Lysne is a one-man skate punk band from western Norway. Like many of us, he came to punk music through Green Day, specifically the music video for “Basket Case” when it was released in 1994 (i.e. back when MTV actually still aired music videos). He cites some of his other influences as Bad Religion, The Toy Dolls, The Misfits, NOFX, and Blink-182, though he says he strives to create his own style.
Lysne’s lyrics are in Norwegian, sung with a west Norwegian accent, and written about everyday things. This self-description of his style is reflected in his newest track “Det E Sommar” (transl: “It’s Summer”), which starts off with a bang and immediately drops into a classic, quintessential pick slide. It’s an engaging old-school skate punk track with running bass, a guitar that clips along, and lively drumming. The different sections of the track are simple yet distinct enough to feel well thought out. There’s the pre-chorus with its syncopated vocal and parallel drum part, an instrumental interlude with an unassuming, charming guitar solo, and the anthemic sing-along chorus. We certainly hear 90s skate punk and can totally imagine Tony Hawk shredding some 540s to this at an X Games.
As captioned on Lysne’s Soundcloud, “Det E Sommar” is about “relaxing and having a great time in the summer holiday,” which also entails, of course, playing guitar and drinking beer. Even for those of us who don’t speak Norwegian, the enthusiasm and levity Lysne imbues in his music is obvious. So, turn this feel-good tune on for your buds when you host the next punk rock pool party.
Lynse - Det E Sommar