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Microfiche Plays Stockholm As Captured in Photo by Dimitris Volteras

By August 3, 2019 No Comments

Cover Photo by Dimitris Volteras.

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Friends. I’m back for the EU and positively beaming. Microfiche’s tour jaunt across the top of Europe was an outright hoon. We played Berlin, Gräddö (rural Sweden), Stockholm and Copenhagen over the course of a breezy two weeks, with a healthy chunk of recreation in between.

The tour bookends of Berlin and Copenhagen were fun venue dates but I have to say the utterly unique settings of both Swedish gigs made them tour highlights for me. The first was an afternoon house concert in our friend’s tear-jerkingly idyllic summer house, in the small lakeside town of Gräddö. I’m talking abundant and vivid hues of green, sweet and pure air and a sea-side sauna (!!) I’m talking I saw an antlered deer stroll past the back window while playing! Ah geez, now I’m crying again. We’ll forever be indebted to Moa and her mumma Christina for organising such a wholesome weekend. Photographic evidence can be found on Microfiche’s facebook page here <–

The following day we found ourselves back in the (not so) big smoke of Stockholm in a near antithetical setting; 25 metres underground we played in the eerie, cavernous space of R1- a decommissioned nuclear reactor (pictured below). Wtf, hey. What an intriguing space. For starters, the reactor is inconspicuously set inside an inner-city university campus. R1 was Sweden’s first nuclear reactor but has long been decommissioned and gutted of all it’s radiated gadgets and machinery. Word is: due to it’s depth there is less radiation in the hall then on the surface. Go figure. The hall these day is a multi-purpose space, housing an eclectic range of gigs and even sports a seizable organ Novak begun the set on. In fact, Pip’s partner Patrik- who’s crazy idea it was play there in the first place- told me he once wrote and performed a piece in R1 for the Hall’s industrial ceiling “crane” [aka a big fucking hook on a big pulley system attached to the ceiling]. He performed a lil excerpt for us and by goodness it was truly terrifying.

Photo by Patrik Jarlestam

Speaking of Patrik- without this brilliant man the R1 gig wouldn’t of been possible and the rest of the tour would of been a hell of a lot more logistically difficult. Not only did he organise the hall but he recorded each gig, did sound for the Gräddö Festival, provided a kit and countless other things I can’t remember right now. Oh yeah he also composed a song we played and gave a tour of the hall to 60+ people after the gig. Microfiche owes that man many, many beers.

And yes, 60+ people attended the gig. Supposedly some reputable Stockholm based arts blog page gave the event some love on FB which we can only assume helped supply the healthy crowd (and to be kept in mind when trying to spruike future gigs, people).

Three of those seventy listeners were my absolutely ineffable cousins from Athens, who organised a weekend away around our Stockholm gig. Isn’t that just the best thing you’ll hear today? 😍 😍 😍 One of those cousins, Dimitris, is a great photographer and snapped some stunning shots before/after/during the performance. I enjoy how he captured a sense of exuding warmth from our tight ensemble formation within the cavernous and cold bunker walls of R1.

Below are ten of my favourite snaps. Take a second to give them a good geez. Also check out Dimitris’ instagram where he chucks up tasteful snaps of Greece and beyond. Check it out here <–

And for more photos of the tour, peek Microfiche’s Facebook Page here. <–

Enjoy!

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Oh and here’s a lil bonus one I found floating around…


What a QT, hey.

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