Oh. Hello.

NME

I might have a ticket. Maybe.
(Thank you so much Laureen!)

No flights, no accomodation, no anything else.
But I have a ticket. I’m sure it’ll all be fine.

Twin Atlantic – Parkteatret, Oslo 14/11

That feeling when you wake up and realise your phone has turned itself off in the night. Risk of oversleeping my train – about 90%. I didn’t though.

Off to Norway, lovely Norway. How I’ve missed Oslo. And the sjokoladeboller of course (that’s chocolate buns for you). Sometimes I wonder if they’re the real reason I go to Norway and any gigs are just a fun bonus haha. I also had the best, and of course most expensive, pizza I’ve ever had.

Managed to turn up for queuing 50min before doors without having a heart attack, something which I feel should entitle me to an award of some kind.
(Typing this to the beat of Audience And Audio haha) <- this was funny at the time. Was number eight and ended up middle front row again. Actually a bit too middle, haven’t seen Craig since Copenhagen. And oh, Oslo venues how are you all so great? Parkteatret, John Dee, Rockefeller, all of them. I should get to take at least one with me home. The vibe the vibe the vibe. A lot of people turned up as well, maybe even more than Stockholm? At least they were all way more into it, though nothing can beat Hamburg crowd wise.

The Xcerts were first on stage (no way!) and did the same setlist as usual. Better than Stockholm I thought, but not quite as Copenhagen. They had a couple of ‘proper’ fans in the crowd which brought the volume up a bit. I do hope the band comes back, would be fun to see them headline.

Twin Atlantic on stage. Twin Atlantic doing a show which may have been better than Hamburg. Sams voice back on track. Great crowd,  Great place. Everything so good I (almost) didn’t mind that Caribbean was still off the setlist. Magic, is what it is. When they said it was probably the best show of the tour they actually meant it. “This or Hamburg, but probably this.” I couldn’t agree more. I still think Hamburg was special but this was… something else, I can’t put my fingers on it.
Wasn’t sure if I wanted to laugh or cry when Heart & Soul came on, couldn’t have asked for a better last show of my little roadtrip.

Lovely chats with everyone after the show, bit of tattoo showing and a lot of thank yous every which way. Awesome.
And so it ends for this time around. But not for too long, I shouldn’t think.

Twin Atlantic – Klubben, Stockholm 13/11

Went home for a day without a gig, for me at least. Twin apparently had a tiny acoustic session at a pub in Gamla Stan. The bastards!

But no time to dwell on that, as I’m now on my way to the venue in Stockholm. Therese will meet me up there for dinner and drinks queue style. As you do! Had (tense, what tense?) sushi and blasted Arcane Roots on the portable speakers. Wouldn’t have had to stress so much though,  when I came to the venue we were all of two people there. This changed for the better though, maybe three times as many people as in Copenhagen turned up!

The Xcerts served up a great gig, as usual. I think something was better in Copenhagen but can’t put my finger on what. Might’ve been only a certain lack of vibe at Klubben. And I’m biased, hate the place so not gonna blame the band. Shaking In the Water continued being ear candy and the last song of the setlist continues being the grooviest thing since… sliced bread..? Got a setlist as well so will check song names as soon as I get home. (It’s Slackerpop yo!) ALSO He Sinks, He Sleeps is fantastic.

Time for Twin to get on stage. This time of a size where their flags and Ross’ drums actually fit! Ah, those drums during Brothers and Sisters are too cool. Setlist was the same as Copenhagen, so no Caribbean or Cell Mate. I actually thought their performance this night was even better that at Pumpehuset. To my own surprise because I was pretty sure the venue would steal a lot of the atmosphere. Seems nothing can steal the Twin feel. Crowd was a disappointment but what can you do? At least many turned up!

Sam talked about how he was losing his voice and said reassuring things like “this might be the last gig of the tour”. Only noticeable while he was talking though, went all in in the songs as always. Actually sounded even better than Copenhagen, just a little bit rawer (which, as it happens, I like). It did mean I spent a lot of in between songs time worrying about the to be or not to be of the gig in Oslo. Turned out I had nothing to worry about. (Phew) Went home pretty soon after the gig for 5hours of sleep and then another train trip. Woop!

My phone died after about half the gig this night, so not a single cello picture.
Scandal!

Twin Atlantic – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen 11/11

(All written on my phone at different times during the same day or the day after. Tense, who needs it eh?)

Might as well start on today since I’m in the cold with no wifi (woe is me!). Started the day at 5:30am, miraculously un-hungover. Off to Hamburg Hbf and the train. I slept a lot, and it was good. Arrived in Copenhagen and went to the hostel via the venue. As we may have guessed it was empty except for the lonely blue bus outside. Which doesn’t seem rented btw, but owned. Interesting if you find the life and times of tourbuses interesting. I do, should ask someone about this.
“WHO’S BUS IS IT?!?”

Anywaaay. Onwards to the hostel which. is. awesome. Like a cross between my favourites in London and Birmingham but maybe even better. They have a free dinner! Which I didn’t have any of because I had to be at the venue at 6:30 when dinner started. It’s now a quarter past seven and there’s… six of us here.  I could’ve had dinner. And, well here I am. Listening to The Feud and drinking my beer. Thinking they could let us in now please, it’s actually cold.

