|Birth Name||Andrew Robert Nielsen|
|Birth Date||October 6, 1982|
|Also Known As||MC Lars|
|Home Town||Berkeley, California|
|Genre|| Hip Hop |
Nerdcore Hip Hop
|Instrument(s)|| Vocals |
|Associated acts||Weerd Science|
Andrew Robert Nielsen (born October 6, 1982) is an American rapper, known by his stage name MC Lars. He is the self-proclaimed originator of "post-punk laptop rap". He was one of the first underground rappers to sample and reference post-punk and emo bands. John Mayer has credited Lars with coining the phrase "iGeneration", a term used to describe kids born from 1982-2000. He is the founder and CEO of the independent record label Horris Records.
He has recorded for Truck Records in the UK, Sidecho Records in the USA, Big Mouth Records in Japan, and Shock Records in Australia. He was formerly known as MC Lars Horris but changed his pseudonym to MC Lars in 2004 for purposes of simplicity. MC Lars currently resides in California.
In 2006, he released the single "Download This Song" with it entering the Australian Singles Chart at number 29.
Nielsen has toured and done one-off performances with many different bands and rappers, including The Matches, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Something With Numbers, Simple Plan, Bowling for Soup, Army of Freshmen, Gym Class Heroes, Say Anything, Streetlight Manifesto, Suburban Legends, Test Icicles, Jack's Mannequin, Patent Pending, Bayside, Fightstar, Make It Better Later, MC Frontalot, Wheatus, The Aquabats, Ludacris, YTCracker, T-Pain, Yung Joc, Cartel and Zebrahead. Some of these bands play the part of Hearts That Hate for the song "Signing Emo" at live shows.
Nielsen appeared in the 2008 independent film Community College as MC Lars.
Style and cultureEdit
Originally releasing tracks under the name Lars Horris, he eventually dropped Horris which later became the name of his record label, in order to become MC Lars. In the past, MC Lars was backed by a single friend who handled laptop duties. However, today's MC Lars live experience is very different. With a punk rock band set to back him up, MC Lars plays a hip-hop set to a true punk rock background (a joining which he refers to as "post-punk laptop rap"). His band mates play live over the samples and loops contained in his recorded music - all stored on his laptop computer.
As with many other rap and Hip-Hop acts, samples play a key role in MC Lars' music. But, with intent to preserve his rock roots, MC Lars chooses to sample alternative bands such as the British band Supergrass, Long Island, New York's Brand New, as well as Fugazi, and Iggy Pop.
MC Lars has also shown an interest in using lyrics and song titles based on English and American literature. "Rapbeth" references William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, whilst "Mr. Raven" is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." Also, the song "Ahab", which is featured on one of his newer albums, The Graduate, sees Lars rapping about the novel Moby Dick while "Hey There Ophelia" on This Gigantic Robot Kills retells the story of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
The term iGeneration, used to describe the generation born primarily in the mid-to-late 1980s, was not actually coined by MC Lars, but it was used in his song of the same name, which was given out for free to Facebook users in August 2006 in conjunction with iTunes.
MC Lars' MySpace profile includes exclusive tracks related to the MySpace social scene of the iGeneration: "Internet Relationships", "Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock", "Download This Song" and "Signing Emo". Hearts That Hate, whose song "Cry Tonight" is sampled in Lars' "Signing Emo", is a fictional group created by the rapper. The Grammy-nominated Texan band Bowling for Soup performed as Hearts That Hate when MC Lars has supported them on tour. A full version of "Cry Tonight" is available as a B-side to the UK "Signing Emo" single.
In 2006, Lars worked with the Canadian independent record label Nettwerk Records to release The Graduate. Following this release, Lars toured extensively throughout the U.S., then he toured UK and did shows in Japan, and Australia. Not long after the album was released on iTunes, Lars received an e-mail from a 15-year-old fan Elisa Greubel on his web forum saying she identified with "Download This Song" since her family was one of many being sued by the Recording Industry Association of America. This led to Nettwerk executive Terry McBride and a team of major-label artists managed by Nettwerk to support the Greubels with their case.
MC Lars returned to the UK in October 2006, due to popular demand, to play more shows in support of his "Ahab" single and video.
