same town.
“Me and Frode didn’t really have contact,” Stockhaus says, “and then his mother told my mother that he’d also moved to Bergen, and my mother said, ‘You should give Frode a call.’ And then Oyvind’s mother called my mother and said he was moving to Bergen, so she said, ‘Maybe you should give him a call’ again, and we didn’t have a drummer yet ...
“So that all of us are playing together is because of our moms. It’s their fault!”
Ungdomskulen performs with Carjack and Wildcatting Saturday (Jan. 26) at the Pike Room inside the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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