Savoy (band)

Savoy (band)

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Savoy

Img_capt = 2004 lineup with (l-r) Lauren Savoy, Maya Vik, Frode Unneland, and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
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Origin = New York, USA
Genre = Alternative rockcite web
] Post-grunge
Years_active = 1994–present
Label = EMI Genepool Records Eleventeen Records
Warner Bros. Records
Universal Music
Associated_acts = a-ha
URL = [ Savoy homepage]
Current_members = Paul Waaktaar-Savoy Lauren Savoy Frode Unneland
Past_members = Greg Calvert
Maya Vik

Savoy is a Norwegian-American rock trio consisting of Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (famous from Norwegian band a-ha) (vocals/guitars/bass/keyboards), Lauren Savoy (vocals/guitars) and Frode Unneland (drums/percussion/backing vocals). The band was formed in 1994 and has released 5 albums to date.

Savoy, unlike Waaktaar-Savoy's other band a-ha, has a certain down-to-earth indie rock approach and quality to their music. All songs are composed by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and Lauren Savoy. Lauren herself is known as a film maker, and Frode Unneland is one of Norway's best drummers known from the Bergen music scene as drummer with Chocolate Overdose and Popium. He has also drummed for Norwegian pop sensation Sondre Lerche.

Savoy have achieved great critical success in Norway. They have been nominated for 3 Norwegian Grammy Awards (Spellemannprisen) and won two of them, in 2000 and 2002. Their most known hits include "Velvet" (also covered by a-ha), "Rain", "Star", "Grind You Down", "If You Won't Come to the Party" and "Whalebone" (from the soundtrack of the well-acclaimed Norwegian film "Hawaii, Oslo"). Savoy have sold a total of 200,000 albums.

On August 6, 2007, Savoy released "Savoy Songbook Vol. 1", a double-CD where CD2 is a "best of"-album with 14 tracks, and CD1 contains three new songs and seven re-worked versions of some of their older songs. It will work as an introduction to the band outside Norway (noting a possible worldwide release). The first single from this release, "Karma Boomerang", is one of the new tracks and was released on 13 April 2007. The second single has been announced to be "Best Western Beauty" but no release date is mentioned.

Savoy signed a UK deal with indie label Genepool Records. They are also back in the studio for the next album.

They are not to be confused with Savoy Brown or any other band called Savoy (Germany and Romania each have a band with the name Savoy).

Band members

Current members

*Paul Waaktaar-Savoy - Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
*Lauren Savoy - Vocals, guitar
*Frode Unneland - Drums, backing vocals

Guest musicians

*Greg Calvert - Bass (1995-1997)
*Geir Luedy - Bass (1997-1998)
*May Britt Vik - Bass (2004)
*Christer Ottesen - Bass (2004)
*Jørun Bøgeberg - Bass
*Preben Grieg-Halvorsen - Keyboards


tudio albums



External links

* [] Norwegian fan site
* [] German fan site

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