This in from Martin – two new tracks by West Bank Robbers.
These two tracks were recorded live and raw in Cantus studio a couple of years ago. The idea was to just plug into the amps and record without too much analyzing and hesitation. Kind of like the good old days.
‘Pusten jager’ is a track about reconciliation, defiance or annihilation of the young boy I once was. Growing up in a protected middle-class suburbia exposed to one certain truth in one certain way. I was never really challenged about all this until my youth years where punk rock and skateboarding became an eyeopener for alternative culture, literature and philosophy like many other kids in my neighborhood. Then I was kind of settled in that new bubble without further progression for many years. Relying on that before acknowledging that I had become just as settled like the childhood boy. But do I really want to go back on those values or erase both stages to find something completely new? Is there a tendency as you grow older to come back to what you learned and experienced back then? Combining different stages or just to erase them all? I don´t know.
‘Takk og farvel’ is a song about experiences of a young social worker and all the fragile souls among youth on the streets you meet. You try your best, but then you have to realize that your best intentions and work to make their lives better isn´t enough. Most of them are great people with valuable skills for our society, but they are betrayed by their families and loved ones, a rigid school system and frames set too narrow for them. They just aren´t made to adjust. At some point you have to accept it and let them walk into the darkness alone. Some social workers might tend to make so called clients to their own project instead of encouraging youth to find their own motivation and purpose to make a change for the better. Years later you meet them wandering around in obscure parts of the city. Maybe they´ll give you a hug and remember you? Probably they won´t notice you, but you remember them and the times you thought they were able to pull through. Well, many of them are still around and hopefully they´ll find their way out of everything and moving on to a better life. Time will tell.
1. Pusten Jager
2. Takk og Farvel