Hello again everyone!
Last night we played a show at Munkebusiness’ legendary “Sprø Musikkfest” and it was amazing! So many crazy bands and artists, and it was the coolest event I’ve personally attended at Munkehaugen Scene! (Sprø means weird/crazy in Norwegian, for all you English-speaking Underlings out there)
As always, when you’re playing a gig you have to make preparations to get the most out of it. So I got out of bed at around 8 AM and had to print out new sheets for our mailing list, because we ran out after last weekend in Kristiansand. Thanks to everyone signing up, it really makes it so much easier for us to stay in touch with you).
After doing some office work, I had to step outside to enjoy the beautiful weather we had yesterday. I had some hours to kill before get-in, so I took a walk around town. Something that I love about winter is that when the sun is up, it’s hanging rather low in the sky so that everything around you lights up. Lovely!
Our ever so faithful tour bus (Linje 100, of course) picked us up at around 2 PM to take us all the way from Grimstad to Arendal
When we arrived, we went around the local shopping mall Amfi Arena to do some Christmas-shopping, but we quickly realised that we really didn’t have time to do so. What we did have time for, though, was this nasty photo of me sitting in Santa Claus’ chair. None of the kids wanted to sit on my lap, can you imagine why?
We arrived at Munkehaugen Scene without Thomas, because he was occupied at work until 6 PM. According to the plan, we were going to have a soundcheck at around 3 PM, but, apparently, all the other bands had started checking their sound with all their weird-ass equipment. We’re talking turntables, old classical instruments, LOADS of effect-pedals etc.
The sounds coming from these machines were pretty awesome, it sounded like something you may experience while under the influence of psychedelic drugs or something. It’s art, man
After standing there gazing at all these technical gadgets producing cool sounds, we were taken to the backstage area, which is also our rehearsal room (The venue was in the same building as where we usually rehearse). This, of course, made rigging up/down our gear a lot easier, so we prepared everything for the show, before we went backstage and started our own little pre-party
Suddenly, a lovely lady came in with Bindi-marks to put on our forehead. We looked pretty stylish all night long, and when our two primary eyes were starting to blur due to alcoholic beverages, at least our third eye was intact, haha!
She also showed us the “Chill-out Zone” in which they had decorated a whole room with crazy lighting and a lot of carpets and puppets and pillows. We sat here for a while, and it was quite enjoyable.
As this blog-post keeps moving on, I’m finding it hard to come up with content to write about, so I thought I’d explain why! We are in Arendal every week, and nothing really ceases to amaze us about it anymore, haha! Usually, when we’re out playing, we take some time to just walk around town and soak in stuff, but this time we were pretty much just hanging out backstage drinking beer and joking around.
The time to hit the stage was getting dangerously close, so we went out into the concert-area to watch some of the other bands. Something that really caught my ear was the band “Atmosphere” which consisted of Ole Johan Lillegaard (our “daddy” at Munkehaugen), his son Markus (who also plays in Vanvidd) along with other legendary faces from the local scene in Arendal. A really trippy/ambient type of sound that I personally love.
Finally, it was our turn! We tried to record some video and audio for a live-video that we spontaneously decided to make. Can’t promise you anything yet, but hopefully it’s on our already full-booked agenda for later
If you were attending Sprø Musikkfest and you have some photos/videos of us, please send them to [email protected] So far, the only picture we have from our set is this one;
It was a great show! So much energy from the crowd, we even had to do an encore with Alice in Chains – Man in the Box!
We also got a lot of lovely responses after the show. It really means so much to us when people give us detailed feedback and hugging our sweaty asses after 50 minutes of crazy jumping back and forth
We drank a few more beers before heading downtown to grab a late night snack and catching our ride home after another successful night
We also reached 500 likes on Facebook on Friday! Thanks to everyone who wants to take part in our adventure We love you!
PS: In case you haven’t noticed, we have a little Christmas-contest on our Facebook-page. By following a few simple instructions, you can win all of this on Christmas Eve!
Thanks for reading our blog, next weekend we’re playing Club Skyline in Grimstad! You can find more information about that right HERE Dont forget to sign up to our Newsletter to get a free version of our track “Paragon”.
See you next time!