There are few bands that are as fun and entertaining in a live setting as TROLLFEST, so naturally, I was very excited to see them for the second time in less than a year, even if this time it was only through an online live stream.
The stream opened just before 10:00 p.m. local Norwegian time, with the familiar view of the band in their princess costumes and Trollmannen in his kingly garb. There was, however, a much higher balloon count than what I saw last year at their show in Zagreb. The Norwegians started their quarantine show with “Fjøsnissens Fjaseri” from their latest album, “Norwegian Fairytales,” before descending into “Kjettaren Mot Strømmen.”
As the song finished, the band hilariously applauded their own performance, followed by Trollmannen being confused as to whether they are indeed live. Next up the band played “Brakebein,” a song which “some of you may know, some of you may not know, but after this, you’ll all have some knowledge about it.”
After imaginary high-fives and the vocalist’s problem with not seeing his own setlist, the set continued with a track about a bee on anabolic steroids – “Illsint.” The show was interrupted by a very TROLLFEST-like Q&A session which involved two questions about primer and saxophone dye, which remained largely unanswered. The set continued with a song appropriate for the current state of the world, a cover of Britney Spears‘ classic pop hit, “Toxic.“
TROLLFEST is definitely one of the best bands to do this kind of show in these times as their silly energy is absolutely infectious, even though their music might not exactly be the most complex. Trollmannen encouraged everyone to make some chaos at home, such as destroying their couches and running into the kitchen and back, as the band descended into “Kaptein Kaos” and some of the band members jumped up and down on stage during the song.
The craziness continued with “Professor Otto” and “Deildegasten,” which has never been played before according to the band. Trollmannen and guitarist Mr. Seidel then had a short chat about 13th-century poetry and the band played “Solskinnsmedisin,” during which viewers were encouraged to make a conga-line as is the habit during live shows. The show finished off with another hit from “Norwegian Fairytales” – “Espen Bin Askeladden” and an older song, “Der Jegermeister.“
Thus ended a delightful one hour break from this bleak reality as the Norwegian trolls made us all laugh and allowed us to let loose and just be happy for a short while.
- Fjøsnissens Fjaseri
- Kjettaren Mot Strømmen
- Steel Sarah
- Kaptein Kaos
- Professor Otto
- Espen Bin Askeladden
- Der Jegermeister
Written by Didrik Mešiček
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