Deep down in the hillbillywoods of Ytre Enebakk this sixth annual edition of a local metalparty took place in an old wood cabin owned by the local farmers. An old, cold house with fire stoves. Once a year folks from far and near bring their booze and gear up for stately 80’s metal-worship with a heavy focus on NWOBHM.
Some of the vehicles surrounding the woods had been there for a while, others where there for the occasion. Metal in the woods on so many levels.
As people came walking and rolling in with plastic bags filled with beer and booze a screen was hanging in front of the stage showing classic rock videos, Dio, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Helloween, Motorhead, to mention a few.
Bad Sounds interviewed a few of them as they came.
Local wildguy Håvard Solberg
BS : Howdy. What the hell are you doing here?
HS: Getting drunk ofcourse
BS: Are you going to have fun aswell?
HS: Hell yeah.
BS: Cool jacket you got there.
HS: My mom made it for me.
BS: Expect to be hungover tomorrow?
HS: Hope so dude.
BS: Have fun
Morten and Kristian from Kristiansand
BS: You came a long way for this party.
Morten: It’s my fourth time here. An annual highlight.
BS: Can we take your picture?
Morten: Only if I we can take our shirts off.
Joachim from Enebakk
BS: Can I ask you a couple of questions?
J: What kind of questions?
BS : Just a short interview
J : No thanks
BS: Are you going to have fun?
BS: Expect to be hungover tomorrow?
J: No I’m driving
BS: Drive us home afterwords?
J: No problem dude
Miriam and Benedikte from Enebakk
Peter Kalisky Jr.
BS: First time at Ignarock?
P: On stage yeah.
BS So as a drummer of Skrubbsår you plan to level out the distance between crowd and band?
P: That is my plan.
Interview with the Organisers: Kenneth “Stæbbe” Stubberud, Terje Hansen and Øyvind Henriksen aka Ølvind Brennvinsen
BS: So what gave you the idea of arranging Ignarock in the first place?
KS: We had been talking about it for years when we were drinking and listening to metal, that we should have a festival out here. In this region this is the kind of music people want to hear and drink to. Finally we just did it six years ago and last year we celebrated our 5th anniversary at Ignabakke. (ed. The previous house where the party was held. Burned down last year)
BS: I noticed you don`t have any bands on your promotional poster or any evident information on who is playing. Why is this.
TJ: We just have local bands, and our focus is the party of it.
BS: What are the names of the local bands and what kind of music are they playing.
KS: Our headliner is our own Øyvind Henriksen with band. Every year he does a different cover set of a new artist. He is amazing. He can do anything. Last year he did ZZ Top, and before that it was AC/DC. this year it’s Foo Fighters. And the set is even long for that at 15-16 songs. Nothing can stop that man, not even a broken leg and a wheelchair. And when he is not on stage he is the soundman.
BS: And the other band?
KS: What is it again? [asks the others]
TJ: They call them self different things all the time. This time it’s Skrubbsår, but most commonly they are known as Blood Cargo. They are from Rælingen. They play a mixture of music inspired by LOK, Rage against the Machine and Motorhead and some covers of the abovementioned.
BS: So that is where good old Snaggletooth has his role?
[laughter] Yeah we have to fit in some Motorhead.
BS: Thanks for the interview guys!
Short Interview with Skrubbsår /Blood Cargo
Skrubbsår consist of Blood Cargo members Stig Rockbeaver from Lørenskog and Dokken, Thomas and Daniel. Drummer Peter Kalisky Jr aka Ænimal fits in on drums for the Skrubbsår edition.
BS: So what kind of a set can we expect.
Stig: We have all played together for many years and have not really rehearsed anything for the night so we will just improvise a set depending on the atmosphere and how it all goes.
BS: Sounds good. Looking forward to it. I don’t know your music at all.
Stig: But I do know that we will play, Dio, Motorhead and Lok and some Blood Cargo.
BS: What is the best band in the world?
The concerts ensue. The following are concert reviews:
The band blast in the vein of Swedish rockers Lok. Fits well as the name is taken from a song by the same band. Great atmosphere in the crowd, people are drunk as fuck. When they play Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” apemode is on. People are rolling round the floor laughing, and bottles are held straight up with the opening pointing down the throats. Kenneth the organizer is always in front waving and truly loving his brainchild of a party for every seconds worth of it. The band encouraged by standing on stage together for the first time in a long time and the roaring crowd, keeping it going for longer than planned. Guitarist Dokken even plays a solo while walking in the crowd. After near 90 minutes they round it up. A new band for me but all in all a good show.
After Skrubbsår fell off stage. Øyvind Henriksen was carried back up into his wheelchair. The local hero who recently broke his leg, drunk, can surely pack a house out here by himself. After the decision to cover Foo Fighters this year, he has built a repertoire of around 15-16 tracks including all their hits. Dave Grohl is popular out in Enebakk. The versions were good. He was still playing at 0200 when Bad Sounds left the concert. Judging by the reception of the audience, Henriksen delivered his stuff again.
Yours truly was shitfaced after all the free drinks handed over and a outrageous mixture of different alcoholic varieties. Photographer Monika Buer and myself barely managed to step up in Joachim the interview-refusers pickup. On the 10 minute ride to our place of lodging we where treated with what self-proclaimed redneck, Joachim considered real music. I was obliviously drunk so I did not catch the name of that psychotic mix of banjo, fiddles and rap music. But the ride was unforgettable, as was the evening.
Ignarock is a one hell of a party for lovers of 80’s metal with a curious live blend. A true passion of and for music with down in the earth with dirt people.