It was no denying that Gjöhórírk were destined for the Hall of Fame. To this day, their debut album holds the record for Most Returned Copies, and their CD single Horticultural won the Best Newcomer in the National Dog Chew Toy Awards in 1996. They were on the path to stardom.
However, their 1999 album Life saw the band abandon traditional songwriting structures, on the search for a unique sound.
The multi-layered guitars of Karyn Fishburn and Jed Rammenstunk now worked together, filling out the space around Tog Muldridge’s ethereal vocals, and bassist Cary Hilp paid more attention to the harmonic progressions of each song. It even seemed that drummer Nik Stugl had learned what a time signature was.
Multiple music academics drew comparisons between the band’s new work and that of electronic duo Jâgèñflürg. Gjöhórírk collectively denied all of this, stating that they had never listened to any other band in an attempt to define a new sound, refusing to be influenced by external sources, and then proceeded to sue Jâgèñflürg for stealing their ideas 25 years in advance. Despite losing the case, it sparked a public fascination with precognitive crime especially in television, eventually leading directly to the Great Psychic Detective Epidemic of 2007.
Interesing Fact: The band changed their name from Gjohorirk to Gjöhórírk.