After releasing our first singel worldwide, in all the major stores and streamingservices, itunes, spotify +++, we made this video so all of the ipad and mobile users could more easily reach our music, and read the lyrics at the same time .
Cult Fiction are playing June 1st, on the Norwegian eqiuvalent of the Festival “Fête de la Musique”.
It’s the worlds largest music festival, started back in 1982 by the French Minister of Culture Jack Lange, with over 100 countries attending!
As a part of Fête de la Musique, all venues are outdoors, and every concert are free of charge.
Cult Fiction is playing ‘Signalen’, a venue 3 feet from sea, at the very tip of the half-island
Our stagetime starts at 21.15
Facebook link to event: Cult Fiction Live at Musikkfest!
Alot of very talented bands are playing at ‘Signalen, making the little trip across the fjord worth your while!
Facebook link to event: Musikkfest at Nesodden 2013!
For program and map:
For information on how to get there (and back):
Always, and I mean always, I can’t stress this enough, remember humor. We’ve been working with our main focus on recording as much as possible and to seal the album’s backbone at the same place, with the same guys (5 guys in the studio can be a lot less fun than we had ). Now, back home, we look back at an entire album recording in just 37 hours of intense studio time. Humor proved to be critical, and the chemistry we had allowed us to work as a well oiled machine. We’d made as much preparation back home as possible, but we didn’t make a full fledged pre-production, as we felt we knew the songs well enough to just go in and do whatever needed to be done on the spot. Now we let this simmer through the summer, and let the masterminds of Jonathan and Alexander (our fantastic sound-engineers) work their magic on this. Can not wait to hear the result, guys!
Dear Cult Fictionaire’s:
Wow, what a fantastic experience it’s been the past week, full-time focused on recording, filming and writing.
This entry is a few days late, as I now am fully rested after this arduous home-trip. The rest was much needed, since the last day encompassed 3 hours sleep after being in the studio for 11 hours, recording 80% of the vocals, almost all the electric guitar, all the acoustic guitar, choir on a couple of songs, and some drum-overdubs, packing everything up and cleaning the apartment before shooting off to the airport leaving Liverpool behind for now. The flight landed 15 minutes early in Norway, which didn’t hurt at all , a quick round through the tax-free before trying to remember where we parked the car, and around 5 PM local time, we were on our way back home. Around 10:30 PM I parked my car outside my house, dragged the luggage all the way in to the livingroom (a whopping 10 metres ), and spent the next 3 hours just winding down before finally falling to pieces in my own, sweet, bed.
To be honest, the last 2 days of recording, are a bit blurry, so many songs done, and we kept going back and forth as to save ourselves from going slowly mad by doing one song complete before moving to the next. As our engineers put it: “one take wonders…”, which is a natural cause of being prepared to play live at the drop of a pin, I guess . Cheers for your kind words along the way Jonathan and Alex, what a team!
The last night proved to be a night of pleasant surprises as we went outside for a short break during the LIPA pub’s opening hours and we could hear an operatic, clean, female voice happily singing random melodies behind us. 5 minutes later, we acquired that voice to do some ad-lib melodies as backing for a couple of tracks, and another beautiful voice joined up to further make these songs magical. Thank you Alys Crisp and Kiki Brown for lending us your beautiful voices, we can’t express our gratitude enough!
They also left a lot of good energy in the room, which made the remaining hours a blast working through, and we never had anything but laughs in the end.
When we finally finished off everything, much to our bewilderment, we just went to our temporary abode and started preparing for our trip home. Not even when we got up after 3 hours sleeping, did we realise that we actually recording the entire album, 10 songs, 4 days, totalling 37 hours of recording. As we got home, and, speaking for myself, had enough rest to fathom it, we have actually done what we set out to do! Yeeehaaaw!
We even made some new friends along the way, and met people that are guaranteed to go places with their skills and hard-working. Jonathan Nield and Alexander Dalby, you guys are fantastic engineers, and a blast to hang around; hat’s off to both of you, we are almost in tears over here for what you guys managed to pull out of us!
Speaking as a band, we’ve become a lot closer, tightly nit, if you will, and we can lean on each other more than we did prior to the recording. We know each other better, and we also know that we work well under pressure together, which is definetly not going to be the last time we do…
Since I, André, am the ‘new guy’ in the band, I feel that I can release some of my observations.
