Norwegian electro band Casiokids signs with Polyvinyl, preps for SXSW shows

Who knew those crummy little Casio keyboards everyone had in the late ’80s and early ’90s would turn out to be so influential?

Not only did they inspire the names of bands like Norwegian electro-pop group Casiokids (and also Chicago’s Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), their tinny beats and relatively primitive synthesizer functions resonate in the way the Norwegian band sounds.

Formed in 2005, Casiokids finally makes its U.S. debut with “Topp stemning på lokal bar” (which loosely translates to “Great vibe at local bar”), June 8 on Polyvinyl. Their songs are playing jams full of pulsing beats and swirls of bright, dance-ready synths, with dreamy lyrics often sung in Norwegian.

The group has toured with Hot Chip, and comes to the U.S. for at least six shows at South by Southwest next week, which are sure to get the indie-rock kids dancing. Catch them at various day parties, including Filter magazine’s party Friday at the Cedar Street Courtyard, and at the Polyvinyl showcase Saturday at Galaxy Room.

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(Photo by Pavla Kopecna)

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