Might continue this when I get inside. It’ll be my longest post ever haha.
Inside now and we are… 16 people here.
(break)
Oops, gotta continue writing here! Small room was lovely, though really I like everything about Pumpehuset. Had some beer and started talking to two danish girls who were standing beside me. Love meeting new people at gigs! Just one of the many reasons I do this. Turned out to be the right kind of people too, did we rock out or what??

The Xcerts came on and I thought they were even better than the night before. So good live, and Shaking in the Water is a bit of live magic. Wish they would have setlists though, if only so I could remember names and order better. There’s one song that’s ridiculously great live with them and I can’t think of the name now at all. (It’s Slackerpop) Oh well, had a great time anyway!

After about 128 toilet breaks it was time for Twin again! Ah, so good. No Caribbean this time though, and still no Cell Mate. Did get to hear Actions That Echo, which was really good live. Above all Oceans came to its right and was AMAZING. That’s how it should be. Crowd was a lot less wild though, but of course it’s hard to keep up the same amount of energy with only about 75 people there. As a result there was a bit less feeling but hey, me and the danish girls headbanged and jumped as best we could haha. Last part of the setlist was unchanged and Heart And Soul really does hold up as a last song. Epic!

Then followed some beer time (I found dry cider aw yeah) before making it back to the hostel where I looked forward to some deep sleep. That I didn’t get. 200 degrees in the room,  definitely getting a bed in a smaller dorm next time!

Pictures, again unedited and taken with a cracked lens phone camera.
Too many as well, I suck at only picking a few.

Twin Atlantic – Molotow, Hamburg 10/11

Monday and on my way to Hamburg on a veery spur of the moment trip. I don’t think I actually calmed down until I got to the venue a bit after six.
Speaking of six, that’s also how many of us that were queuing with 2hours until doors (so strange). And here I was being afraid they’d be too big for intimate gigs in Europe now.

Met Stefanie and Mareike in the queue and they are super awesome! We may already have planned a Royal Blood trip in Scandinavia in March. Oops. Would be fantastic though. I am of course also hoping that I’ll win the lottery so I can go to Berlin on Sunday and hang out again. (This hasn’t happened, since I’m at home uploading this. Oh well.)

Doors at eight, positioned us between Barry and Sam without any trouble. Not to get ahead of myself, The Xcerts were supporting and they did sound MUCH better live than on record, yay. A bit harder and rawer. Good stage presence as well, even if the bassplayer disapperad a bit. That may have been because we were standing so far from him though. (Having seen three more gigs since then, that was indeed why.)

Main act time. Couldn’t believe it (still can’t really), FINALLY after four and half years I was about to see a headline gig with Twin Atlantic. Mad.
Told myself I wouldn’t check the setlist which lasted until someone said Caribbean was on it. Then I couldn’t help myself, and it looked awesome. Except the fact that the song they had taken out in favour of Caribbean was Cell Mate.
(at the other gigs replaced by Actions That Echo)
Not awesome. Only thought of it after the gig though, too excited about all the other songs when I was standing there. Then, of course, it was time for them to enter the stage.

And so started one of the best gigs in my life (if not the best). As much raw energy as 22 but more focused and a presence and feeling the like of which I’ve never seen before. Once again reminded of why I do this. Why all the time, money and lack of sleep is worth it.
Pure. Fucking. Happiness.

When it comes to the gig it was all in from the word go, from both the band and the crowd. Let’s just say I’m hurting badly as I type this. The band had such a ridiculous amount of energy and executed everything SO well. Guitars being ripped to shreds (not quite literally) and Craig blasting the drums was a joy to watch.

Only “bad” thing I can say is that Oceans was an underwhelming live experience. That might have been something to do with it being hot as bloody hell though, two songs in and everyone was dripping. Such a low stage as well, a lot going on. Narrowly escaped bashing my head into Sams guitar (thanks Stefanie!) and got a bit toooo much crotch and sweat action when Sam decided to lean out over me. Please don’t.

After a sweat flying performance of Heart & Soul (great live, whatever one might think of it otherwise) it was beer and cool off time. Hung about the venue for a while then went out chatted for a bit with everyone. Photos were taken by yours truly and setlists signed (not by yours truly). Sam seeing I hadn’t gotten my hands on a setlist kindly went off to get me one. Came back with one page of a setlist that had nothing whatsoever to do with the euro tour and the happy  observation “But it has my handwriting, see!”. And so it does, indeed haha.
Lucky I photographed the “proper” setlist ;)

After that the night was pretty much at an end. Stefanie was a lifesaver and let me have her extra bed (thank you so so so much!). A train ride to Denmark and Copenhagen awaited me in the early morning, more about that in the next post!

And now, pictures! Unedited and all taken with my crappy phone camera that to top everything off has a cracked lens. Enjoy…
(click to enlarge)

When Everything Comes to An End

Plan Three have released their new single.
And even if it is IS a ballad, it is also fantastic.

So have a listen:

Seems I have also reverted to english on the blog (haha what blog).
I mean to make a better new start this time though, since tomorrow I’m launching myself back into all the things that make me happy.

Adventure, travel and gigs.
So, wordpress, I’ll be seeing you again tomorrow.

It’s happening!

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5/11 – Singelsläpp – “When everything comes to an end”

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Also, this:
25/2 – Albumsläpp – “Wish I was storm borne”

But even more this:
27/2 – Den första av 10 intima och exklusiva spelningar i Sverige med start på Klubben i Sthlm