In a week, on July 31st, we are staging the one and only performance of a new work called ‘En konsert for folk flest’ (‘A consert for most people’) in the Nidaros cathedral in our hometown Trondheim.
Comissioned by Olavsfestdagene and sung entirely in Norwegian, this is our first foray into the art of Norwegian lyric writing, and although we’ve had help from author Johan Harstad to refine and sharpen these lyrics, we are scared shitless!
Still: from the beginning of this project we’ve felt the need to do this properly, and when the OFD presented “folk” (‘people’) as the theme for this year’s festival, we thought it would be fun to have a closer look at this by utilizing that entirely political entity “folk flest”. Meaning ‘most people’ or ‘the general public’, this phrase has been used by all politicians in Norway – and probably everywhere else for that matter – over the last few decades as a marker signaling who they all claim to speak for. Along with most people we find this obnoxious and wrong – our ruling party currently has less than 30% in the polls, and can by no means whatsoever be said to represent ‘folk flest’ – so being the cheeky bastards we are, we figured we’d hijack the term and tweak it a bit to make it ours instead. It is after all the job of the arts to mirror the society it comes from and we thought this was a good oportunity to use it to have a closer look at who we Norwegians are as a nation and as a people: what it is that makes us who we are and finally what we may actually have in common.
I’m sure you’ll all agree that Motorpsycho has as much a right to this term as any political party: we stand for something (y’all know what!), we have sold more concert tickets and albums than they have, and we figure we are just as good at make believe as they are…
To do this in english would be a bit on the absurd side even for us, so here we are!
For this concert, we are joined by our co-writer Ståle Storløkken at the Steinmeyer organ as well as the 24 piece chamber choir Kammerkoret Aurum and our old friends Ole Henrik ‘Ohm’ Moe and Kari Rønnekleiv on strings. Pekka Stokke is doing the visuals, and we garantee an absolute feast for both the ears and the eyes! None more big and none more black, this is a unique performance unlike anything we’ve ever tried to get away with, and it promises to be a complete mindfuck. Catch it if you have the chance!
Be seeing you…
It would be so great to see and hear that. It’s a really great and nice idea and so necessary. So: Go go go ….
You’re right Lisa!
Time to start learning Norwegian for us all )
It will be another milestone in their career and in our lives …even if I really can be there, my soul will be!
Yesterday was the best Motorpsycho happening I have ever had the pleasure of attending!! It was so intensely OVERWHELMINGLY awesome and brilliant!! I was entranced most of the concert, so entranced I had to remind myself to open my eyes to enjoy the mindboggingly majestic surroundings in Nidarosdomen….. it was THAT good……. and I must add that I have been following Motorpsycho since the Demon Box release party at UFFA in 1993!! I have seen Motorpsycho more than 20 times….. and yesterday was THE BEST EVER !!!!!!!!! DAMN !!!!!! <3 <3 <3
…. ps. Ståle Storløkken SHOULD BE a permanent part of Motorpsycho….. and you should do more things in this vein….. just like The Deathdefying Unicorn, which is by far your best album ever….. I can´t wait to get my hands on "For Folk Flest" when it is released on vinyl!!!
WOO-MOTHERFUCKING-HOO!!!!! Damn……. <3
Absolutely agree Frode. I have seen two of the Orgelfest concerts so I felt kinda prepared, but this was at a new level. Again.
As fpr the future I would say we let them do whatever they want. It is allways something more and better than before. (I did exchange a couple of words with TOS after the concert though, and suggested he bring in SUNN O))) and do something together in with Motorpsycho in the Cathedral. That might become something interesting :-)
Great ida Thor Egil….Sunn O and Motorpsycho…Thats something….And maby Minibus Pimps….Sunn O…Motorpsycho…++ Ståle and Reine and Deathprod and John Paul Jones….Then we are talking.. Muligens for mye kokker i samme suppa…
Please, PLEASE, release a DVD of the concert, I live too far and couldn’t afford a ticket to come and see it, but seeing the videos and photos I believe everybody should have the opportunity of experience at least a small part of what happened there.
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