A few pictures from the summer of love. Hope to see you soon!
Love / The Hymnboy
A few pictures from the summer of love. Hope to see you soon!
Love / The Hymnboy
Sorry about the non-blogging lately. We’ve been busy. With what, you may ask? Well, the past month we’ve played @ SPOT festival, Skive Festival, Å-festival and Fanø Free Folk Festival. Four very different, but none the less fantastic festivals. Thank you for your support. It’s very, very much appreciated!
Three things about the SPOT-festival I have to mention:
- MOJO heard us at SPOT festival, and they were “thrumming with excitement”. We were too. The Line of Best Fit were there as well and took some great pictures and said some lovely things about our show.
- If you want to hear our concert from SPOT, it is actually available for purchase through NEXT2LIVE.
- The Danish photographer David Bust took some photos during the SPOT-festival. You can see them in the gallery below.
We’ve already entitled this summer “The Summer of Love”. Yeah. Not very original – but it’s true. We already love this summer. We love playing for you guys, and we love that we’ve just begun the summer tour. This weekend we’re going to play our biggest concert ever. @ Roskilde Festival, Odeon Stage. We can’t wait, mildly put.
2/07 Roskilde Festival, Odeon
15/07 Fredagsrock, Plænen, Tivoli, Copenhagen (supporting Savage Rose)
13/08 Skanderborg Festival, Rytmehans
14/08 Skagen Kirke
SEE YOU, FRIENDS!
It’s been a while since you last got an update from the land of Hymns from Nineveh – sorry about that. A lot has been going on, actually – we’ve played a sold out concert in Aalborg, we’ve played a benefit concert at Christiania, and – we’ve been in London playing at The Lexington. We had a great trip to London, where we met a lot of lovely people.
I took some pictures for you. Here you go:
Third day of the tour went to Odense. It got late before we got home from Aalborg, so we were tired. But also very excited about going to Odense, partly because Dexter is such a cool venue, partly because we had persuaded Mikael to join us once more. Jakob and Christel also came, so Hymns from Nineveh played as a quintet for the first time ever!
Mikael drove with the Murder tourbus from Aarhus, and Niko and I took the train from Aarhus. Jakob and Christel came from Copenhagen.
At the trainstation in Aarhus, we came across some people who were politically involved in getting more nuclear power to Denmark. As you can see below, Nikolaj has a different view on that question (for non-danish readers: His bag says “No to Nuclear Power”).
There was a good atmosphere at Dexter, and once again, the place was packed and nearly sold out. Magnificent. There were two downsides of the evening: 1) When we had played two songs, the electricity went out for twenty minutes! The Dexter crew had never experienced anything like it, so they panicked a bit. We thought about playing the rest of the show acoustic, but that wouldn’t work for Murder, because they had electric guitars and basses. The Odense audience were very patient, and when the lights came back on, they were eager to hear more music. Fantastic.
The other downside of the evening was, that it was so wonderful to have Mikael with us, that we are sad that he can’t join us at the last show in Copenhagen. Well, that wasn’t really a downside, was it. I can assure you that it isn’t the last time Hymns from Nineveh performs is a quintet.
Mikael, Jakob and Christel had to leave early, but Niko and I stayed for the whole Murder show, which was, once again a fantastic show. Jacob Bellens’s lowfrequency vocal literally made the floor shake beneath our feet. Murder were kind to offer us a ride home to Copenhagen. It was a good feeling to be back home in your own bed.
Now we have a couple of days off before the final show in Copenhagen. It has been sold out for weeks – what a privilege.
Danish readers can find a big interview with Hymns from Nineveh in today’s edition of Kristeligt Dagblad.
My Dear readers.
Aalborg was the next target on the springtour. And spring it was – sunshine and birds singing, lovers walking, flowers blooming, and the expectations in the HfN camp were high after the fantastic Aarhus-experience.
Huset in Aalborg is a much smaller place, but also has a much more intemate atmosphere.
The place was packed, and the audience was so quiet. Thank you!
Murder made a fantastic performance, perhaps better than the 5-star Aarhusgig.
