Tord Øverland Knudsen

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Tord Øverland Knudsen
Birth name Tord Øverland Knudsen
Also known as Tord the Lord
Born (1982-07-24) 24 July 1982 (age 36)
Elverum, Norway
Genres Indie rock,[1] rock
Occupation(s) Musician, producer
Instruments Vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels 14th Floor Records, Bright Antenna, Rallye Label, Eskimo Foe
Associated acts The Wombats, Imitating Aeroplanes SiN, Captain & The Princess

Tord Øverland Knudsen (born 24 July 1982) is a Norwegian musician living in England, best known as bassist, keyboard, and backup vocalist for The Wombats.

Early life[edit]

He was raised in Elverum, Norway, and educated at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, where he met fellow band members Matthew Murphy and Daniel Haggis.

The Wombats[edit]

Tord is part of Liverpool indie rock trio The Wombats alongside Dan Haggis (drums) and Matthew Murphy (vocals, guitar); "at first The Wombats were a joke they didn't want anyone to find funny". Murphy once said that: "In the middle of the songs we'd break into uncontrollable sobbing. The idea was not to be funny."[2] The band was initially launched when The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts gave them the chance to play various gigs. They then ended up gaining radioplay in the UK with songs like: "Let's Dance to Joy Division" and "Moving to New York" with success following with a European tour and finally an Arbor Day Party at Liverpool Academy.

The band's second album, entitled The Wombats Proudly Present: This Modern Glitch was released on 25 April 2011 as a CD, digital download and also as 7" and 12" vinyls. The band's next single, "Our Perfect Disease", was released on 14 August 2011.

Publicity and television appearances[edit]

The Wombats appeared on an episode of the Australian music quiz show Spicks and Specks, hosted by Adam Hills. Murphy was a contestant in the episode and Knudsen and Haggis appeared on the show, performing the Postman Pat theme song, in Norwegian.


Tord has two siblings, a younger brother, Magnus, and a sister, Synne Øverland Knudsen.