You wind me up like the spring in a clock

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Just because we haven’t been shouting about it doesn’t mean Dan and I haven’t been working hard like two diligent little ants. We have been dealing with changes of scenery, tedious business planning and lots of new to-do’s, so time has not exactly been to spare. One of the most exciting fruits of the labour will – eventually – be the Ever Anew album. 

We are taking our sweet time with this one, and we are nowhere close to a release date. Sorry. However, I can tell you that there’s some very cool sounds coming out of the HandsDown studio these days, and there are so many ideas I can’t wait to share! The one track we have already put out there did get some sweet feedback, and I can only hope you will like the next ones as much.

My favourite track off the album right now is called Clockwork. It’s a working title, but I’m starting to think it’s a keeper. I love the instrumental. Like anything out of the HandsDown studio it has a real vibe, a special little something. It even has Dan playing the violin! I honestly don’t think there’s an instrument that boy can’t teach himself. The bastard.

(Dan himself would insist on pointing out that he isn’t a violinist just yet. But I say it’s just a matter of time, so I won’t bother.)

DSC_0022After spending a few weeks getting to know the track, the lyrics came tumbling over the last couple of days – just in time for a weekend of vocal demoing before returning to Norway. And just so I’ve explained myself here too: I am off working as a music teacher at my old high school in Jevnaker for a few months, and this little pearl of beauty is where I’m calling home these days. A big ol’ house in the woods to myself, built by my grandad, right between two pairs of aunts and uncles and a waterfall. Not too shabby for Audrey.

Anyway, Clockwork. The sound is different – ever anew – and still a bit of a throwback to the past. I rap on this one. The subject however points to a less fun corner of the past. It describes the frustration of being stuck in a circle, waiting for something to shake you out of your misery. Clinging to dreams that are starting to feel like the wrong fit, with no plans other than the blueprints for a ridiculous castle on a cloud. Realising you aren’t getting anywhere and that there’s a choice to be made: either find out what you actually want and go get it, or settle in that random thing you happened to stumble into after dropping out of college four years ago. Luckily in my case, I stumbled again and ended up in Liverpool.

Although I am really enjoying good old Norway with all the exciting new stuff (including teaching a bunch of 14 year olds about alternative music and lunching with my old maths teacher), coming back to Liverpool for Easter has been a real inspiration. Taking a step back from all the sudden changes of late was nice (and needed), and for a precious little week I have retreated to the only “normal” I’ve known for years· There’s been long, creative nights, lazy days, rendezvous’s with nears and dears and basking in Liverpool sun. It’s been nice.

Although the abundance of awesome food I am within walking distance of right now does make me grin stupidly, the best part of this Holiday is still that this time I get to take Dan with me when I go. For a while. We’re setting up a mini studio in the quiet little house in the woods, so we can keep working on the album. I am sure the surroundings will inspire.

…What with the trolls and all.

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Further down the line, who knows. It’s like the map in Baldur’s Gate, where the path keeps revealing itself as you move along. The immediate plans are many. Dan will be producing a few different artists, and keep writing for Screen Robot. I will keep teaching One Direction-fans about real music for another couple of month, then go on to teach songwriting and “artistery” to the young and promising over the summer. The eventual goal is still Amsterdam. I know some think that is just another castle in the sky, but stranger things have happened.

We’ll see.

Have a good Easter!

Audrey
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Links:

Hands Down Music Production
Ever Anew on Twitter
Soundcloud: Flashes (free download)
Peter Guy (The Liverpool Echo) about ‘Flashes’
Screen Robot: ‘The ten greatest movie hedonists’ by Dan Drumm

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How You Suck Me In…

After a couple of months just spent “landing,” after a long year of hard work and many challenges, we decided it was time to get back to Liverpool and back to work. To celebrate being back and kick off a new era for Ever Anew, we want to share with you the video that we did with Lars Helgeland a while ago. I hope you like it!

About the song

The song is called How You Suck Me In, and is Ever Anew’s little quickie. Written by Audrey on acoustic guitar, further developed by Dan and later seasoned with Kristian’s pianeering (…) it’s a fairly simple little thing; but touches upon some less simple subjects. The harsh message in the lyrics always seams to catch people off guard, and it has been great to see the live audiences’ response to the song over the last few months. Now we are hoping to get some response from the interwebs as well – please let us know what you think of the video, and share it with anyone you think might enjoy it. We appreciate all the help we can get spreading the word! 

Download the song for free on Soundcloud

How You Suck Me In. I could tell you to go. I could tell you to leave me the hell alone. I could let you know how it messed with my head when you said I was better in bed than her. But I would never do that. Cause I’m afraid you might listen. And I wouldn’t want that. Cause I know I would miss it. So I’ll strap on a smile and my armour, and let you fuck me up again… And let you fuck me up again, boy. I never thought I’d be her. She’s a horrible bitch I have hated before. It’s so unfair how you suck me in, I can’t win when you force your way under my skin…! I try to wash you off, but somehow I’m not getting clean. Until I’m under a new, I’ll feel your weight on me. So here I am, faking with some fool… Cause you done fucked me up again. Cause you done fucked me up again, boy. I could tell you to go…

© EVER ANEW 2013

Live Photos 2013

Over the last six months we have been easing our way into the Liverpool live scene, and I would like to share the pictures from some of the gigs we have done so far. Thank you so much to Dave Forbes (Zanzibar 8/3), Harry Armytage (LIPA, 9/3) and Dolly Williams (Camp and Furnace, 8/6) for some great shots!