Since I joined the band 6 months ago, we’ve developed the music to be both live friendly and studio friendly. The smaller things, the details, are what makes the songs stand out, along with how we choose to accept them for ourselves. The art of always tweaking, but to know when to stop, and realising it’s finished, THAT is something which makes or breaks the band… I don’t want to say too much here, but suffice to say that the last take we did, I had to restrain Max from going in a never-ending loop of final takes. ‘Max, it’s time to sign the work as finished, and let it be polished by our esteemed engineers.’ And on that note, we’ve come a long way only since I joined; the journey has merely begun…
Thanks for following us this past week, we’re already started producing fresh material for the next album, so keep tuning for updates on future events, gigs and tours! We would like to thank Jonathan Nield, Alexander Dalby for an excellent adventure at LIPA, Alexander Moltzau and Filip Kolber, for pulling the strings in order for this to happen, Alys Crisp & Kiki Brown for their beautiful additions to the album, our friends and family for their ongoing, all-too necessary support, and YOU GUYS for taking an interest in reading these words.
In short: All of you makes us very humble, and gives us energy to continue trudging onwards in the sea of bands out there. Until next time, Cult Fiction Salutes YOU!
When going in to record the drums the second day, alot of thoughts are pressing through. I find myself contemplating if all the previous recordings was good enough, and I quickly re-assure myself that it’s pointless to continue that thought. It becomes a question of wasting my time, or focusing on the task at hand. In short, there’s only one moment that matters, and that is now, regardless of what I’m doing.
Dear Cult Fictionaire’s:
We have been preparing for the studio all day until 7 pm. Before we knew, time ran out, and we had to rush to be there on time.
Well in the studio, fast set-up, line-check (due to the fact we have to rig up AND down until because the studios are booked continuously throughout all hours of the day/night…), and all systems go!
Recorded the drums for the remaining 4 songs. Actually had time to spare (!) so our techinicians felt inspired and had a jam, which was a nice note to end the recording session on.
After this day, we headed out and had a couple of beers at one of the bars still open late in the night (around 2 AM), just to wind down, feeling really tired (as you probably can tell from the video, that our humour isn’t exactly for well rested people…), or Max went home to relax, André & Oerjan headed out to see what was going on in the early morning hours of Liverpool .
Since we are a bit pressed for time, here’s a link to some pictures that caught the ‘sound’ of it all:
These past few days in the studio have been so tiring, we didn’t notice how much energy we’ve spent on getting this as good as possible, that day 5 was just spent recuperating. Walking short distances, eating well, not even looking at our instruments (for longer than 5 minutes a pop, can’t stop playing altogether now, can we? )
I tried writing this blog yesterday, but my mind had just shut down from exhaustion, which is a good sign, and I hope you can hear it when the album is released!
André and Oerjan needed to experience something completely different, so we looked around for something other than a dance bar after finishing the recording, and lo and behold, we found ‘The Swan’. Slayer pumping out of the speakers acted was a really, really, welcome sound, so we had to have a beer there. And as soon as the beer was finished, the bar closed, which was our cue to get home and rest.
Now we’re packing up to head in to day 3 in the studio, where we will record bass, guitar, start on the vocal and do the small drum overdubs (which I will not disclose at this point what is…).
See you on the other side, Cult Fictionaire’s, wish you all the best!
Preparing for a recording always takes a certain frame of mind, and focus is of the utmost importance. I find myself thinking of everything but entering the studio, and what is to be recorded. I have a constant longing of holding the sticks, hearing the click, and using the pad for rudimentary exercises. As soon as we’re in the studio, and ready to record, everything else dissipates and there’s no thoughts except the momentum of recording.
Dear Cult Fictionaire’s:
We spent the entire day relaxing and sorting out the last details regarding the songs before heading into the studio and commencing the recording.
Met up with Alexander Moltzau, Jonathan Nield and Alexander Dalby at a restaurant called Tokyo where we had a lovely meal before we headed towards LIPA.
That last cup of coffee, that last cigarette, that last few ‘free’ minutes before entering the studio and the all encompassing focus to detail and music enveloped us completely, is always a serene moment.
When we had finished setting up (always takes longer than anticipated, so why anticipate? ) and were ready to go, the main focus was on laying down the drums. In just shy of 4 hours continuous recording, 60% of the drums are done. We took at least 3 takes of each song, even though they all sounded fine, you never know .
Mind you, this is an arduous task, but it’s alot of fun, and it really feels all natural to us; this is what we are supposed to do! 8 hours total in the studio is absolutely exhausting, but the sence of accomplishment is just unmatched in anything else.
Well now, people, thanks for stopping by, and tune in again tomorrow for another Liverpool/LIPA/Studio update! See you soon, on the other side o.0…