Session 43, Slottsskogen Goes Progressive Festival 2008
8:35 Magnus arrives and Mogens got here right on time at 8:30. IT is very difficult to get all of our stuff into Magnus's car but we manage and are off around 9 to tobias's where we will off load all the stuff into the van and meet the rest of the band.
9:30 We arrive at Tobias's house just at the same time as Kaufmann, Jock, Lasse and his friend. The van will be packed. It was a gough job but we got it all in.
10:03 We hit the road! Everyone is in a very good mood. We listen to the new Dream Machine CD and people think it is pretty cool.
10:45 We take a smoke break and people buy some drinks.
13:27 We arrived just before 13:00 and it is a great day and the place is just like it was when I played here 2 years ago with First Band from Outer Space. One of the bands is soundchecking and we have the option to go next but it seems pointless as Anekdoten will not do a sound check and have their own sound guy who will set everything new. We just kick back in the backstage and meet some of the other bands and the organizers and have a few drinks, chips, juice and fruit. They are recording the whole thing digitially on 32 tracks so we did not hook up our own hard disc recorder.
14:45 I have set up the merchandise stand and passing out flyers and I put up some posters for the Space Rock Odessey 2008 Festival we will play at in Upssala, Sweden in two weeks.
15:10 The first band starts. Johan Randén, a young jazz fusion guitarist. They play a pretty cool set of tunes. Promising young guitar player.
18:00 We had a really nice buffet dinner. I had the Jambylaya and some salad and a beer. Nice food. Things are progressing on time. Yeah...
19:35 Anekdoten are suppose to be playing but it takes them a really long time and the last band put the schedule off by 10 mins. It is not that bad but still if they make it stop at exactly 23, that is 10mins off our time.
20:00 Anekdoten finally start 30mins late. We are pretty fucked now and will never get to play our full 90 mins.
21:20 Anekdoten are finished and we are trying to get our stuff on as they are getting their stuff off, a bit of a mess but time is short. We hurry as much as we can and it is chaos.
00:50 We finally got to hit the stage about mins to 22 when we started. Sound on the stage was insane. It is impossible to play our kind of music with out a proper sound check. Gig is basically a disaster. I think it was very psychedelic though. After 30 mins Johan from First band from Outer SPace joined us and that was cool to have three guitar players. I was too loud in the monitors, the guitar players could not hear each other that well. Mogens could not hear anything almost so he said he only played safe stuff and was not willing to experiment. I was totally crazy and playing wild insane stuff as my head was spinning for the first 30 mins and then I really settled into the sound and felt like it went fine. Th crowd up front was totally into it. A good 150 people really staying glued and wanting more. ORganziers and sound guys thought we were cool. I am not so sure. I will have to hear the recordings. It was for sure very psychedelic.
1:30 We arrive at the FBFOS rehearsal studio and have some beers and joints and crash out around 3 or so. Fun day and great people..
Introduction, Psychedelic Storm is a Coming, Magnus and the 3 Eyed Girl, Breaking down the Barrier, Outro
Here is a review of the gig in Swedish:
Öresund Space Collective
Slottsskogen Goes Progressive 16 aug. 2008
Jag tycker årets upplaga ( nummer nio!) av festivalen överträffade alla andra. Dels var vädret perfekt, det var det rekordmycket folk och framför allt: banden var både genremässigt spridda och hade en grym nivå. Jag menar BÖRJA med Synkopaterna! Fast spelordningen kunde vara hur som helst. Men det fanns en anledning att lägga Öresund Space Collective sist. Och den anledningen heter skymning. Sån här musik med tillhörande ljusshow måste upplevas när det är mörkt.
Härlige amerikanen Scott Heller som håller i rodret var med på First Band From Outer Space´s spelning här. Nu är det dags för Johan From Space att gästa kvällens band och förstärka gitarrsektionen. Ö.S.C. är ett unikt band som bara kör improviserad musik. Därför är de bäst live. Det är liksom ”här-och-nu” som gäller och ingen vet vart resan tar vägen. De långa styckena börjar ofta lite dämpat och monotont för att sedan byggas upp och intensifieras. Alla ser verkligen ut att ha kul, inte minst Johan. Ett tag tar Scott på sig en alienmask för att sedan köra sina syntheffekter iklädd en kåpa med texten ”Dr Space” och en hög trollkarlshatt. Jag står hela tiden och njuter med ett leende på läpparna. En sån kille måste man ju bara älska.
Efter den näst sista låten tittar Scott på klockan och konstaterar att det är 15-20 minuter speltid kvar. Och så lyfter killarna iväg en stund till. En stämningsfull och värdig avslutning på en fantastisk afton. Amen.