There are a few guest musicians on 'Comedown'. How did this come about?
Before we began recording, we decided that we wanted to make a record that felt alive. We wanted to lose control, to embrace the moment and the randomness. To help us let go of our own premeditated ideas we decided to invite some guests. The plan was to let them do whatever they felt like doing and only give them a few takes. The first guy we thought of was the Hobbit (Spids Nøgenhat, On Trial). He has as very uniqe style: bubbly and swirly sounds mixed with simple but effective and moodsetting melodic bits. The Hobbit plays on most of the tracks, and there's some good stuff to be found if you pay attention to the details.
We were without a bass player for quite some time and during the recording we really felt that the bass could use a pair of hands that wasn't Mads' or mine. Dr. Hansen, who were producer and technician on 'Comedown', suggested Christian Norup (Bite The Bullet, Highway Child). Mads and I met Christian on a tour of Germany we did with Baby Woodrose. We remembered him for his solid less-is-more style of playing as well as his great bass sound. We enrolled him and it turned out great - especially his take on 'Cabin Fever'! He really lifts the track. Kåre Joensen/Dr. Johnson (Robot, Baby Woodrose) listened to some rough mixes and suggested that he tried to add some modular synth on some of the tracks. Assisted by his daughter Norma he did some takes at home and we ended up using it in two songs. The Hobbit and Christian Norup are now part of our live line-up and it's working really good. Live we've never been as good as we are right now and I think it'll only get better from here on.
When you play live, do you tend to stick to your songs almost note for note or do you like to improvise a lot on stage?
It really depends on the song. A lot of our songs has a pretty fixed form and we tend to stick to it. Never note for note though. We like when something unexpected happens and try to go with the flow if it's there. Many songs have more jam based parts as well and improvisation is an important element in general. Playing live is about the moment, being right here, right now and we're not the kind of band that takes a show that's planned into every little detail on the road. Still we're not a jam outfit. We do play songs and if you expect hours of guitar soloing you'll get dissapointed.
What are your most important muscial influences and inspirations?
Obviously a lot of sixties stuff like Ultimate Spinach, Red Crayola, The Byrds, Cold Sun, Velvet Underground, Furekaaben, Silver Apples, 13th Floor Elevators, The Rolling Stones and early Pink Floyd. A lot of music from the 80's, 90's and 00's such as Spacemen 3, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Blur etc. To name a few newer ones we really dig stuff like Amen Dunes, Anders, Connan Mockasin, The Paperhead and Teeth Mountain. Its hard to pinpoint a few artist though.
We really get our inspirations from all over the place and not just in the psychedelic genres. During the recording of 'Comedown', we were really inspired by the looseness and go-with-the-flow feeling from the recording of Anders' 'In The Dark Hours', 'The Flaming Lips' 'Embryonic', and the records by a Danish 60's hippie outfit called Furekaaben. All of those records has a sense of presence but also a strange feeling of absence.
What are your plans for the second half of 2013?
We're trying to do a few small tours around Europe during the next year or so, though nothing is fully confirmed yet. As far as I know it will mostly be in Scandinavia and Germany. While writing and recording 'Comedown, we stopped playing concerts at all. It was a good move that helped us to focus on the record, but now we really need to get out! Still, we'll also get into writing and rehersing some new material. Maybe dust of a couple of outtakes from 'Comedown'. As mentioned earlier, we're building a pretty good live outfit. I expect the new material to be based around that.
Well, that's all for now, thank you! Is there anything you would like to add at the end?
Thank you! No, I guess it's it for now.