As I’m writing this the tour is just a dozen hours away and the excitment and eager to head out is peaking. Last night we had our last band practice before the tour starts and everything is feeling great. The set is tight and is a perfet mix of old and new songs. Unfortunately Martin had to stay home and rest instead, since he wasn’t feeling to well. Pre tour nerves? Who knows, but he wanted to rest so that he would feel better in time for the tour.
The days just before a tour is always the worst days. It feels like time stand still and the restlessness is unbearable. Quite similar to the feeling I used to have as a kid the days before Christmas. Now, all that is left is to pack my bag and gather all my shit and hopefully get a good night sleep.
We will bring new t-shirts on this tour, as well as the old ones (there are a few of them left), patches, backpatches, cool tote bags and of course the 7″ vinyl. So bring your savings and support a band on tour.
During the tour, we will post new blog posts as often as we can. So you’ll be able to follow us through Denmark, Germany and Poland via your computer. We are stoked to play all these great shows and meet a lot of old and new friends on the road. Go!
It’s new years eve, and we are all back in Gothenburg again after spending the past week in a cottage to work on our upcoming album. It has been wonderful time and the stress-releasing environment was perfect for us to focus on Age of Woe related stuff.
Although, since the cottage is located out in the countryside, we had a hard time posting new blog posts on a daily basis to let you know how we were doing. Hence this recap post.
We went to the cottage with a few new songs and a lot of riffs and ideas in the bag, so we had a lot to work on and the main goal with this expedition was to get a clear picture of what the album would sound like, what direction to take and also to record pre-prods of all the songs. As most of the times, things tend to go quite fast once we have started to work and this was no exception. We rarely think about what kind of song we want to write or how we want the structures to be. It kind of comes naturally, as if the songs have their own life force. It has more or less become the Age of Woe way of writing songs – everything starts with a riff.
In the end we recorded 6 tracks and some other riffs and ideas, so we have come a long way towards completing the writing process for this album. Of course we can’t know for sure if all the songs we made so far will make it on the album, but at the moment they all feel very solid. Anyway, it will be a very heavy, groovy and evil album. That’s for sure.
On Wednesday, December 28th, we went back to Gothenburg to play the Scorched Tundra Festival at Sticky Fingers together with As You Drown, Marionette, Zombiekrig and Eldrimner. It was a wicked night and there were a lot of people attending this show.
You can watch some photos of the show here:
Our second day of Amish living has largely been dedicated to carrying various devices and making sure they are operational after traversing the storm Dagmar, which has plagued the west coast for two days now.
Our means of transportation consist of an older VW van, which has seen better times. It has, however, shifted our gear to where it needs to be, which is an even smaller cabin than our living quarters.
Martin has yet to arrive, but still, we have managed to produce some fragments, which could result in a song or two, at later juncture. A video of that process will soon be available for your perusal.
Later in the day we had a visit from Alexi from Pivotal Rockordings and label colleagues Aron and Mikael of Marionette. Good food and drink doubtlessly contributed to fruitful conversation regarding future ventures.
Four fifths of Age of Woe (Martin is still stuck in the hell they call “the festive season”) have now entered a small cabin, in the middle of Bohuslän on the Swedish west coast. Thus, Age of Woe has temporarily shifted shape to become Age of Amish.
In this dwelling, surrounded by ancient rune stones and fjords, we shall spend the week before New Years writing and recording a pre production for our next release, as well as preparing for our appearance on the Scorched Tundra Festival on the 28th. Expect full coverage of our activities in this blog. Text, images and video clips will update you on our progress.
It’s been a long and intense weekend for Age Of Woe and we have worked extremely hard. In retrospect, we have been very efficient while recording all the tracks. All that remains now is for Carlos to set the right sound and level for each and every track we have recorded. It’s going to take a while since we have done several recordings on every instrument, to get the right feel to it and also to chose the best parts. So there’s a lot of raw material to work with. Carlos will do a great job with mixing the songs just as we want them. The result is going to be devastating, in a good way of course. We hope we will be able to post a song online soon. So stay tuned!