In February 2014, Highasakite released their second full-length album, Silent Treatment. It was a mix of unusual, dark and occasionally anthemic pop music, tied together by the voice of lead singer Ingrid Helene Håvik. It topped the Norwegian album charts on its release but, incredibly, it then went on to stay in the Top 40 for a record 94 consecutive weeks, breaking Odd Børretzen and Lars Martin Myhre’s previous record.
The initial success of Silent Treatment was welcome but unexpected. “I can remember it coming in at number one and being overwhelmed by that, and that it had stayed for two weeks at number one. Normally you go in at number one and drop out the second week. We stayed for two weeks at number one. That was insane,” says guitarist Kristoffer Lo. Although it did drop out of the charts for the first time, it re-entered at the end of 2015.
After nearly two years in the Top 40, the scale of their achievement has not disappeared. “It’s pretty surreal. It’s sort of hard to grasp in a way. Of course, we’re overwhelmingly happy and proud. It’s just really, really awesome,” says Lo.
This spring, the band returns to England with shining new material. Some singles have already been released, among them “Someone Who’ll Get It”, which SYN enews described as a “dark and ominous soundscape”. In the review they wrote that the band “soar with uninhibited triumph. The sweet, deep and contrasting sounds by vocalist Ingrid Helene Havik, untangle a light of new direction that sees maturity meet depth.” Norway’s largest newspaper, VG, also gave a prasing review for the single. According to the paper, “Someone Who’ll Get It” is a “brilliant and intelligent pop song”.
Before their concert in London on 24 May, Highasakite plays at The Great Escape in Brighton on 19 May and at The Deaf Institute in Manchester on 23 May.