This Gigantic Robot KillsEdit
In April 2007, MC Lars and Nettwerk made the component tracks for his single "White Kids Aren't Hyphy" available for remix under a Creative Commons license on the Jamglue online mixing site as a contest. In May, MC Lars toured the UK on the third installment of the Good To Go Tour, making friends with Wheatus front man Brendan B. Brown. In July Lars and Brendan recorded a bunch of new songs, two of which would later appear on This Gigantic Robot Kills. In November, Lars returned to the UK on tour with pop-punk band Last Letter Read who performed their own set and then on stage with Lars, debuting Lars' new song "Hey There Ophelia".
In 2008 and 2009, Lars worked with "Weird Al" Yankovic, Wheatus, the Rondo Brothers, Nick Rowe and Mike Kennedy of Bloodsimple, Daniel Dart of Time Again, Donal Finn of Flash Bastard, Pierre Bouvier of Simple Plan, MC Bat Commander of The Aquabats, Suburban Legends, Worm Quartet, Gabriel Saporta of Cobra Starship, Brett Anderson of The Donnas, MC Frontalot, Jesse Dangerously, Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup, Adil Omar, Linus Dotson of Size 14, Parry Gripp of Nerf Herder, Salvation, Jonathan Coulton, Aesias Finale, Sebastian Reynolds, Joe Ragosta of Patent Pending and classical musician Walt Ribeiro to complete his album "This Gigantic Robot Kills".
Lars Attacks! (2011-)Edit
In an interview on punknews.org MC Lars stated that the album Lars Attacks! is going to have fewer guest artists and more of a return to basics so the album will to contain less punk elements and more standard hip-hop stylings like the split with k.flay. The subject matter will be "Everything from circumcision to bro culture to vikings!"
Later in the interview he revealed that he would be releasing a children's album after Lars Attacks!.
B-sides and raritiesEdit
Some demos of songs Lars finished but will not be released include "Dharma Police", "You Might Be Stoner", "Coming Up Short", "Ana's Song", "Wikipedia Song", "I Flow Econo", "Dudes Don't Text Dudes", "Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Religion I Learned from Daniel Johnston", "Pop Life", "Don't Fear the Ice Cream Monster".
Horris Records is an independent record label formed by MC Lars in 2006. Horris served as an imprint of Nettwerk and Oglio before becoming its own label. In 2008, Horris signed a two-record distribution deal with Crappy Records, founded by Jaret Reddick, from the American Rock band Bowling For Soup. The label's name derived from a cartoon character Lars created in middle school which also served as the basis for Lars' original stage name, MC Lars Horris. In 2011, Horris signed Weerd Science.
MC Lars is often joined on stage by bands he is on tour with. He has had Bowling For Soup, Simple Plan, and Army Of Freshmen play with him live on the song "Signing Emo" filling in for the fictional band "Hearts That Hate". He's also had the band Failsafe back him on several tours of the United Kingdom. While supporting the band Zebrahead in the UK and Europe in 2010, MC Lars had Zebrahead members Ed Udhus and Greg Bergdorf on drums and guitar every night. In addition, Zebrahead Tour Manager Bobby Conner joined them on bass.
|1999||Nothing to Fear||Noseman|
|2003||Radio Pet Fencing||Truck|
|2007 (download release)|
2010 (CD release)
2011 (CD re-release)
|21 Concepts (But a Hit Ain't One)||Horris|
|2009||This Gigantic Robot Kills||Horris/Oglio|
|2011||Indie Rocket Science||Horris|
|2004 (CD release)|
2009 (download release)
|The Laptop EP||Truck/Sidecho|
|2008||I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas||Horris/Oglio|
|2011||The Ill Remix EP||Horris|
|2008||The Digital Gangster LP||YTCracker||Horris/Nerdy South|
|Change the World (Black Precedent)||Wheatus||Montauk Mantis|
|2009||Single and Famous EP||K.Flay||Horris/Flayzer Beam|
|2005||iGeneration||The Laptop EP|
|2006||Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock||The Graduate|
