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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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

Presenting: The new Ever Anew!

Finally!

The whole band is finally in place, and I can’t wait to start playing live with these awesome awesome guys! We were lucky enough to get to keep Kristian from the EP Launch (WUHU!!), but the rest of the players are brand spankin’ new to the table. Ready? Embrace the boys! ❤

Kristian Barli
Kristian is the only other Norwegian in the bunch, and he is a wizard on keys. He’s a busy boy, and has a lot of different balls in the air – bands and musicals and you name it – and we are lucky to have him. I’m looking forward to having his flair sprinkled all over the (Ever A)new songs!

Kobi Pham
Kobi first contacted me about playing at the release gig, but Will Rogers was already on the job then. Since Will is busy doing his own stuff this year I emailed Kobi when the time came to re-group, and he jumped straight on it. He is so great, he is passionate about the music and has lots of good ideas. Before I even asked him to join he had bought the EP off iTunes and learned two of the songs just because he liked them…! He also found the rest of the bunch for us, so YAY Kobi!

Wana Shibemba
Awesome guy, loves the music, comes prepared and knows his shit. Just look at him. Fierce! Haha, but seriously, he is one funky mofo.

Elliot Chapman
Elliot was the last piece of the puzzle, and we had one hell of a first rehearsal on Wednesday. He is going to bring some electronic kit-bits in very soon, so we can play around with awesome sounds. Way cool.

Daniel Drumm
And of course you know Dan. He has been coming up with some fantastic song ideas lately, and we are pretty much writing every day now. We’re totally on the same page with the sound, and I am loving the new songs. Which you will hear soon enough by the way. 😉

We’ve only had one rehearsal all together, but it was a great rehearsal. It is so fantastic to play with a band where everyone is involved, enthusiastic, likes the music and puts the work in between rehearsals! Yes!! We got through Hide Away and Any Day Now last week, and I’m already looking forward to playing Nothing I Could Do and Free on Wednesday. And then, on to the new stuff!

We might try some covers eventually as well – there’s so many amazing bands out there at the minute!! Such as, you say, and I won’t disappoint. The bands I can’t live without right now are Active Child, Everything Everything, Alt-J and Dear Pariah, to name a few. And if you like music, which you do because you’re human, you should seriously check them out.

It’s good to be back, and you will see a lot more of me in the weeks to come. I hope you already follow us on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram (everaudrey) and wherever else we live!

Lots of love,
One Happy Audrey.