The up and coming Norwegian soul band Dark Roast was formed by Johan Helland and Audun Haave Reknes in 2016. With a great love for 70s soul music, catchy horn arrangements and energetic vocals they are an enjoyable live-band worth experiencing. The band released their first two singles 'Break' and 'Take the Son of a Bitch Down' during the summer of 2017. The third single ‘Seasons In Oslo’ came in the spring of 2018 before their debut album, ‘First Brew', was released in May. During the beginning of the pandemic situation, Dark Roast created and then recorded their second album, which is going to be released in 2021.
The band was established because Johan and Audun wanted to write and perform music inspired by great, traditional soul artists like Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye and James Brown, and combine it with a modern sound. They gathered a band, which included saxophone and trumpet as well as drums, bass, vocals, guitar and of course a bunch of vintage keys.
The summer of 2018, they had at their first Norwegian tour called "The First Brew Tour". Later on they have played live concerts continuously, amongst others at the club called Feber in Oslo every week until the pandemic arrived.
Johan Helland - vocals & compositions
Audun Haave Reknes - keys
Adrian Andresen - trumpet
Daniel Deltchev - saxophone
Markus Hafsund Gundersen - bass
Bård Jønland Berg - drums