Introducing: Døde Blomster, The Merging Between Get Your Gun And Narcosatanicos
The science world was rocked the other day by the documented detection of gravitational waves – due in part by the collision of two black holes somewhere in space creating ripples in space-time detectable by intricate lasers here on Earth. An allusion could be made here in the underground music community though too – two of the scenes heavy bands willingly uniting to create one.
In this instance it is the merging of Aarhus’s Narcosatanicos, and Aalborg’s Get Your Gun – two bands who we dearly love here at SOA to form one multi-headed monster: Døde Blomster.
The two groups first played together at last years Frost Festival in Copenhagen – an event that unfortunately took place just as the Copenhagen shootings were unfolding on a winter day, an event that no doubt affected the already dark cloud over the two bands’ mood as they found out on their phones just before they hit the stage in their church venue – the band have related their experience to me below:
“The show at ”Koncertkirken” was on the same day as the attack in Copenhagen, it was a really surreal experience. I remember Kasper from Narco reading from his phone that Copenhagen had been attacked; we thought he was joking but as you know, it turned out to be true. After that Narco had to go straight on stage so we didn’t really have time to process it before playing together. The feeling on stage and in the room was something special, people weren’t afraid, just glad to be out and listen to music. We went to a bar afterwards where we got locked in because the police told the bartender not to let anyone leave. In the beginning he wanted to stop selling alcohol and just wait until the police said it was okay to send people home, but that started a smaller riot of thirsty Danes who didn’t want some extremists to destroy their Saturday evening. We got drunk and thought: We have to do this again.” (Simon Westmark)
Tobias of Narcosatanicos had a different take on it:
“The ironic symbolism of performing in a place of worship while a (supposedly) religiously motivated attack was taking place, was not lost on us. Regardless, we were happy to serve as a very loud distraction from the general unease.”
A video of that performance was released yesterday to mark the anniversary of the attacks, and the band’s union – their re-interpretation of a Timber Timbre track, “Three Sisters”
Back then however – the collaboration was still under “Narcosatanicos/Get Your Gun” – an eight member collective that was a literal mash-up of the two groups on one stage. The band has since slimmed down to a quartet and morphed into their new moniker: Døde Blomster (dead flowers). The revised line-up is meant as a “musical playground” for both groups – and primarily contains Andreas and Simon Westmark (guitar/vocals and percussion) of Get Your Gun, and Tobias Holmbeck (guitar) with Zeki Søgaard (sax) of Narcosatanicos – at least on the next run of gigs. “The line-up will be changing according to whom gets an idea…” Simon tells us though.
But what of the music? Well – it’s fairly evident that Narcosatanicos are comfy with the improvisatory side of a live show – their cacophony of heavy kraut acid psych is an ever changing live experience, but I asked Westmark how he felt about Get Your Gun’s much more structured approach to a song-based show meeting with the Narco boys open format;
“ (when) We played the show together with Narcosatanicos and Get Your Gun at Frost Festival in ”Koncertkirken” in February last year – Andreas and I got the idea that we should do something together since we already knew each other a bit. We met up and got the idea to play a cover version of an instrumental piece by Timber Timbre called “The Three Sisters” – of course we changed it a lot, it some how made sense to play it slower and heavier. At the next shows we are doing this little improv quartet we made for a pre-event for a festival some friends arranged called Mørke Dage. It went well, so we thought: Why not do it again? It’s challenging for me as a pretty ”normal” rock drummer to do these shows, but it’s good fun and when I play out of time, I can just say that it’s on purpose! In the future we’ll maybe do a duo show or expand the band with a string quartet, maybe if the shows turns out shit, we won’t do it ever again.”
While there are no plans to record any studio material, it seems the band have found a higher purpose in creating something more destructible on the live stage – with more of an “in the moment” jazz mentality. In fact – from their live films here – you could almost classify them as “acid jazz” or something along the post modern equivalent of it. Whatever the case – the evidence we have of them performing is stunningly haunting – and no doubt something fans of either bands or the genre have to experience live to receive.
We have the opportunity to do so soon when Døde Blomster perform at Tape (our newest venue) on the 4th of March. Until then – check out the band in their quartet form (below) perform for the Mørke Dag poster release and try and catch them live on their mini-tour soon.
Maybe the universe will implode and even this moment will cease to exist – in which case – nice knowing we existed at all.
Details: Kogekunst + Døde Blomster
Time: Doors open at 20.00
Price: 50 DKK