Geiranger (Summer 2015), part 1

It’s nearing the end of my time here in Norway and I’m realising that as usual I’ve been worse than horrible at updating this thing. I tell myself it will all change when I have a new, slim (actually portable and not 9 years old) laptop. But at the very least I can get some pictures up!

Truth to tell I haven’t been doing much anyway, no adventures to update with.
All work and no play. Only crisping up in the sun now that we finally have some nice weather, which still isn’t all that interesting to read about.

So here goes, batch number 1 with pics!


End of part 1
Part 2 coming up, just you wait.
There’ll be more (of the same) mountains!

Throwback thursday and tattoo memories.

Got to thinking about tattoos. As I’m planning another that’s been in the works for over two years, I’ve just never gotten around to it. Now it’s finally time! The design is still pretty open and I have to find the right tattoo artist in Brighton, but at least that’s pleasant work.

Got me reminiscing a bit about the tattoos I already have :)

The first one I ever got was (is) a quote from a Plan Three song (of course it was).
Back then it was still called ‘Left Down Low’ which was changed later to ‘The Common Divided’ before going on their debut album. I remember when Peter (who plays bass) nervously assured me that the line I had had tattooed was still in the song haha. All good.

plan three

(And if anyone’s interested in old version, it sounds like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdjKQ_gdX9o )

A couple of years later it was time for a few more, this one gets the spotlight tonight. Music related, unsurprisingly.

Just there felt belonging
My heart which when speaking like roar
Was an echo in stone

This line is from a song by Nephew, from parts of a poem translated from danish to english. Happens to have some amazing lines and one of the best and most goosebumpy parts of a song I’ve ever heard.

If I want to go all meaningful on it, it also represents some coincidences that, had they not happened, would have left my life quite different. That one discussion I found on a forum about interests. That one blog I found there. Those posts about gigs and music and, well, Nephew. After reading the blog for months and dropping a few comments I randomly found Nephews latest album for close to nothing in Gothenburg.

This in turn, led to me deciding that gigs in Stockholm and Oslo with Camilla (who wrote the blog in question) was a splendid idea, and consequently to discovering some best friends and Kaizers Orchestra as well. Unlikely chain of events and I’m forever grateful they managed to happen!

Here’s the tat, and here’s the song.
nephew
nephew - Copy

I have more, but these two are the ones I’m thinking about tonight.
Maybe another TBT-tattoo post next week ;) Gotta show them off right?

Hike to Skageflå (Geiranger), 21/6

A little under 2 weeks ago I went on a 6,5hour hike. Pictures can’t at all convey how fantastic it was, but I’m gonna give it a shot anyway! More photos from my time working here in Geiranger, Norway, will be up during the summer :)

Music Business – BIMM Brighton 2015

Or as I like to call it, I GOT IN!!!

bimmmm

UNCON

Which means I’ll (finally) be moving to the UK this fall! Now I just… need to work out how to find a place to live and so on. All the minor details. Since I’m working in Norway all summer I’ll end up staying at a hostel when I first fly over, and spend the first week/s looking for accommodation. Bit stressful, but not much to be done about it. Wish me luck!

I think I’ve yet to realise this is actually happening. Three years of studying? In England?? I’m not ready, but on the other hand I’ve never been more ready. Let’s do this!

Twin Atlantic – SSE Hydro, Glasgow 9/5

Arrived in Glasgow after 4 hours of sleep on the bus from Birmingham. Yay. Went directly to the Hydro to start queuing. Stupid hilly Glasgow, I was way too tired for that walk. Had a great time hanging out with everyone in the queue though, and mine and Laureens hotel was about 30 seconds away from the venue which was AWESOME.

The gig itself though… Seeing the sheer scale of the venue inside was pretty epic. Twins apparent happiness was awesome. Sams little speech about having made it so far as well. And the confetti. CONFETTI DURING HEART AND SOUL YES.
But… apart from that my “least” favourite gig on the tour. (I had definitely overhyped it).

Small europe shows please.
Very cool that they HAVE made it so far though but..yeah.
Pictures!

Twin Atlantic – O2 Academy, Birmingham 8/5

Went to Birmingham. Queueueued in the rain. Laureen arrived. We got barrier. The venue was great. The support was great. Twins gig was amazing, fantastic, wonderful and pure happiness. Sam and Laureen had a moment during WWWC that made ME cry wtf guys.

They went off stage. Me and Laureen drank monster with vodka (heaven in a glass yo). Had more drinks until Propaganda started, headbanged, danced and went to barrier AGAIN when Barry and Ross turned up for the dj set because “it’d be fun if they saw us”. They most defnitely did. Gangsta Barry put on the hip hop tunes and we continued our headbanging/dancing epicness and generally had the best fucking night of our lives.

Until I went to the bar to get a drink and the bartender did not give a FUCK about people so when I went back the dj set was over, oh well. Still the best night ever. DAMN.

Twin Atlantic – Brixton Academy, London 7/5

Sooo. I was supposed to blog about these gigs ages ago, and I also thought I was going to do some editing on les photos. As you will see, neither happened. But at least I’m getting something up, finally. And this autumn I’m getting a camera that can shoot RAW, yes indeed.

Anywho, I got into London LATE for the gig. Thank you, signalling problems at Victoria, for that much needed heart attack. So didn’t make it to the hostel to leave my bag but at least I did make it to the venue before the soundcheck thing started. I was very against the whole soundcheck thing, mainly because it included early access and I find it ridiculous that you should be able to pay your way in before the people who queue the whole day. (THIS INCLUDES GETTING IN FIRST BECAUSE YOU HAVE A SPECIAL MOBILE PROVIDER O2 YOU FUCKING RETARDS.)

But then we got in and Twin Atlantic played A Guidance From Colour and it was all oh so worth it. YES. I also got to hear about 30 seconds of Audience and Audio and let’s just say I don’t doubt Sam when he says he couldn’t remember more haha. Happy for the little snippet though. Also got all of Lightspeed which was great. Then back out in the queue after receiving the “special gift”, that turned out to be a flag. SWEET. I dropped it in something within a minute when I got home and it now has to be washed, but still.

(It is now almost 3 weeks ago I started writing this and more than 4 weeks since the gig. Eh.)

The gig itself? Pretty damn epic. My second time at Brixton Academy (first was 30 Seconds to Mars in 2007). Felt very strange seeing them in such a big venue, and my personal opinion is that they’re still better at the 300-2000 capacity range. I really shouldn’t put off writing these things for so long, I barely remember the setlist… I know it didn’t contain Cell Mate, aha ahah. Oh well.  Uh.
Heart and Soul had huge balloons which Barry REALLY enjoyed kicking out at the audience (it was pretty great).

Afterwards we hung about outside for some hours to say hi, which was nice. Craig asked how Germany was, and I’m sure it’s great. As is Sweden, where I’m actually from haha. Sam thanked me again for travelling to see them and my respons was apparently “no problem” haha. Next time it’s gonna be “you’re welcome” I’m sure. I suck at those things. Took a less than serious photo with Ross as well.

Then to the hostel and sleeeeep before going to Birmingham the day after.

Here, have some pictures…
(I was going to edit them, then I gave up because they’re crappy phone jpegs.)