i am back from my wanderings in scandinavia. for all who are wondering, all orders have been shipped out yesterday and today, including many backorders for psalters.
my last few days in scandinavia were amazing. i was in umea, sweden visiting friends who are in skapet and soapbox. umea is the epicenter of scandinavian emo-core and the home of the legendary band refused. i was there for almost 2 days and then spent 12 hours riding on buses and trains to get to trondheim, norway. before leaving, i saw a special concert arranged by krister who is a music teacher for 7th/8th grade in umea. the music classes form rock bands and teach the students songs. several of these bands played. you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen 13/14 year olds play the hits from metallica, dio, and helloween. and you thought metal was dead. got an amazing record from umea’s the female anchor of sade. oh yeah, that’s the stuff. some of the members are in the screamo insane band asterisk on three one g.
trondheim is home to my friend rolf who contributed a track to a velvet empire records (r.i.p.) comp a few years back. the kind folks from the lionheart bros. also live there. marcus (lionheart), rolf, rolf’s broter auden (also in lionheart), and i went to see the fjords for a few days. you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen some fjords. beautiful sharp mountains jutting out from the land near the water. unbelievable. this was really a highlight of the trip. thanks to rolf for hosting me and to the lionhearts for helping to entertain me. thanks to the magical candies that are home to sweden and norway.