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Norway (2006 – present)

Harrys gym (sometimes misspelled as Harry’s Gym) is a Norwegian group. The band consists of Anne Lise Frøkedal (vocals, guitar), Erlend Ringseth (keyboard), Bjarne Stensli (drums), and Ole Myrvold (bass guitar). The band was formed in 2006, and released their debut album, Harrys Gym, in October 2008.

All four band members were previously a part of Dharma, along with Ole Øvstedal, former guitarist of Euroboys. In 2004 they released the album Dreamland, Baby to positive reviews. Vocalist Anne Lise Frøkedal wrote two of the songs for the album, the rest were provided by Øvstedal. “We were young … maybe we were naïve”, drummer Bjarne Stensli later said of the album; “the band was unfinished, it sounded strange”.

In a 2004 interview, Frøkedal mentioned a distinct difference in songwriting style between herself and Øvstedal.These differences eventually led to Øvstedal’s departure. Bassist Ole Myhrvold later referred to it as “a musical divorce”. The remaining four members decided to stay together and reformed under a new name, “Harrys gym”. Whereas the name “Dharma” had been inspired by the novel The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, the new band was named after an abandoned fitness center in the same building as their rehearsal space. The band deliberately omitted the possessive apostrophe from the name, to adhere to Norwegian grammatical rules. According to Frøkedal, Harrys gym is a “more pure pop band” than Dharma, with a “cleaner and more stringent sound”.

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