“O Jul med din Vrede” – Skambankt’s Christmas festival – has been growing for the last seven years. This year was the first time I could make it, and by now, it’s a full-grown festival in a huge tennis hall … Which seemed a little scary at first (the bigger the venue, the more people that don’t really care about what is happening, more annoying people in the audience, and less fun during the concerts). But: no reason to worry! The hall was big enough so that everyone who wanted to talk could gather in one area, and everyone who wanted to listen to the concerts could do so in front of the stage. Add Christmas decorations (Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling), food and drinks without lines, and great bands, and everyone is happy. =:-) Except that “Silent night” is maybe not the most perfectest background music between the concerts, and that there were so many bands and so little time that each band – except for Skambankt of course – got only 30 minutes.
First up was Vrakfeber from Bryne, nice opener, followed by Hear Me Roar (a bit too calm in my opinion) and “the band with the difficult name” (quote Terje lateron) Longfield & Super Skeleton, who were the first band to really get the audience excited, and rightfully so! Next up were Cloroform as first headliner of the night – which made me expect them to get a little bit more time; but no, they were done after half an hour as well. Too bad! But hey, more time for Skambankt then! Finally it was their turn – after a short “surprise act”, which turned out to be O helga natt performed by some (local?) tenors. Nice! =:-D
Skambankt started out with Anonyme hatere, Dynasti, and Slukk meg for eg brenner (jaaaaa! =:-D), before they welcomed us to “O jul med din vrede 2017”. A little futuristic maybe, but I’m not gonna criticize that, since … “it’s not that easy to talk between songs, you guys should try it once!” Uh, no thanks. I’ll leave that up to you and just put it on the internet afterwards. =;-) But I did pretty much stop taking notes after that, so there you go. *gg* Or actually, not quite true: I did note down Hans’ back salto during the next song (Me sa nei), but only because it was so perfectly executed, just the way it was planned and practiced! =;-)
After Som en sirene and Vår bør (impressive as always!), Skambankt asked us if we wanted an old song or a brand-new one – quite a risky question to ask, and the audience was clearly split. But since they had practiced it, they wanted to show off their new baby! =:-D The first impression was definitely good, but it’s always hard judging new songs from one live performance. Here’s a little clip that I filmed:
After that, back to the songs everybody knows and loves: First O dessverre, then Voodoo, Malin, Skambankt (Btw, if you have a new phone that doesn’t have Skambankt in the auto correct yet, noting down that song name might result in a sudden giggling flash when the phone turns it into “Sjamantromme”. I want a song with that name!! *lol*) – and suddenly “the last song”! Wait, what, already?! Yep, Mantra and off they went …
But of course we got a (short) encore, starting with another surprise: A cover version of Dio’s Holy Diver with a special guest singer. I have no idea who it was (sorry, my knowledge of celebrity Jærbuer consists of Skambankt and Kaizers, uhem *g*). Still, great fun! After that, Stormkast #1 as very last song of the night, and that was it!
A great Skambankt concert, an awesome event, smiling faces everywhere, and I guess I ended up with a new Christmas tradition … =:-)
The full setlist:
- Anonyme hatere
- Slukk meg for eg brenner
- Me sa nei
- Som en sirene
- Vår bør
- Horisonten brenner
- O dessverre
- Holy diver
- Stormkast #1
Quite a few concerts again in the last two weeks! And all quite fun, which means I should write at least a few words. Especially considering that there aren’t really any other concerts on my calendar until the summer festivals!
18.04.2014 – Seigmen (Byscenen)
First up were Seigmen at Byscenen. They left quite an impression after their concert at Verket festival last year, so I didn’t wait to get my ticket for their concert in Trondheim. Actually, I was quite surprised that it took a few weeks to sell out the show! I had expected a few hours, if not minutes …
The concert was fun, but not as energetic and enthusiastic as I had hoped for. I guess that was partly due to the audience being pretty quiet and laid-back – that kind of made sense considering the show wasn’t sold out right away, so there weren’t only the “hardcore fans” there. But it was also due to the band. The music and the energy during the songs were great, but in the breaks, we didn’t really get anything but “Do you feel alright?” and “Can you be louder than Bergen???” Not very creative.
