Shadow Records part 2. They Will Come.
Idea and Music: Gunnar Orvegård. Images and Text: Ludvig Orvegård.
I found these pictures in an slim folder labeled “They Will Come 2008”. Nick took them in July 2008, in and around the small community of Darkford in northern England. The images are some kind of documentation of a music festival and a break-in at a derelict mine. Aside from the pictures, there are also eight microcassettes from Nick’s dictation machine full of interview fragments. There is also the “Red Record”, which appears to be an early seventies bootleg compiled from various open air concerts. The songs have names like “Sighting (Sound + Show), 020573 - 1.30 AM, Lakeside - “Dry Coals”” and “Sound Only, 122672 - 11 PM, Coventry - “The Dawn is Coming””. The band is called The Vanished. I haven’t been able to find the glasses.
Dawn is Coming (1974)
“They Will Come” festival outside Darkford. The picture is labeled “Kelly & Claire, TWC parking”. The dialogue is taken from the dictaphone recordings.
This picture was taken a few days earlier during a long and long-winded interview with Margaret Thorpe, the mother of one of the band members. He disappeared a long time ago.
Festival. One of the dictaphone cassettes is full of stuff like this. It seems like Nick left the recorder on by accident.
Dawn is Coming (1974)
From the interview we learn that the boy in the bottom right is Margaret’s son, Bobby, who was fifteen years old when he disappeared. The singer’s name is Ian Maple, and the “keyboard player” with the piano book is Ron Thwaite. The bass player has the unusual name Stoddard “Stod” Parker. The drummer isn’t mentioned in the interview.
This picture was taken outside the Darkford Coal Mine, closed down permanently in 1969. These piles of flowers, homemade merchandise and assorted junk appear every year during one July week and are “unsightly and impede traffic” according to an angry letter to the editor in the Darkford Advertiser.
View of Darkford Lake and the stage. “Travis” is Travis Calabro, Nick's friend and partner in crime, who seems to have accompanied him on the UK trip. You can see him in some of the other shots.
I’m showing the pictures from the breaking and entering: it was ten years ago and Nick is missing. The receipt for the bolt cutters are in the folder along with receipts from every restaurant they went to and the receipt for Nick’s Big Ben T-shirt. He's like that. The man in the picture is Travis Calabro.
The band in the picture is a Vanished cover band called The Darkford No-Shows. Nick has recorded parts of the show with very bad sound.
Fist of the Storm (Original: 1978)
The recordings become increasingly incoherent. Nick seems to have left the recorder on for long stretches of time to record nothing in particular.
I don’t know what we are looking at in this picture. I won’t speculate. The glasses are the same model that Bobby was wearing in Margaret’s photo. If they are his glasses they had been lying in this room for 36 years when Nick found them. Same thing with the Stratocaster.
Like I said. I haven’t been able to find the glasses.