Listen to the song: 12 Steps to the Liquor Storehttp://beta.last.fm/music/Menn+%C3%81rsins/_/12+Steps+to+the+Liquor+Store/+wiki
"The origin of this song, 12 Steps to the Liquor Store
, goes back to 2005 when bassist Sigurdór Guðmundsson
was writing material for upcoming projects. At that time the song had a different melody and no lyrics (and was called "Calm Mouse
", see also: Calm Mouse (live)
. That version of the song was for instance performed by the Icelandic/Danish group Amalgam
Fast forward 2 years and we have Menn Ársins
preparing material for an upcoming album. Sigurdór throws this song into the suggestion pool and it gets a makeover from Haraldur Vignir, their keyboard player. New melody is written by him as well as the lyrics. The horn arrangement (originally inspired by one of Chris Speed
's songs) is kept.
The rest of the band was skeptical that the song was anything that fitted for them. Nevertheless the song was practiced briefly before the band went into Lundgaard Studios in Denmark (November 2007) to lay down the basic tracks for the album.
When in Denmark, Sigurdór contacts his band mate from Amalgam
, trumpet player Hans Christian Erbs
). HC comes to the studio and plays the trumpet parts and solos while the track is recorded.
Icelandic lyrics where tried but didn't work well, so the English version was finished.
On the last evening of their recording period in Lundgaard Studios the band gets a visit from three young danish jazz musicians (members of the Suntan Trio
) that had just arrived to record at the other studio at Lundgaard. They ask if they can listen to some tracks. And while enjoying some fresh tracks and some Icelandic liquor they are asked by Menn Ársins
to help with some background vocals and general party vibes on the track.
When working on the overdubs, back home in Iceland, the band calls in tenor saxophonist Steinar Sigurðarson
to play the rest of the horn arrangement and add some solos.
Available on last.fm in late May 2008.
Released for airplay in Iceland, late May / early June 2008.
Credits:Haraldur Vignir Sveinbjörnsson
- keyboards, vocals, composer, lyricsSigurdór Guðmundsson
- electric bass, composer, horn arrangement, background party choir and hand claps.Sváfnir Sigurðarson
- electric guitar, background party choir and hand claps.
Kjartan Guðnason - drums, percussion, background party choir and hand claps.Hans Christian Erbs
) - trumpet
Steinar Sigurðarson - tenor saxophone
- background party choirSøren Østergaard
- background party choir."