5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming band. Tusmorke are from Norway, and their debut album is Underjordisk Tusmørke, which translates to "subterranean twilight." Vocalist/bassist Benediktator introduces us to his band.
Give us a brief history of Tusmorke.
One autumn afternoon in Oslo in 2009 I was gazing out my window at the ancient church of Gamle Aker, realizing that from my point of view an old factory pipe looming in my line of site appeared a lot taller than the steeple of the 1000 year old church on the hill. This made me ponder how buildings cannot contain nor express the greatness of godhead. I wrote a song about this, accompanying myself on bass while singing. I realized I had to reform Tusmørke, dormant since 1997, to continue making psychedelic folk music as a vehicle for metaphysical musings.
Krizla, my twin brother and original founding member of Tusmørke, joined on flute and vocals while Svenno did the percussion. The three of us had been running an eclectic weekly radio show for several years and so incorporated inspiration from a host of different obscure records into the songs, sounds and structures of Tusmørke. Gradually we developed into a full-fledged electric band after HlewagastiR took over on drums and Deadly Nightshade replaced Reggie on keyboards in 2011.
How would you describe the style/sound/genre of Underjordisk Tusmørke?
We are first and foremost a groovy psychedelic pagan folk-rock band.
What has been your most memorable Tusmorke live show, and do you have any upcoming show/tour plans?
There have been a lot of memorable shows, like at Søderheimfestivalen, playing outdoors at Ringerike (the Tuscany of Norway) in the late summer with the wind blowing in our hair, sun on our faces and swallows swooping beneath a high blue sky, surrounded by billowing, yellowing fields of wheat. Or the release concert for Underjordisk Tusmørke in Oslo, playing in an absolutely packed venue in front of a mass of friendly, grinning, sweaty faces and getting to hear from total strangers how much our music resonates with them.
Concerts are great experiences all in all, we do a lot of them and plan to continue doing so. Playing live is an essential part of the band's existence, really. We're not planning any tours currently, but will be playing several gigs around Oslo over the next few months, first off with Haust and Beglomeg. We enjoy split-gigs, it's a great opportunity to hang out and have fun with fellow musicians.
Is it difficult balancing the members' obligations with other bands?
No, not at all. The fact that we all have full-time jobs is much more of an obstacle, really.
Anything else you'd like to mention or promote?
Well, look out for our 12" "Kairo (The Ship of Pharao Flies)" b/w "En Verden av i Går" that will be out on Fresh Tea in time for the vernal equinox of 2013. Also, make sure to check out the awesome Oslo heads Beglomeg, Spectral Haze and Wind, fantastic Finns Seremonia, the mighty Hexvessel and Arktau Eos. Oh, and the hairy Swedes of Skogen Brinner and the hilariously heavy Satan's Satyrs. Wild stuff!
(photo courtesy Termo Records)