No Place Like Home With Barren Womb

One of our initial intentions for Grisl was that it would be used as a travel guidebook filled with recommendations from people who have been outside and around the block. For many reasons, this portion of the site has been slow developing.  We’ve expanded on this concept to include recommendations from bands who would like to share guidance one getting around their own hometowns. After all, nothing makes a traveler more appreciative of where they hail from than being on the road.  The feature is called No Place Like Home.

The best part is that when one of our readers travels to a place that is foreign to them they will have some solid recommendations from an awesome source, one of their favorite bands!  I know I look forward to checking out some of these places and am sure that there are many others who would be interested.


Barren Womb

[Photo taken from Barren Womb’s Facebook]

For this installment of No Place Like Home we had an opportunity to ask our questions to Barren Womb from Norway.

Where does Barren Womb call their hometown and how long have you been there?

Although Timo now lives in the countryside a few hours further north, we still very much see Trondheim as the bands hometown. We’ve been living around these parts since 2006/2007.

If friends or family from out of town were visiting you where would you have to take them for must eat grub?  What sort of food does the place serve?  Any specific dish that you would recommend?  What do you like about this place?  Price range?  

I would have taken them to Persilleriet, the best vegetarian joint in town. Everything on the menu is delicious and pretty affordable, so you can’t really go wrong. There’s a lot of other good places we could go though: Ramp, Mat fra Hagen or Bare Blåbær for example.

Here at Grisl we are big into the craft beer scene, dive bar scene and regular bar scene (basically we love bars…).  Assuming you also enjoy grabbing some drinks with your pals, where are the can’t-miss spots that you would recommend?  What makes these places special to you?  Any specific drinks that you would recommend?  Price range? Vibe (i.e. bow tie or acid wash jeans?)?

Craft beers are not really my scene, but I guess the best place to get one around here is Mikrobryggeriet. Personally I prefer to go see shows and I’ll drink pretty much whatever’s on tap. Still haven’t tasted a beer that I didn’t like. Well, apart from that banana beer we found in Finland. That shit was vile.

What is your favorite music venue in the area to catch some shows?  Any memorable shows you watched there off of the top of your head?

Blæst is my favorite venue in town, although it’s far from the only good one. I saw JR Ewing at there many moons ago, that was pretty rad. We had the pleasure of supporting NoMeansNo when they came to Blæst a few years back, they put on a great show. Swans are playing in a few months, really looking forward to that!

Fru Lundgreen, Familien, Verkstedhallen, Byscenen, UFFA and Moskus all set up great shows from time to time, well worth checking out.

After a night of drinking and/or live music where are the best places to get some late night munchies/more drinks?  What sort of food are we talking about?  Price range?

Star Kebab or MIR comes to mind. I usually go for falafel when I’m drunk.

After a night of drinking and/or live music where is the best place to get breakfast? What do you specifically recommend? 

At home/wherever you wake up, it’s way to expensive to eat breakfast at restaurants in Norway.

We are always looking for great coffee while traveling. What is your favorite spot to grab some joe?

Dromedar serves a pretty mean cup of joe if your into swanky coffee.

Do you have any lodging tips for people passing through (e.g. specific places or general areas)?

If you can get lodgings somewhere near Svartlamon, I would definitely recommend that. It’s an autonomous alternative district akin to Christiania in Copenhagen, just much more pleasant.

What kind of day trips and/or outdoor activities in the surrounding areas would you recommend to our readers?  

Going for a swim in Korsvika on a warm summers day is a must. Taking a boat ride to Munkholmen is also worth the effort. There’s a lot of beautiful nature all around the city to be enjoyed as well.

Travel/On Tour :
Favorite city the band has played a show:

Paris is probably my favorite city so far. The general vibe is off the hook and we have a lot of good friends there. Berlin is amazing as well.

City with the best live crowd:

Really hard to choose, but Porsgrunn and Steinkjer both have pretty wild crowds.

Best venue & why (e.g. acoustics, stiff drinks, etc.):

Lutakko in Jyväskylä, Finland, because it’s the only venue with a sauna backstage.

Weirdest thing you’ve seen on tour:

A dude wearing nothing but potato salad, dancing in the streets while eating trash.

Longest length of tour:

Between 3 and 4 weeks is probably the longest we’ve been on the road.

Skuzziest place you’ve slept:

On our last European tour we slept in a closed down garage filled to the roof with all kinds of debris, that was pretty skuzzy.


I want to thank Barren Womb for taking the time to answer our questions.  We have friends of the family that live there so a visit is not out of the question in the near future.  It is always great to travel with tips from people that live in the places you travel to.  Now we have two of these features from bands hailing from Norway.  If you missed our interview with Shevils you can find that HERE.
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On March 17th the split release from Barren Womb and Grizzlor was released via Riotous Outburst Records.  If you look at this site you know how insanely good Grizzlor is (check out our review of their EPs HERE).  I am not sure how this Norwegian band teamed up with that Connecticut band but I am thanking my lucky stars that it happened.  They are a match made in heavy heaven.  The two tracks that Barren Womb contribute to this split clock-in at just over 5 minutes in length.  You know a band is good when all they need is 5 minutes to get you hooked.  I am stoked to hear more from these dudes and the east coast of the USA is lucky enough to have them right now!  Hopefully their next trek to this country will include a stop in the PNW.  Take a listen to their tracks from the split below and order their split over here –>  Grizzlor/Barren Womb 7″ 

Wild Throne – War Is A Romance

Been curious about what Bellingham’s favorite shredders have been doing since they dropped the incredible Blood Maker EP last year?  They have been dedicating their time to crafting one of the most anticipated full lengths of 2015.  That album now has a name and release date.  Harvest Of Darkness will be out on 8/18/2015 via Roadrunner Records.  Check out the lyrics video below for the first track called “War Is A Romance”.

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They are hitting the road with Royal Thunder and have a couple of dates in the PNW:

June 8 @ Roseland Theater
June 9 @ Showbox SODO

Elephant Rifle – Bone Voyage

Happy Friday everyone!  Let us celebrate this glorious weather in the PNW with a track from Reno’s Elephant Rifle.  They are releasing their LP “Ivory” via Humaniterrorist Record Collective on May 19th!  You can pre-order it over here –> Elephant Rifle – Ivory

From the PR email I received here is some info:

Elephant Rifle formed five years ago in Reno, Nevada, a hometown that might explain the band’s underdog attitude. On Ivory, the band members sound like they might be struggling with the complex relationship implied by the band name and album title: beauty wrought by violence. They seem to be struggling against something anyway. The music is knotted, thorny, dissonant, noisy and often ugly—although cohesive songwriting is never sacrificed, and there are even occasional moments of humor: “Gold Standard,” for example, is a pop ditty about buying a boat. But most of the songs reference the album’s strange theme: Death and animals. The instrumental opener, for example, is called “Hoof & Mouth.” “Dogs, Wolves, Wolverines” is a hardcore blaster about the resentment that wild animals might harbor toward their domesticated counterparts. The album closer is a stoner epic called “Horses,” a song that begins: “They say you die twice. First, when the breathe leaves from out your body. And then again when your final name’s said the very last time, and then forgot.”

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