A tour through three Danish cities was undertaken prior to the May 25th release of Periskop 40 on Uhrlaut Records.
• Copenhagen on May 22nd at PB43 with Volto, DJ Sly Nein and Maltmaster Whiskybar
• Aarhus on May 23rd at Trøjborg Beboerhus with SOL and DJ Noianiz
• Aalborg on May 24th at Platform4 with Aedra
It turned out to be three intense days and nights, with plenty of interest, music, last minute planing, dodgy train WiFi, a bit of whisky and practically no sleep.
The digital content of the release (288 mp3 files and 40 artwork files on a USB) was finished after months of work on the night before the tour. This meant the assembly of the different elements of the physical edition gatefold started on the first day of the tour.
This also meant the uploading of the free download files took place whenever we were near stable WiFi, and that the coding of the Periskop and Uhrlaut websites took place in between the usual tour activities of traveling and setting up. On top of this, we were invited onto an early morning radio show on a nationwide Danish radio station.
A fitting venue. A bar with submarine friendly smoky whisky. A DJ who understands what’s going on. An introduction to the release by Christian Villum of Uhrlaut. A short talk about my music work by me. A complete playback of the vinyl. A live act/band with a heavy noisy sound and some talent.
Copenhagen on May 22nd at PB43
PB43 is an abandoned industrial complex momentarily available for cultural initiatives. It is not located centrally and the weather was bad even for a Danish Summer evening. Luckily people showed up anyway, and the fine but affordable selection of the Maltmaster Whiskybar made sure mood and temperature inside the concrete walls were good.
Aarhus on May 23rd at Trøjborg Beboerhus
Trøjborg Beboerhus is a well-known venue in Aarhus among the non-established. We ended up with no organizers to make preparations so everything was done in a hurry. Including picking up equipment at five different locations for SOL – the six-person doom metal ensemble of the evening.
The SOL concert stole the show, and more than half of the crowd had clearly come for that part of the evening, emptying the bar twice. Luckily a handful of metal heads also blended in during the Periskop session, just as nobody seemed to be affronted by the crushing and yet esoteric doom metal of SOL. I guess there is still hope for my home town.
Aalborg on May 24th at Platform4
In Aalborg, the Platform4 venue awaited inside the city’s closed down amusement park. While it was the least visited of the three evenings, it was also the one with the technically most satisfactory set-up, and the one with the most casual atmosphere. After the presentation and listening session, the local progressive sludge band Aedra played the first ever metal concert at Platform4.
45 tour photos
I would like to express my thanks to the following people for making the tour possible and/or successful.
• Christian Villum of Uhrlaut Records for hard work throughout the process. From the earliest concept development through planing to managing practicalities and handling the press.
• Michael Gaardsøe of ROI + crew for promoting and organizing the Copenhagen evening.
• Jens Ulrik Jørgensen for appearing as Volto.
• Lau Reinhold Kjeldsen for appearing as DJ Sly Nein.
• Lars Lundehave Hansen of Maltmaster Whiskytasting for setting up a quality whisky bar.
• Sune Petersen for techical assistance.
• Rasmus Nielsen Bitsch of Radio24syv for interview set-up and airplay.
• LJUD for promoting the Aarhus evening and use of equipment.
• Nis Noia Sandberg for appearing as DJ Noianiz.
• Emil Brahe with Andreas Hansn, Christian Qvortrup, Lotte Maxild, Peter Borre and Tor Brandt for appearing as SOL.
• Julie Aasland Hansen for bar management in Aarhus.
• Yngve Stensaker & Bjarke Rønnow of Platform4 for organising the Aalborg evening.
• Peter Drastrup, Morten Purup and Loke Ansbjerg for appearing as Aedra.
• Jais Ikkala of Kulturformidleren for coverage of the Aalborg evening.