Blomst recently released their great self-titled album (our review of which can be read here). We caught up with vocalist and guitarist Ida Dorthea Horpestad to find out more – check it out below!
Thanks for the interview. Can you introduce yourself and tell me a bit about the band?
Hello Soundscape! I’m Ida and I play guitar and sing in Blomst. We’re a Norwegian garagepunk band and we like Cheezeballz. We just released our first album and it has my baby teeth on the cover!
On the subject of your first album, what’s the response been like so far?
We’re really happy and excited about the response. Some love it, some don’t. I think for us it’s just fun to get all kinds of feedback, and we’re not gonna cry if it’s a bad one. It’s just cool that people have checked it out and have given us some kind of reaction. Luckily most of the reviews have been positive and more importantly our little collection of listeners/groupies/best friends “blomsterkassa” seem to be satisfied!
Can you describe your writing and recording process for it?
The writing process and the recording were very opposite to one another. The songs are stories about the last four years, written under no pressure. We took 14 songs to the studio and recorded them in one week. 4 years in 7 days!
Were there any songs that were more of a challenge to perfect?
I think the sailors song Sjømann was the hardest. It’s so different from the rest of the album. We weren’t 100% sure what it should sound like, but we knew it had to be massive, sad and beautiful. But we don’t perfect anything. The flaws are the beauty.
Which song on the album are you most proud of?
I think for me it’s Elefant (Elephant). It just became so much more powerful and catchy than expected. The cherry on top was Kristoffer Lo’s (Highasakite) contributions with tuba and horns. I’m also very proud of my guitar solo on Men kjære deg du brenner as I’m a very useless solo guitarist.
What can fans expect from a Blomst live show?
Since we started playing we’ve always been focused on the live part. We always try our best to deliver a good show with tons of energy and have fun with the crowd.
What would you say the best show you’ve ever played has been?
I have absolutely no idea. Probably at a place that gave us Cheeseballz backstage. It’s our heroine.
Has there been any strange or weird shows?
The Pstereo festival last year was crazy. At one point we started auctioning off shoes and other stuff that ended up onstage. It’s fun when the crowd flood the stage. We’ve also witnessed a case of masturbating sitting on the stage. Weird.
If you could play anywhere in the world, on any lineup, what would it be?
World tour with FIDLAR. And of course Roskildes Orange scene. We’re not picky though, we would probably play anywhere with anyone.
And if Blomst could put their name to a product, what would it be?
Cheeseballz? Also a gene modified meat eating plant worthy of Jurassic World and LEGO!!! The Blomst Band collection from LEGO. It’s genius!