Tekst: Julie Westergaard Karlsen
After a quick hello and an almost as fast cigarette break, I was sitting in the minibus with the guys from The Modern Times - modern times are busy as usual.
An average boys gang
The Modern Times consists of Terje, Jon, Jørgen, Magnus and Isak, a boys gang from Tromsø. Some of them have known each other since birth, others were adopted into the group on high school. «On average, we became friends in our youth, and on average we are 26 years old, so that is starting to be a while ago.
«Æ har de bæst»
Last year they released the album This Is The Modern Times, that consisted of amogst other, the singles Motörhead and Keyholes and Birds – however there are the other songs that wakes my interest. The titles as Misery, Depression, Boredom, Superficiality and Whatever makes me a bit worried. «Are you ok»? It takes a while before they agree on what to answer. Some say that it is going “ok” others “average” while Jon sais “it is a bit difficult”. In the end they conclude that Terje is doing good, and the others just ok, and that they are just on the average - they are doing ok. Terje is confirming the conclusion “Æ har de bæst”.
Different creative methods
I have experienced that alcohol often can help on the creativity, and I am wondering if they share my perception. “You often come up with good ideas, but they are not that good”. Their best tips to get creative is to isolate yourself a bit. When they worked on their latest album, they went on trip to a cabin- “It wasn’t a cabine, it was a house in a cabin area”- with the technician and produser, food and beer, and used a week to work on the album, without being interrupted by the rest of life. Even though they have been busy with touring, they have already started working with their next album. That one is being created “some in Troms, and some on the cabin”. Already next Tuesday they are going back in the studio. Im telling them that we have a small studio in the basement, so who knows – maybe it is being created on Studentsamfunnet also? At least they promise to play a few of their new songs from the new album.
The Modern Times is a likable gang, and they give good advice: “Stick to Terje!” and “Take pictures of apartments.” Terje, who is the most happy one, is also the most affluent – he has a job that pays a lot, where he takes pictures of apartments. He is luckily quite generous. You can just ask him nicely on vips, for example “beer and betting 1000kr,” and then Terje will fix it. The money is divided between beer and betting by “70-30,” so they are not addicted to betting, they just have some things in common with the average student. They have also played in some revues, but they “are a bit rusty,”- the similarities between us are huge. Since we know who the most affluent in the car is, we should also know who the least affluent is. Unfortunately, is that me, and Gunnar, the photographer. He should take pictures of apartments instead. We should stick to Terje.
The Modern Times are not only playing in Norway, but in other countries as well. Soon they are playing a concert in Russia, if they get their visa in time – they got the job only two weeks in advance. To be busy seems like what’s normal for The Modern times – they reached their flight with only minutes. “Idiot Times,” as a friend summarised it. They have also had the time to build up under the rumours of Norwegian promiscuity. When they were asked to share their wildest story, they told about the time they played for an audience that were totally naked – it turned out to be a the nudist association. This story was of course not true – but we can easily change that, A nudist organisations is probably the only thing missing from Ås.