2003 – present (15 years)
Bodø, Nordland, Norway
It was chance that brought the Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson together. It was having nothing better to do that made them make music.
Meeting while attending studies in Bodø, Norway in the fall of 2003, the idea of forming a band quickly emerged. School days were short; the sultry city too far away, and there wasn’t all that much else to do. Drummer Morfar, being the most experienced, was the most eager. Toby and Jerry both had guitars. Audi bought a bass. They had a band and didn’t know what to call it. Toby picked up the line “nude pictures of Florence Henderson” on a TV-show. Nude became youth and they had a name.
Rehearsing in a converted, yellow bomb shelter, YPOFH made songs about Geranimo, wedding lists, drugs, optimist sailing teams and driving all night. Some were poppy, some punk, some long and dreamy, and some just plain awful. Despite that, they were all recorded February 2004. Some came out ok. Some were still awful.
The song that came out the most ok was the long and dreamy “A list not to be read at your wedding”. National radio show for unsigned music, NRK Urørt, picked it up and declared it song of the week May 18th 2004, giving it daily rotation. YPOFH figured they were onto something and made more long and dreamy songs about prison life, the open blue sky, the weight in everything, of knowing when to take your hat off and of not taking your sweater off at all. They made a record and called it 'Unnoticeable in a tiny town, invisible in the city'. They recorded, produced, mixed and mastered it themselves in the yellow bomb shelter. They got signed.
The album was released May 21st 2005. With school over and the band members traveling separate ways, the plan was to put YPOFH on ice. If it hadn't been for the critics going bananas, they would probably have played together for the last time.
"Newcomers of the year", some said. "Album of the year", others exaggerated. Flattering nonetheless, YPOFH kept playing. That summer, they played Storåsfestivalen outside Trondheim. Meeting and rehearsing randomly, concerts were played throughout the fall and winter. February they appeared at By:larm.
They released a second and eponymous record, youth pictures of florence henderson on March 1st, 2010.
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