Still, a good concert, and in nice company, so it was a really fun night.
22.04.2015 – Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg (Blæst)
I had wondered for a while if I should get a ticket for that concert or not. In the middle of the week? Would I find anyone who’d like to come along? Basically a cover band, even though the drummer is a REAL Ramone? Would it be any fun?
But then I decided that I definitely didn’t want to miss out on that concert, because: Ramones. I mean, R.A.M.O.N.E.S! At least as close as you can get to a Ramones concert nowadays. I did not find anyone who wanted to come along (shitty taste in music, you Trondheimers!!), but it was a middle-of-the-week concert anyway, so that wasn’t a big deal. What was worse was that the concert started with an hour delay, which meant waiting around first and not being done until after midnight, on a Wednesday …
Still, the concert was awesome! First up were Sugar Louise from Trondheim, and they were a lot of fun. Conveniently, they had brought their own fans, which of course was great to warm up the audience.
Not that the Ramones (short for “Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg”, of course 😉 ) would have needed it – people were jumping and hopping and singing and moshing from the first second anyway, and that was just awesome. Great atmosphere! And while I really enjoyed the concert, I gotta say that I was a bit disappointed by the singer – maybe he just meant to be “in character”, but he seemed completely stoned on stage. No idea if he was; I would guess no and that he was just pretending, but come on … I’d rather hear good singing than think I’m at a real Ramones concert. It took me quite a while to figure out what song “Psycho groupie” was … oh, you mean “Psycho therapy”?!
But again, the audience was totally into it, and that was what made the concert so much fun. And of course hearing all the old songs, and pretending I was at a real Ramones concert. 😉
30.04.2015 – Cloroform (Blæst)
And finally: Cloroform! I’ve seen them before of course, so I knew what I was into. And for that concert, I did not hesitate with getting my ticket! I was quite shocked though when I got an email about three weeks before the show that went out to everyone who had gotten tickets already, to inform them that they had reduced the ticket price and we would get some money back. That of course wasn’t what shocked me, and the fact that all ticket buyers were on the TO: list instead of the BCC: list shocked me only slightly compared to the fact that there were exactly NINE addresses on the list. 😮
Gosh, would it really be all empty?! It pretty much looked like it when I arrived, and it only filled up slightly during the support band. I started expecting the worst, but it got much better until Cloroform came on stage!
I was a bit skeptical during the first songs – wow, this was really weird. I remembered the last concerts as much more fun and much less strange … at least after the first few songs. And exactly the same happened again. Cloroform needed a few songs to warm up, but then they really got going and the concert turned out amazing. Not much movement in the crowd, unfortunately, but it was obvious that people enjoyed themselves. An awesome concert, with all the good old songs I know and like. And I only know and like two or three albums, to be honest, so they picked just the right ones! 🙂
So now there aren’t really any concerts on my list until summer – and I still haven’t picked my festivals yet. There will be two in Germany for sure, but I’m quite undecided about festivals in Norway yet. Steinkjer might be an option, and then maybe one or two where Skambankt are playing … maybe Brønnøysund? Hmm, I think I should start planning soon! 🙂
Hmm… what can I write about a Cloroform concert? I mean, except that it was really weird, but really really great anyway, of course… =;-)
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Skambankt do their release concert, and at the same weekend, Cloroform play in Oslo. Sometimes things work out perfectly. =:-)
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loroform are on tour in Germany. Or maybe I should rather call it a tour in “southern Sweden”? Hey, there’s more of Germany south of Frankfurt! *grr* But I shouldn’t complain, it could have been worse, and I’m just trying to convince myself that Frankfurt is almost on the way from my parents’ place to where I live in the south, so well. Okay, my car claims to have done a lot of kilometers this weekend, but this MUST be wrong. *gg*
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