Friday, 24 October 2014

Day 5. Båten, Karlstad, Sweden - 13.09.2014.

In the morning we found a nice breakfast in the kitchen with 4-5 different types of amazing spreads and a superb local bread (with fruits inside!). Thanks for whoever has arranged it (still we don’t know who in person organized things in Oslo). The first thing we had to solve is the problems with our car – we called the Polish mechanic and arranged an earliest time possible, still we already knew there is a slight chance to get to Karlstad on time – we were to play an afternoon show for about one thousand people (not kidding!!!!) at 2pm. It would have been a special show, a particular attraction of a jogging race, which every year this small Swedish town holds – thanks to our organizers, guys from DeathTrap we would have had the chance to play there too. It would have been a unique experience, just see this video from last year’s event here:
So instead of blasting in front of lots of people who certainly haven’t heard anything of this type of music so far, we were waiting until the car mechanic managed to fix our car – but only the exhaust pipe, because there was no pneumatic there on Saturday, so we had to be content with our rusty reserve wheel and pray if it would survive the 230 kms between Oslo and Karlstad. As we were not in a rush any more (the afternoon show had already been started), we could fully enjoy the Northern nature for the first time on our way. Probably this was the most splendid landscape we crossed through with amazing dark forests and millions of small lakes around (we made a superb, relaxing picnic at one stop, that was really nice).

In the early evening we arrived to Karlstad, where we were about to play on a seemingly luxury boat standing afloat on Sweden’s biggest lake. Here we met and made friends with the night’s organizer Niklas (DeathTrap) and set up all the necessary arrangements before the show, and seeing the prices of drinks on the boat we were about to go to some shops to buy some supplementary booze for the night, when he informed us that all the bands will get a total of 70% discount on the consumption. Yeeeeaaahhh, that was excellent news, so our anxiety went away fast and we could get beers costing normally 6-7 Euros only for 1-2 Euros :) (Yes, the gossips are true, in Sweden the drinks are FUCKING expensive in bars!!).

Niklas told us it was the first time ever that this boat hosts gigs like this (and there are not really any other possibilities for making concerts in town), so he was not sure at all how the outcome would be. At 9pm there were no one around apart from the bands and organizers, but we were not worried at all (the number of discounted, consumpted beers were getting higher and higher really fast:). Then within 20 minutes, all of a sudden, the place got packed (yes, this is the right word, cos as Niklas informed us later there were 144 people who paid the entry!), so the show should start! Already with a great atmosphere created by the audience Bricanyl got on stage and rushed over their set – the sound was excellent even if the room did not seem like ideal for this type of shows at first. Niklas’ band DeathTrap provided some old-school based Death Metal/ Grind, it was really professional and could not be felt that they had played their set some hours earlier once more that day and might have been tired (especially vocals could have been affected). Then one more great local band came called Våldsamt Motstånd – raw Crust/ Metal mix with some inhuman vocals. The drummer showed it does not matter how much your cymbals are broken, they still can produce some harsh noise which give some dirtier sound (highly enjoyable!) to your music. It was well past midnight when we started our set and I was a bit afraid that the discount on drinks would have its effect on our playing (however, as usual for me not to drink before playing, I just had two shots of vodka at the bar, to the surprise of the barman – I suppose no one drinks vodka in itself at one shot here :) Well, my fears were baseless, and it turned out to be one of the greatest shows on tour – thanks a lot also for the enthusiastic audience. Here you can check some minutes of the vivid atmosphere:

The concert ended by 1am, which meant the closing time of the pub as well – the people disappeared as suddenly as they appeared some hours before. As in this small town apparently there were not many opportunities to continue in pubs, we made some funny afterparty at the sleeping place, which was a complex with offices, rehearsal rooms of the bands etc… We haven’t seen the videos made then, but maybe it is better, hehehe…  We knew we would have a day off the next day, still it proved to be busier as expected…

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