Laconic Zero founded 2004 and started as a one-man project with bass-guitar player and composer Trond Harald Jensen (member of Mindy Misty and Next Life).
Composing music on the Commodore 64 combined with distorted bass-guitar , formed into a duo in 2007 when Magnus Husum from Far From Tellus joins the band on synth/impro. Laconic Zero was October 2006 in Manhattan; New York and recorded the first album together with guitarist Dag Sølvberg (aka Murky X's and HEX film) and the producer Kramer from Shimmy Disc.
Album released August 2007 by the Oslo indie-label Handmade Records and digital released by Second Shimmy.
Past live-shows among others includes Monkey Town, Brooklyn New York (w/Ofri Cnaani), Revolver in Oslo (support for Lightning Bolt), Academy of arts in Oslo (pip show VII w/Next Life, Aleksander Rishaug and more..) and blå grotte in Fredrikstad (w/Linn Halvorsrød and more..)
Review of Tribeca Album written by Chris Sharp, The Wire Magazine
THE WIRE "2007 Rewind" January 2008
Handmade Records CD
Reviewed by Chris Sharp
Laconic Zero is the impressively focused solo project of Norwegian bassist
Trond Harald Jensen. He brings taut, distorted basslines of the kind once favoured by Midwestern post-punk outfit Die Kreuzen together with aggresively basic drum machine patterns and a cascade of computer game sound effects;
not the most immediately appealing of combinations, but the end result is thrillingly direct. The 19 tracks that make up this debut album release have a total running time of just 35 minutes, whis is a fair indication of Jensen's smash and grab approach. Frankly, there's little to distinguish one song from the next, although guest guitarist Dag Sølvberg offers fizzing power chords and the occasional bratty solo to broaden the sonic spectrum just a little. But for the most part, this is breathless, stripped down 8-bit hardcore, which should appeal to headbanging fans of Atari Teenage Riots, Ministry, et al.