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Madrugada was a Norwegian rock band formed in the town of Stokmarknes 1992. The band members included Sivert Høyem (vocals), Robert Burås (guitar) and Frode Jacobsen (bass). After the death of Burås on July 12, 2007 Høyem and Jacobsen decided to finish recording their latest album. The album, entitled Madrugada, was released on January 21, 2008. After the release of the album the band announced they would split after one last tour. They performed their last ever concert on November 15, 2008 at Oslo Spektrum in Oslo-Norway. Madrugada formed in the town of Stokmarknes 1992. The band members included Frode Jacobsen (bass), Sivert Høyem (vocals), and Robert Burås (guitar).
Simen Vangen took over for Jon Lauvland Pettersen, a founding member of Madrugada; Lauvland Pettersen left the band after their second album (in 2002) and is currently playing in the band Milestone Refinery; Simen Vangen announced his leaving in 2005 and stated he wanted to focus on various jazz projects, things that did not fit together with being a member of Madrugada; however, he will continue to collaborate with Sivert Høyem in The Opposition.
Madrugada finished recording their fourth album – The Deep End – late in 2004 and it was released on February 28, 2005 in Norway, on March 31 in the rest of Europe and finally in the US on April 11. A radio single entitled "The Kids Are on High Street" was released for domestic radio play on January 14. A music video for the single was filmed in London.
On December 14, 2005, Madrugada released their first live album – Live at Tralfamadore. Tralfamadore is the fictional home planet of aliens from several novels by the American author Kurt Vonnegut. By the end of 2005 – less than a month after its release – it became the highest selling album in Norway in 2005 with The Deep End as the runner-up. The year was capped off with Madrugada winning three awards at the annual Spellemannprisen – the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammys. They won the categories for Best Rock Album, Best Song and Spellemann of the Year.
Afterwards, the band members started focusing on other projects. Sivert Høyem released his second solo album Exiles in 2006. Robert Burås and his band My Midnight Creeps released their second album Histamin in March, 2007.
On July 12, 2007, guitarist Robert Burås was found dead in his apartment in Oslo. He was 31 years old.
A new, self-titled album was released on January 21, 2008 after having released the single "Look Away Lucifer" on December 10, 2007. All tracks of the album were recorded before Robert Burås died. After his death, they continued recording the album to honour Robert. In the spring of 2008, Madrugada embarked on a tour throughout Europe and Norway, playing material from the Madrugada album as well as material from previous albums. In late October 2008, their farewell tour began. The 11th and final concert of their last tour was held in a sold out Oslo Spektrum November 15, 2008. Fanart Banner