A bit of newsies:

We are currently working on writing new material and planning some exciting new releases for you guys, and we can’t wait to get back on stage in October. But before then there’s a tasty little video coming; made by noone else than Lars Helgeland who among other great things has made this video for Secret Sebastian (which has had a crazy 12 000 views by now!!). It is called How You Suck Me In and will be up in just a few long, warm, Norwegian Summer days. So keep your eyes open.

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Speaking of long, warm, Norwegian Summer days; today Dan and I had a nice chat in the sun with John Erik from Hadeland, one of the local newspapers over here that are doing an article on us next week. We took some fun pictures outside my old school, appropriate enough as that is where I first went to music kindergarten when I was 4. It’s nice to look back while thinking ahead, and I am really enjoying being home right now. Soon enough, next week to be exact, we will be going back to Liverpool; to the studio, to the city that birthed us, to Graduation and whatever new things life has in store for Ever Anew. But for another few days, I’m home. For barbecues, singing in the sun and swimming in the fjord. 

Please have a great summer! I hope you like the pictures enough to be excited about the video!

xx, Audrey

Live Time – finally!

After months of rehearsing, writing new songs and working hard on the beautiful circus that is Ever Anew, it is time.

We’ve got a few gigs lined up and more being organised as we speak (keep an eye on the Live section), so we do hope to see some familiar faces when we finally step on to those stages. First up is THE BRINK in one week today, which is a bit special since that’s where we did the EP launch in May. I love the place, and the atmosphere and the people are lovely. Plus it’s a dry bar, so people actually listen to the performances, which is a nice change. And of course you can’t go wrong with a nice cup of tea! The food is great as well, check out their drink and food menus for a better impression than I can give you!

Good times at The Brink, May 2012
Good times with amazing people at The Brink in 2012. The NEW Ever Anew is back at The Brink 19/02, for our first gig of 2013!

We will be playing last, after Aurora, Tom Crofts and Matthew McGurty. Show starts 8 and finishes at 10:45. See you there…?

Ready for a teaser…? aka TWO DAYS LEEEEFT!!!

Yup yup yuuuup, Hide For Cupid is only 2 days away from being out there for you all to hear, and here’s a little teaser I made for you. So go on. Let me tease you a little bit.

Getting ready!

February 2013:

We are so freakin’ excited about stepping onto the stages of Liverpool after what feels like a fun forever of preparations, and that’s not even the only cool thing happening these days. Our new single “Hide For Cupid” will be released as a free download on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) 2013, and “One Addiction” (featured in this video) will follow shortly after. Yay!

Confirmed Liverpool dates:
Feb. 19th: The Brink
March 9th: Zanzibar
March 14th: The Paul McCartney Auditorium, LIPA

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See you soon!

Audrey.

Video:
All Film & Photos are shot by the beautiful Dolly Williams and edited by me. 🙂

Dolly

More than a Dream

The old “AudreyWilsen” website disappeared when the band went from “I” to “we” and changed domains, and so symbolically we start over, with a brand new website and blog to go with the new name. Fresh start and all that. So welcome to the wagon – I hope you’re coming along for the ride. ;-P

Not a lot has been going on this summer. We have done a couple of great acoustic gigs in Norway, sold a few EPs to some very lovely people and even had the EP played on Norwegian radio, and right now we are happy to be back in Liverpool to focus and look ahead. Our last year at LIPA is approaching through the woods with gigantic, noisy troll steps, and come September we will have our hands full getting a live band together and planning the year in a little more detail than the somewhat vague To-Do-List we’ve got going on at the minute…;

  • Get a band together
  • Write new songs
  • Gig a lot

Since Ever Anew has only been “a thing” for the last six months or so, and since this is a brand new blog, why don’t I give you the whole story. The short version of course. The synopsis, if you will. See, Ever Anew is just one chapter in a long story about a girl who just wouldn’t shut up. A story about passion, dreams, love and friendship and, most importantly, about finding yourself, again and again, and realising that you will always be one step ahead of yourself, always looking, ever changing; Ever Anew. To me, it means that no matter how much you change, you always keep a part of “before” with you, and braid it into the new. Many parts, actually. And you need people close to you to remind you who you were, and accept who you’re becomingEver Anew is my story.

There, I went all deep on you. Wasn’t gonna. But you know. What’s a little honesty between friends?

So. What has Ever Anew managed to pull off so far then?

Well, after a whole lot of highs, lows and hard work, there was obviously the EP release – Big success. Not in the commercial sense really, we didn’t in any way sell out all the EPs or draw a massive audience or anything – but that wasn’t the goal either. It was a truly magical night with friends and family in the audience, on stage, and behind the scenes to share and celebrate our Big Day. Which is exactly what we wanted it to be. It really was the day that Ever Anew officially became something more than a dream.
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After the launch of the EP, Dan and I did a couple of acoustic gigs in Norway. I love coming back to the warmth and support of my home town and hearing my songs on the radio (whoopee!), and I am so glad they keep inviting me back to play and share. Best audience ever! This time around we met some cool people, saw some amazing bands, and me personally, I learned that I have a second cousin who sounds EXACTLY like Neil Young. Fancy that.

 

 

That pretty much sums up Ever Anew so far; we can’t wait to get started again and to start gigging properly, with a full band and a box of EPs by our side!

See you there?

Get one! ;-P