Norwegian old school rock/new wave outfit "Fristaten" (translates into "The Free State") was formed in 2015 in Oslo, Norway featuring guitarist Steinar Lien, bass player Terje Wold and drummer Lars Sørum.
The rise of the band came from humble beginnings after guitarist Morten Reitan abandoned the notorious "Hüsker Dü" cover band "Süger Dü" leaving the 3 remaining members stranded in the basement. Not lost for material, Steinar and Terje dug into their 40 year portfolio of unreleased pop songs and created their new sound influenced by the mentioned Minnesota punk icons and a general heartfelt love for all things "Bob Mould", "Hoodoo Gurus" and "The Replacements". The string of tunes that came out of this process will be released in june 2018 on the self-titled album "Fristaten" ending something that started more than 30 years back when - in their hometown of Trondheim - Steinar and Terje was prominent in the band "The Spacecakes" whilst drummer Lars was busy with the also Trondheim based punk rock outfit Acid Dönk. "The Spacecakes" dissolved in 1991 and Lars - who was between bands - joined Steinar playing in pop bands "Salman" and "Poplins". Later Lars moved on with pop band "American Suitcase" where he featured on several of their albums for the next two decades whilst Steinar and Terje were still writing pop songs. With the formation of "Fristaten" these songs were translated onto vinyl in "Propeller Studios" in Oslo and released during the spring of 2018.