Below you can see some pictures I took during the day + some photos from the concert…….
It’s the day after the fantastic Voxhall show. I’m sitting in Mikaels cozy livingroom drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes. I’ve just read GAFFA’s 5 star review. Life is good! The Aarhus audience was so good listeners, and it was a great experience to play for them. You can’t always expect the audience to listen, when you are the supporting act. You can see more pictures from last night here.
It was a loooong day yesterday, both Nikolaj and I were awake for nearly 24 hours. Well, Niko took a nap in the train.
We had to take an early train (06.50!) from Copenhagen because we needed to rehearse with Mikael, who had had little time to listen to the songs and read the instructions. But as the skilled musician he is, he had made some new guitarparts and some cool choirparts. We practised for 6 hours and drove to Voxhall, one of the finest and biggest venues in Aarhus.
I’ve been a MURDER-fan for several years, so it was nice to finally meet them. And to be able to see them 4 times in a week. It’s Aalborg tonight – the third largest city in Denmark. I’ve never actually played in Aalborg, so I’m looking forward. Hope to see many people there too.
Happy Easter! I hope you have enjoyed the Easter Holiday! I spent mine in the beautiful Faroe Islands. I played a show in the capital city, Torshavn, and also got some time off to visit a good friend of mine and the breathtaking Faroese highlands.
Tuesday morning I was interviewed to the Faroese National Radio (the morning show called “Good Morning Faroe Islands”. I also played two songs, So mournful the elegy, So comforting the hymn and Selma. Listen to it here.
Wednesday I played at The Nordic House, which must be one of the world’s most beutiful venues with a panorama view over Torshavn city and the Atlantic Ocean.
Hello Hello my dear reader.
Day 9 of the Album recording was an extraordinary day. Instead of recording at Pinligtavshed, Aske and I went to record in my appartment in Vesterbro. Here we did three small songs: “Eveningsong”, “Cocoon” and a brand new song called “Who can make a woeful heart to sing”.
We took a much more lo-fi approach to these recordings. Aske put up his Neumann mics in the middle of the room, and then I played the songs – guitar and vocal, that’s all. The idea is, that the listener will be able to go into different “soundrooms” when listening to the album.
My beloved reader.
Welcome back! As you might know from my previous blogpost, tuesday was a diffucult day. It was a bit like the picture above, out of focus, a blur. And as i mentioned, we listened to the things we did yesterday, and they weren’t bad after all. But we also spent some time on deciding what to do now. We aren’t the place we thought we would be by now. These things (often) happen when you make an album.
The old plan was to chose 5 songs at the time and finish them one song at the time. This plan didn’t work, so we decided, that we from now on, everytime we meet, will work on one new song and one song we already have begun recording. I think it will be a more dynamic process and the songs can “communicate” with each other. Hopefully this will also result in a more homogenous record. The focus is sharpened.
2 PM: Today is different. The first thing I did this morning was to bake a bananacake. That is a good way to start the day. Got to the studio, where Andreas Brixen (lead singer of Bodebrixen, who is in fact a very talented drummer) had gotten ready to play drums on So mournful and Selma. I am not that good with drums, but I like the drums on The National’s fantastic album Boxer, so we will try to aim at that drumsound. Later today my brother in law, Mads (of upcoming band Monkey Face) will come and do some electric guitar on the two songs. I’m looking forward. 5 PM: Andreas just left. He ended up doing a lot of different stuff, including some crazy, stumbling outbursts on the drums with no beat what so ever. Mads has come and is currently doing some simplistic one-note things on Selma. Yeah! 6 PM: Done for today. The things Mads did, made me get some ideas, I wouldn’t have got if he wouldn’t have come. Mads also did some outrageously distorted guitars on So mournful – Aske was a soundwizard here. So mournful is developing into an orchestral thunderstorm. We’ve decided not to do anymore on this song for now – we could go on for ever! So – now I have some days off. Aske and the rest of Bodebrixen is going to London to play some gigs. If you happen to be in London the next couple of days, be shure to go! /Jonas
Read more about Hymns from Nineveh here.