New photo shoot

Theo Berndt - Photo Session 2014 - Photo by: Niklas Axelsson

We had a great photo shoot a couple of weeks ago thanks to Niklas Axelsson – Have a look at the fantastic result!

 

 

 

 

 

Japan Tour Video

Almost exactly one year ago our greatest adventure so far was about to start. We were going on a three week long Japan and China tour. Little did we know that what was waiting for us was more than we could imagine. The people we met, the places we visited and the overall kindness and love we received was overwhelming.

Fitting all the things that happened on a whole tour in three minutes is hard but Jesper Styrenius made it possible by creating this video. Thank you!

We really hope you enjoy it and that we can come back and visit you soon. Until then, spread the love!

A new chapter

Theo Berndt Logotype

After a long and cold winter we are finally back with some happy news. Two weeks from now we will start to record new material that we have been working on for the past year. We can’t wait to tell you more but for now just lets say that it sounds prmoising.

The 20th of May we will have our first show here in Stockholm at Obaren. We will try some of our new songs and have some amazing other stuff to show you. Welcome!

To the event

Tokyo Acoustic Sessions – Supersized

Here’s a digital postcard from this summer’s adventures in Japan. http://tokyoacousticsession.com filmed when we performed a stripped-down version of “Supersized”, with the beautiful Gotokuji Temple and garden around us.

Hope you like it! We can hardly wait until we get to see you again!

Behind the scenes:
http://tokyoacousticsession.blogspot.jp/2013/05/photo-theo-berndt.html

The last days in Japan

Möscow Club

After a wild 10 hours drive through the night we arrived at lunch directly to Tokyo. The record company had taken us to an old temple where we would record and film acoustic sessions with some of our songs. We met up with the team behind “Tokyo Acoustic Sessions” and started to look for nice areas to shoot the videos. Finally we decided to play the songs going around among the ancient temples and tombs. We will post the result on the blog as soon as they are done.

After a quick visit at the hotel we headed straight to Tower Records in Shibuya. One of Japan’s largest record stores, placed in a huge skyscraper where each floor is dedicated to its own music style. We went in through the back door and were told to wait in their office until everything was prepared.

When we get out on the floor for pop and rock we were greeted by an unexpectedly large crowd of people, standing in front of the stage where we were going to play. We performed an acoustic gig with six songs and the crowd seemed completely satisfied. Afterwards a huge line was formed and we signed albums and took some fan photos!

For the first time, there was no requirement to party so we headed home to the hotel afterwards and had a good long sleep.

In store gig @ Tower Records Shibuya

When we woke up on our last day in Tokyo we felt greatly refreshed. Soon, a new adventure was waiting for us in a new country, so we took the opportunity to do some errands before the last show. After a combined breakfast and laundry we had one last round of shopping writing postcards and packing for the trip to China.

Koyo, from This Time Records, picked us up and transported us to the venue, that for the first time, was located above ground. Seven stories up in the air. The bar had a panoramic window that looked out over the Tokyo skyline. Amazing! After soundcheck one of the other bands, Möscow Club, asked us to eat Sushi with them. We tried a lot of new variants unlike the ones we have at home. So tasty!

The last gig was really as good as we hoped fore. Full house and the crowd was really on fire. Afterwards, we wrote more autographs, took more photos and sold more merch than ever before. We stayed in the skyline bar in the early hours and there were many hugs and goodbyes to our new friends before we had to leave.

The tour in Japan has been amazing. We have met so many wonderful people, done fantastic shows and visited many cool places. And this will not be the last time we visit you guys. We will be back!

Now our next adventure begins. Here we go China!

O-nest ShibuyaTheo Berndt - Fan photo

Road trip

Road trip

The festival gig at Shimokitazawa Sound Cruising left us filled with confidence for the rest of the tour. Our next stop was at the venue Marz in Shinjuku, Tokyo where New Action had set up shop for the evening. We shared the stage with two awesome local bands, New House and Phono Tones, and good DJs and a VJ. In between sets, a group of friends served cheap japanese curry. The atmosphere was great! In addition, the sound crew was probably the most helpful we have ever had anywhere. With conditions like that, it was no wonder that we performed our best gig yet. The drummer of our new favourite band, Sawagi turned up with their manager. Great guys!

Three gigs down, four to go. Having done the Marz show, it was time to leave Tokyo for a road trip to Nagoya and Osaka, two of the largest cities in Japan. We left on Tuesday morning, driven by our label boss Fuji, a great host and a very funny guy. Arriving in Nagoya, we saw Japanese rain for the first time, and with the slight hangover from yesterday our mood started to sink a little. Thanks to Fujis awesome personality, however, the dip was very brief, and we were soon happy and ready to go on stage. The venue of the day, Partyz had a western comic book/hamburger theme, and was really cozy. Following advice from an american wine salesman we found our way to a macrobiotic restaurant for our first meal designed to be vegetarian. It was very unusual but also tasty! Again, we headlined the evening, following two local bands, Two Four and buburams. The show was record long by our standards, closing in on 60 minutes and it went surprisingly well. We ended the night with a great udon dinner (a thick, japanese noodle) with the other bands before heading to bed.

Marz Partyz

Leaving Nagoya in the morning, we were all feeling the effects of travelling and playing almost non-stop. Most of us were sleeping in the car and I had a very nice chat with Fuji in japanese. While I studied japanese for about a year, I have forgotten much of it due to lack of practice, so it was nice to be able to brush up my skills.

We arrived in Osaka on wednesday afternoon for a quick sound check at Club Vijon before heading out on the town. We had a very nice guide who showed us around the city, telling us about life in Osaka. At the end of the brief tour, we went to Tower Records, a large record shop to look at… ourselves. As soon as we entered the pop section, the sound system started playing our record. We were shown to a stand were our album was advertised and we signed some posters. A great ego-kick and a strange feeling at the same time. Preparing for the gig at Club Vijon was a hectic experience, with one of the lamps requiring repairing (read gaffer tape) while we were plugging in our instruments to get started. Further, the projector didn’t work until a minute before the start of the show. Hearts pounding faster than our songs, we pulled ourselves together and performed a great set! In Osaka, the atmosphere was a bit more relaxed than in Tokyo and we had a great party after the show, celebrating the birthday of a staff member and dancing to swedish 90s pop, like Wannadies, Cardigans and Popsicle, who are still surprisingly popular in Japan.  At 2 am, we left for Tokyo again, driving through the night.

Tower Records in OsakaSchool girls in Osaka