If you believe bloggers, journalists and people all around the world, Team Me from Norway is one of the hottest newcomers of 2011. And it all started out as an accidental success when Marius Hagen and his private, little side project Team Me ended up in a Norwegian national radio-battle for new and unsigned bands. Marius quickly had to get a band together and Team Me made their live debut in January 2010 at the finals of the contest. Marius ́ little secret is not so easy to
hide anymore. The world seems to fall in love with this six-piece indieband and their rich orchestrated music and unique live shows.
Still surprised by the attention the band started doing live shows and releasing singles which led into the Team Me EP that was released the winter of 2011 by Propeller Recordings. The EP, which received great reviews, peaked at # 92 on the American CMJ top 200 with a base of solid airplay on different American radio stations, as well as Norwegian and European radio.
2011 saw Team Me playing a lot of concerts at events like The Great Escape in Brighton, Club NME in London, Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg, Iceland Airwaves, Øyafestivalen, Berlin Independent Nights and many others. The band have also supported The Wombats for several tours in the UK, Europe and Scandinavia which has enabled them to create a strong fanbase at a very early stage of their career.
In May 2011 the band have recorded their debut album in Oslo, produced by Marius Hagen/Team Me and mixed by Mike Hartung. Many songs and numerous layers of sounds and instruments were recorded in a hectic five week period, resulting in the 10 songs on “To The Treetops!”
“To The Treetops!” was released in Norway the 14th of October with massive response in Norwegian media, many claiming this to be one of the best debut albums ever made by a Norwegian band. The band and the album also won 3 months later the Norwegian Grammy for "best pop group". The fairytale of this accidental and humble project of a band continues, suddenly selling out shows, doing national TV appearances and getting broad attention in media.
"Expect big things from Oslo’s Team Me" NME
"This fabulous sextet from Norway make Magic Numbers-like magic" Sunday Times
"Much admired six-piece from Norway who are beginning to attract a lot of attention - and rightly so - for their complex, majestic pop." "Q Magazine
“It is entirely possible that Team Me, has released this year's best Norwegian pop album” NRK Lydverket
“Simply the best Norwegian rock album of the year!” Aftenposten