Promises the stage show of the times next time they come here

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On Friday, Highsasakite released no less than two new singles, “Love Him Anyway” and “Autopsy”. It is a good pointer so what to expect next year.

Dobbeltslipper shows, firstly, that it will be an active year, secondly that they are thinking big, and thirdly that there will be excitement in the new music they will present on their sixth album «Mother» which will be released January 28th.

The album will be released in January: Highasakite releases their sixth album Mother on January 28. Photo: Mariann Dybdahl

– We thought for a long time about a double album, where the two albums were different, with one inspired by a really dark Berlin disco. Now it will be just a single album, but the extremes will be there. When we were going to choose the first single, it was difficult to find a single song that gave a good signal about the direction of the album, says Ingrid Håvik.

Two sides of the same band

– While “Love Him Anyway” is a radio-friendly pop song with a 70’s feel, especially the last part of “Autopsy” is something quite different, says Trond Bersu about the drone-like slightly psychotic trance mood, which partly consists of a sample of a woman who tells about anxiety and paranoia. – This represents another extreme on the upcoming album, says Bersu.

It is perceived as a special move to release two singles at the same time, but in the old days it was normal. A vinyl single always has two sides, and in pop’s heyday it was not uncommon to have a double a-side, with The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” as the crowning example.

– That a vinyl single has two singles is logical, but we are far too young to remember and to know that, producer and drummer Trond Bersu smiles when we sit with him and Highasakite’s frontman Ingrid Håvik at a mall cafe on Lade on a windy November morning 2021

A lot has happened in ten years

It was the two who started one of the last decade’s most distinctive and internationally popular Norwegian pop bands, and after a turbulent and strongly media-covered process a few years ago, only the two are again official members of the band.

Still in the wind: Ten years after they started Highaakite, Ingrid Håvik and Trond Bersu are in the wind like never before. Photo: Mariann Dybdahl

It is almost exactly ten years since the undersigned experienced Highasakite on stage for the first time, during Week 2011 they played at Knaus in the Student Society as a trio with Øystein Skar. It was a strong concert that gave us high expectations for the band – without it indicating either the level of ambition or the musical genre spread that would later be revealed.

Highasakite has not landed yet

– We were something else at the time, yes, laughs Ingrid. – We have been concerned with development all the way, and we have certainly not landed yet. It will be of little interest if each album release or each tour is just a variation of the previous one, she says.

Like everyone else, Highaskite has been strongly influenced by the fact that society has been shut down for a year and a half. But they have had plenty of time to do their thing.

Looking forward to playing for drunk people

– At the beginning of the lockdown, we wrote songs for each of us, then we were together in the studio and recorded them. We have had a much better time than usual, the two say. There have also been a few concerts, most recently in Trondheim and Tapperiet this summer, when the band in front of a heavily pregnant Ingrid played for a strongly corona-adapted hall.

Looking forward to playing for drunk people: Ingrid Håvik and Trond Bersu have had plenty of time to plan next year’s concerts – which will be for full houses and for full people. Photo: Mariann Dybdahl

– We are probably all starving for a social life, and I am incredibly looking forward to playing for drunk people again, says Ingrid.

– You mean, like, saltines and their ilk, eh?

– Yes, that too, But I meant too drunk people. An audience that stands close together and swings and sings with, people who are out to experience great things with others, says Ingrid Håvik, who since the previous visit to Trondheim is no longer heavily pregnant, but a nursing mother who will soon have to return to base in Oslo to perform its primary task right now. Therefore, there is reason to get over it, to defy the weather and explore the area around EC Dahls at Lademoen / Lilleby in Trondheim. The large area that previously housed two editions of Trondheim Rocks, including concerts with Iron Maiden and Iggy Pop, will in the summer of 2022 be the arena for the pop festival Neon, where Highasakite and Sondre Justad are among the artists released so far.

Rammstein was an inspiration

At the Neon Festival in June 2022, Highasakite will for the first time unfold its new extremely ambitious stage show. – We have been thinking in that direction for a while, and the ambitions were clearly visible on our tour in 2019, but now we have come extremely much further. We decided not to think about what it would cost, make it as magnificent and beautiful as we can, both visually and acoustically, utilize the entire arena as scenography and use elements from the theater world

– Which artists have you seen as inspiration?

– I do not know if I dare say it, but we were very inspired when we saw Rammstein at Ullevaal in 2019, and also The Knife on Sentrum stage. The latter it was hardly possible to know if even was on stage during the concert, but we certainly should. We should be at least as visible on stage as usual, but then we get everything else in addition, says Ingrid Håvik.

They have hired capacities for scenography, choreography, video and lighting, and are working towards a very active 2022. They will have their first concerts in March, at large clubs in Copenhagen, London, Berlin and Copenhagen, but there will not be full stage production. before at the outdoor concerts this summer. The only announced concerts so far are festivals in Oslo, Grimstad and Bergen, but first and foremost is the Trondheim and Neon festival 11–12 June.

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At the inspection a little over six months in advance, it rattles in waves, the rain whips and the wind turns Ingrid’s umbrella. That said, no glamor. The neon festival’s security manager Birger Henriksen points and explains how the festival area is intended to be rigged and where the main stage will be. Hopefully it has rained by June 11, 2022. Highasakite itself is certainly not intimidated:

– This is going to be super good here, says Ingrid Håvik and Trond Bersu.