| 2000 – present|
Bergen, Norway (2000)
| Young Aspiring Professionals (current), Dim Mak Records (former)|
Kevin O'Brien, Tom Mæland, Ketil Mosnes, Tarjei Strøm
Fredrik Saroea, Kjetil Møster, Tarjei Strøm
Electronics in rock music, Dance-punk, Post-punk revival
Datarock Datarock, Red, See What I Care, California EP, Mixed Up
Datarock is a Norwegian electronic rock band. The band, known for wearing red jumpsuits, formed in 2000. Original personnel were Fredrik Saroea, Ketil Mosnes and Kevin O'Brien, who soon hired Tom Mæland. O'Brien and Mæland later left the band, but the duo of Saroea and Mosnes continued the project.
Their name is derived from the Norwegian word for computer – datamaskin and the word rock (meaning rock music made on a computer).
The band has released three EPs and their debut album, Datarock Datarock, was released in 2005 in 10 countries on the band's own label, YAP (Young Aspiring Professionals), receiving favourable reviews, especially in the UK. They made an appearance in Australia's Triple J Hottest 100 with the single "Computer Camp Love" in 2005, placing at #12. Fredrick has commented that Australia was the only country to pick up Datarock early aside from their homeland. This song was #88 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.
Their song "Fa-Fa-Fa" was featured in a Coca-Cola advert, and is also featured in "Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective", NHL 08, FIFA 08, and NBA Live 08. It also appears in The Sims 2: Free Time, and The Sims' video team was asked to create a custom music video for "Fa-Fa-Fa." Another one of their songs, "New Song," is featured in Madden NFL 08. In addition, "I Used To Dance With My Daddy" is featured in UEFA Euro 2008 and Need For Speed: ProStreet (only remix version), also "True Stories" is featured in FIFA 09. Datarock is also featured in FIFA 10 with "Give it Up."
Datarock was also featured in an Apple advertisement for the fourth generation iPod Nano. The ad showed the song "Fa-Fa-Fa" playing on an orange iPod Nano. The coverart for Datarock Datarock was also shown. "Fa-Fa-Fa" is also featured as a free premium track on the iPhone/iPod Touch game Tap Tap Revenge 3.
Fredrik Saroea also has solo aspirations and has recorded several individual tracks, including a duet with fellow Norwegian pop-star Annie for the song "I Will Always Remember You," which has been included on later presses of the band's debut LP.
Datarock's song "True Stories," featuring lyrics made up entirely of Talking Heads song titles, is featured as a promotional download in MP3 format from The Sims 3.
Their song "Dance" was used in an episode of the MTV reality show Jersey Shore.
Their song "Amarillion" was used in a key scene in the Chuck episode Chuck Vs. The Nacho Sampler.
Their song "Fa-Fa-Fa" was used in an episode of the Comedy Central series, Workaholics.
Their song "Fa-Fa-Fa" was also used by Google to promote their new "Material Design" language on the newest version of their Android mobile operating system.Current members
Fredrik Saroea (born 31 August 1976) – vocals, guitars, drums, keyboards (2000–present)
Kjetil Møster – saxophone, percussion, keyboards, vocals (2000–present)
Adrian Meehan – drums (2000–present)
Thomas Larssen (born 20 December 1979) - bass guitar (also plays in the band Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band) (2010–present)
Kevin O'Brien – vocals (2000)
Tom Mæland – keyboards (2000–2003)
Ketil Mosnes – bass, programming, keyboards, backing vocals (2000–2010)
Tarjei Strøm – drums (also plays in the band Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band) (2009–2014)
Datarock Datarock (2005)
The Musical (2015)
Demo/Greatest Hits (2002)
See What I Care (2007)
Roller Coaster (2011)
The Underground* (2013)
Fa-Fa-FaDatarock Datarock · 2005Datarock Wikipedia
Computer Camp LoveDatarock Datarock · 2005
I Used To Dance With My DaddyDatarock Datarock · 2005