“Ompapaomompapa” from The Farlig Vandring album, performed by three different Panzerpappa line-ups, in 2003, 2013 and 2017.
Those were the days…
Early 2013 we were contacted by the organizers of the Rock In Opposition (RIO) festival in Carmaux, just outside Albi in the south of France, about playing at the festival. Arriving at the place was like coming to avant rock heaven: located at the striking Cap Découverte, some of the leading avant rockers are brought together there every year to celebrate the frontier of rock’n’roll. Hanging around, drinking wine, eating an enormous amount of crepes, it was all a memory to cherish.
Most important, of course, was the music. To be able to attend concerts with many of our favourite artists in a single weekend, was mind-boggling. And the best part of it all, was to present our own music in front of an audience so in tune with what Panzerpappa is all about.
From the moment we stepped onto the stage, we felt an immediate connection to the crowd. The reception was overwhelming, and made us put our heart and soul into every tune.
A lot of wonderful moments come to mind, but the one that we will remember the most, was being joined on-stage by Dave Kerman, one of the biggest avant rock inspirations of all times to us in the band. Dave contributed on the beginning of “Satam” by playing sandals (!) like there was no tomorrow. It started out as a joke, because Dave is famous for using Barbie dolls as drumsticks. Trond suggested that he would be using his sandals as drumsticks on the concert, but Dave replied “I can play sandals!”. And so he did.
Sandals – Dave Kerman
Saxophone/EWI – Steinar Børve
Keys – Hans Petter Alfredsen
Guitar – Jarle G. Storløkken
Bass – Anders K. Krabberød
Drums & Perc – Trond Gjellum
In corona times, one has to do SOMETHING…
We decided to revisit Steinar’s tune “Hulemysteriet”, from the 2001-album of the same name. This composition has been a regular feature in Panzerpappa’s live sets for almost 20 years. We had a great time recording and filming an updated version from lockdown, so we thought we’d share it with you. Enjoy!
Saxophone & EWI – Steinar Børve
Keys (Fender Rhodes 73, Farfisa Mini Compact Organ ’64) – Torgeir Wergeland Sørbye
Guitar – Jarle G. Storløkken
Bass & synth – Anders K. Krabberød
Drums & percussion – Trond Gjellum
Mix & master – Trond Gjellum
Video editing – Jarle G. Storløkken
Already from the beginning on, exploring odd metres and uncommon rhythms was important to Panzerpappa. Hulemysteriet (which means “Cave mystery”) was one of several songs which came about as a result of such explorations.
This particular song was conceived by Steinar after noticing a commonplace feature in child singing. Especially younger children can often run out of breath in the middle of a phrase while singing. This forces them to make a very short pause to draw breath before continuing the song. As a result of these short pauses of breath, the rhythm of the song will be slightly altered.
Normally, these pauses would appear at slightly irregular intervals and wouldn’t constitute a recurring rhythm. But Steinar’s idea was that, if you looped one such breathing pause event, this could become an interesting metre as a basis for a song. In the case of Hulemysteriet, this resulted in a 19/16 metre with a quite infantile melodic pattern to accompany it. Of course, the second half of the song is far from your ordinary children’s rhyme.