About a month ago I was visited by my friend Nate Kremitzki from Rockford IL, USA. We first got in touch back in 2003 (I think) when he sent a fan mail to my old band Eyedrop. We started talking and quickly struck up a friendship online. In 2008 he first came to visit for Midsummer’s. This year he came back again and we had a great time visiting friends, checking out the sights, drinking real coffee, eating moose and being refused to buy beer in Copenhagen as we didn’t have “Dane cards” – a local Danish credit card of some sort. Most bars didn’t accept anything but this stupid card and after having watched our beer being taken away as the bartenders realized we didn’t have Dane cards we figured it best to ask before ordering anything as we tried another place: “Do you accept VISA?”. The Danish bartender’s hilarious (but rather upsetting) reply was: “Is it a Danish VISA?”
I’ve never heard of a local VISA card. After a while, we gave up and went to Helsingborg looking for a drink only to be denied entry to the night clubs as we were “too scruffy looking”. Haha! We finally found refuge at a place called ZOO bar. It really was just like a zoo in there, but at least they accepted our looks and VISA cards.
Later that week, we drove up to the old family farm to stay at my Grandma’s abandoned house. We brought tons of beer, an acoustic guitar and the old Roland VS 1680, the most reliable portable recording machine ever built. We had decided we wanted to record something together. Amazingly, Nate turned out to have perfect harmonies for many of my songs. Our voices made a nice match and we ended up recording 20 songs! Some were good, some were not so good, some were funny and some just had a bit too much of that drunken vibe to them. We were both pretty buzzed, we had never sang together before and there was no rehearsal whatsoever. 🙂
Below: Me and Nate by the old Castle in Kalmar.