Signe Marie Rustad, whom I’ve played bass guitar with for a few years, released her new album Particles Of Faith a few months ago. We’ve played a few shows here and there in Norway to promote it. Last May, our national TV channel, NRK, filmed this short film of us performing in the living room of Signe Marie’s childhood home, a farm called Rustad outside the small town of Elverum. To me this feels like an interesting artifact, as there is a lot of history in the walls of that house.

Stream it at by clicking here.

Photo: NRK

Signe Marie Rustad – Vocals, Guitar
Sander Eriksen Nordahl – Guitar
Bjørge Verbaan – Keyboards
Njål Uhre Kiese – Bass Guitar
Alexander Lindbäck – Drums

Hello It’s Me

Signe Marie Rustad, whom I play the bass guitar with, has released the first single today off her forthcoming album called “Particles Of Faith”. In Signe Marie’s own words, it’s “a song about peeling off the layers and finding strength within yourself to take control over your own narrative”.

The song was recorded in May earlier this year at Brageveien Studios in Oslo. It and most of the album is the result of a few sessions that involved the whole band arranging the songs as a group, together with producer Kenneth Ishak.

The single is available now on most streaming platforms.

The album is to be released on February 17, 2023 and can be pre-ordered now.

Hello It’s Me
Signe Marie Rustad – Vocals, Classical Guitar
Sander Eriksen Nordahl – Electric Guitar
Bjørge Verbaan – Mellotron, Wurlitzer
Njål Uhre Kiese – Bass Guitar, Bow
Alexander Lindbäck – Drum Kit
Kenneth Ishak – Producer, Mix, Percussion
George Tanderø – Mastering
Øyvind Sax Røsrud Gundersen – Assistant Engineer, Studio Owner
Marthe Amanda Vannebo – Cover photo, Artwork

Image shows Signe Marie barely visible through a layer of stars on a blue background.
Photo by Marthe Amanda Vannebo © 2022 Die With You Boots On Records

Michael Collins 1930-2021

Two weeks ago we heard about the passing of astronaut Michael Collins. In 1969, together with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, Collins went to the moon to attempt the first landing on the moon surface. While Armstrong and Aldrin took their lunar lander down to the surface with great success, Collins stayed behind in their tiny orbiting spacecraft circling the moon awaiting for the two others to return so they could fire up their engine and go back home to earth. Collins also did a spacewalk and orbited the earth together with John Young as a part of the Gemini program in 1966. Their spacecraft (Gemini 10) was exhibited at Teknisk Museum here in Oslo for years and years. I have vague memories of seeing it as a child. Sadly it was sent back to the US to venture into another museum. The Apollo 10 capsule (in which John Young went to the moon the first time) is to be seen in the Science Museum in London. Which is pretty cool! Michael Collins’ autobiography “Carrying The Fire” is one of my personal favorites about the Moon program. It’s a very funny and easy read book about an adventure only a handful of people have experienced. All the astronauts and cosmonauts at the time were pretty individual and cool in their own ways, most of them very likable, but I’d say Michael Collins sticks out in the crowd! He had an unique ability of using words to (try to) describe the moon program to us who weren’t there. Insane times.

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Image source: NASA