Five Minutes With

MUSIC FEATURE: Five Minutes With…Bokassa

Photo Credit: Kenneth Sporsheim

Norway’s rising stoner punks Bokassa are back with their brand new album Molotov Rocktail, delivering their captivating mix of stoner, metal, sludge and punk rock in their own unique style. We caught up with lead vocalist/guitarist Jørn Kaarstad following the release, to discuss his first musical memory, the band’s formation, influences, future plans and more. 

Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself and your band.

We are Bokassa, a Norwegian stoner punk trio who fuse punk rock with riffs from the stoner/sludge and metal world. We have released three albums, several EPs, and toured all over Norway and Europe. 

How did the band form and how long have you been together?

We formed in 2013, and released our first official EP War On Everything in 2015, and our debut in 2017. 

Can you remember the first time you realised you wanted to make music?

Probably the first time I saw a picture of Slash. Don’t know if I knew I wanted to make music, but I knew I wanted to play guitar. 

Who and what are the band’s main influences?

Probably a lot of the 90s punk rock bands like Bad Religion, Dwarves, and NOFX mixed with stoner bands like Fu Manchu, Clutch, Monster Magnet. And probably some Entombed influences in there as well!

What do you aim to achieve as a band?

Our main goal is to make a Spinal Tap-meets-The Office kind of mockumentary about the band, and then to win an Emmy for that show. With a fresh Emmy award in hand it will be easier for us to get other roles, for example supporting characters in TV shows like What We Do In The Shadows

For those who are yet to see you live, what can they expect from a Bokassa show?

A highly energetic fun rock show!

What’s next for Bokassa?

Our new album Molotov Rocktail  just came out last week! The Molotov Rocktail tour starts 10th September in Norway and in October we come to Europe and the UK! The UK tour runs 13th – 22nd October, with our new pals Florence Black. Come!

Molotov Rocktail is out now via Napalm Records, available to stream or purchase in various formats HERE

See Bokassa live on tour with Florence Black at one of the following dates:

October 2021

Wed 13th – SOUTHAMPTON – Engine Rooms
Thu 14th – MANCHESTER – Rebellion 
Sat 16th – DUBLIN – Grand School 
Sun 17th – BELFAST – Voodoo
Tue 19th – GLASGOW – Audio 
Wed 20th – WOLVERHAMPTON – KK’s Steel Mill 
Thu 21st – CARDIFF – The Globe 
Fri 22nd – LONDON – Underworld 

Tickets are on sale HERE

A 20-something year old journalist and freelance PR often found at a gig, a festival or holding a dictophone to a band and asking them all kinds of questions. I'm a sucker for whiskey and vinyl.