Utgitt 23. februar 2017
Downers - UpTown
The duo of Geir Sinding and Tor Dybdahl, for obvious reasons known as Downers, only released one single, or to tell the whole truth, half a single, back in 1985. When the 7” single came back from the pressing plant Tor was convinced, with his slightly hallucinatory mind indicative of the times, the grooves were not centered on the A side “December Rain” and thought it sounded like crap. Tor began to scratch profanities with a sharp object.. Les mer..
Downers - UpTown
The duo of Geir Sinding and Tor Dybdahl, for obvious reasons known as Downers, only released one single, or to tell the whole truth, half a single, back in 1985. When the 7” single came back from the pressing plant Tor was convinced, with his slightly hallucinatory mind indicative of the times, the grooves were not centered on the A side “December Rain” and thought it sounded like crap. Tor began to scratch profanities with a sharp object into the grooves and consequently, Downers released only the B side. The few copies that managed to sneak out with the A-side intact are now prized collectibles. However, the band recorded quite a few songs during the eighties. Among these recording sessions, the most notorious must be the one with Harald Are Lund as the producer at the NRK Studio One. Some of Downers many recordings have later been documented on “The Temptation Tapes” LPs & CDs.
In late ‘89 things were seriously fucked up and the two members drifted apart.
Tor spent years meditating in a cave in the foothills of the Himalayas and Geir disappeared completely from the face of the earth.
Decades passed and in the winter of 2016 Tor was skiing in Davos, Switzerland with his children. One evening as they were heading back to the hotel he suddenly spotted Geir on the Promenade. The two hadn’t seen each other in almost thirty years and the surprise reunion was a great pleasure for both. Geir told him he was coming back to Europe after spending years in South America. Geir had been hungry so he stopped in Davos to eat at one of his favorite restaurants, “The Gourmet Stubli”, at the Davos Platz.
After catching up at dinner Tor asked Geir about his music. Geir claimed he had lot’s and lot’s of new melodies, but they were all contained in his head as he never knew recording techniques.
The next day they jumped on a train to Paris and settled in the hotel “Le Relais Montmartre”. They promptly visited Tor’s favorite music store in Paris, “Master Wave”, on rue Victor Massé and bought a Prophet 8 synth which they brought back to the hotel. Tor proceeded to record some of Geir’s melodies and ideas on his Android.
The next morning Tor wanted to continue but as he came down to the lobby he was told that Geir had checked out in a hurry for unknown reasons.
Coming back to Oslo, Tor’s hometown, he started working with Geir’s melodies at his Ganesh Studio. He added bridges and parts and wrote lyrics. He managed to squeeze three new songs out of the sparse material. He also re-recorded two old Downers songs, “Suburban Life” and a slightly over-produced version of their old pop song “Two Bicycles in Summertime” from the ‘85 single. One day Geir appeared out of nowhere and laid down a guitar solo and a synth part on “Two Bicycles” before disappearing again.
In the spring of 2016 Tor was in New York City, his home away from home, when Geir called him on his cell. Geir was in Mexico City dodging bullets and Tor suggested he’d fly up to NYC for a sleeve shot. They met the next day and drove over to Jersey and took the picture on the Hudson river bank with a night-lit Manhattan as the backdrop. Then Geir said he had some business to attend to and Tor haven’t seen him since.
Now that the EP’s a reality Tor has tried to locate Geir to share the good news but has had no such luck. He’s probably unaware that he’s a recording artist again after some thirty-odd years.
Shout it out loud over the mountains, rivers, and valleys; Geir, wherever you’re hiding, come out, come out!