|Download This Song|
|Hipster Girl||This Gigantic Robot Kills|
|2007||White Kids Aren't Hyphy|
|2009||Guitar Hero Hero|
|2010||Reaping Beauty||21 Concepts (But a Hit Ain't One)|
|Something Wicca This Way Comes|
|2003||A Message From MC Lars||The Necker Cube: Volume 2|
|2006||Geeked Out||Greetings From Nor-Cal|
|Download This Song||Penny Candy|
|Gary the Green Nosed Reindeer||A Santa Cause 2|
|If I Had a Time Machine, That Would Be Fresh||50 Minutes|
|2007||Gopher Guts||The Simple Life: Camp Songs|
|The Lint Song||For the Kids Three!|
|2009||(Lord it's Hard to Be Happy, When You Aren't Using) The Metric System||Up End Atom|
Remixes and Featured AppearancesEdit
|2005||Do the Joker||Ubernators featuring MC Lars|
|Circle Square Triangle [MC Lars Remix]||Test Icicles|
|2007||Two Minutes of Hate||The Scribes featuring MC Lars|
|Schvensen Fitzlogik||HardNox featuring MC Lars|
|Dead Horses||Smilex featuring MC Lars|
|2008||Dementia Revolution||The Great Luke Ski featuring MC Lars|
|Put Up a Fight [MC Lars Remix]||My Awesome Compilation|
|Adoption||Kabuto The Python featuring MC Lars & Funky49|
|Nerdcore Rising||MC Frontalot featuring Doc Popular & MC Lars|
|2009||Monsters of Rock||Schäffer the Darklord featuring MC Lars|
|The Case For Christ||J-Bynn featuring MC Lars & Jesus Disciple|
|Party Retarded||Uh Oh! Explosion featuring MC Lars|
|Chance of Showers||My Parents Favorite Music featuring MC Lars|
|Dreidel Playa||The Rondo Brothers featuring MC Lars|
|Paper Planes and Spitballs||K.Flay featuring MC Lars|
|2010||Can't [MC Lars' Running Game Remix]||Alan Lastufka & Tom Milsom|
|Summer Camp Love||Walk Through Hell with MC Lars|
|Bohemian Grove||The Rondo Brothers with K.Flay & MC Lars|
|Cult Leader||The Rondo Brothers with MC Lars & Beefy|
|Uncanny||Beefy featuring MC Lars|
|2011||Living in the Future 2.5||Akira the Don featuring Big Narstie, MC Lars, Eddie Argos & Scroobius Pip|
|2004||The MC Lars DVD||Truck|
|2007||This DVD Is Not Punk Rock||Horris|
|2006||27th Street: A Book of Cartoons||Horris|
|2007||Bukowski in Love: A Book of Poems||Horris|
|2003||Hey That's Me||Steve Dawson|
|2004||Signing Emo||Kurt St. Thomas|
|2005||Download This Song||Frank Borin|
|2006||If I Had a Time Machine, That Would Be Fresh||Richard Barham|
|2007||Hipster Girl||Michael Licisyn & Tommy Avallone|
|2008||White Kids Aren't Hyphy||Tim Thompson & Odin Wadleigh|
|2008||I Want My Guns N' Roses||Richard Barham|
|2008||Manifest Destiny||Irina Slutsky|
|2008||I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas||Richard Barham|
|2008||MC Lars's Facebook Count > Your Facebook Count||Tim Thompson & Odin Wadleigh|
|2009||Guitar Hero Hero||Sean Donnelly|
|2009||True Player For Real||Richard Barham|
|2009||O.G. (Original Gamer)||Nigel Wallace|
|2009||Single and Famous||Tim Thompson|
|2010||This Gigantic Robot Kills||Tim Thompson|
|2010||Twenty-Three||Heath Balderston & Jaret Reddick|
- ↑ MTV.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 MC Lars and Weerd Science interview Part 1
- ↑ PRLog.
- ↑ Independent Music Awards - 8th Annual IMA Judges.
- ↑ Spotlight Artist: MC Lars
- ↑ http://www.jamglue.com/contests/mclars
- ↑ MC Lars: This Gigantic Robot Kills
- ↑ Living In The Future 2.5
- ↑ Hey That's Me
- ↑ iGeneration
- ↑ Signing Emo
- ↑ Download This Song
- ↑ Ahab
- ↑ If I Had a Time Machine
- ↑ Hipster Girl
- ↑ Scientology=WTF?
- ↑ White Kids Aren't Hyphy
- ↑ I Want My Guns N' Roses
- ↑ Manifest Destiny
- ↑ I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas
- ↑ MC Lars's Facebook Count
- ↑ Guitar Hero Hero
- ↑ True Player For Real
- ↑ O.G. Original Gamer
- ↑ Single and Famous
- ↑ This Gigantic Robot Kills
- ↑ Twenty-Three
- Official website
- MC Lars on MySpace
- Andrew Nielson at Internet Movie Database
- MTV.com site
- VH1 Biography
- Live Review of MC Lars in the UK
- Interview with MC Lars
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