lincoln was up next. we were kind of excited to meet our buddies from the living daylights again. unfortunately they didn't join us to the aftershow party at sugarcubes with our promoter rachel. the music suggested it, but it really smelled like teen spirit in there. (watch the video of how jakob from the forum walters stagedived from the first floor). we were in quite a bad shape the next morning, but i guess that's the price you gotta pay, when you have a highly ambitious promoter as we did that night.
it's not that easy to find your way in nottingham. our satnav didn't have any troubles navigating us through the Romanian countryside, but it wouldn't work properly in nottingham. we played at the chameleon. surprisingly, the venue itself was pretty hard to find. i wonder whether that's a flourishing marketing concept for a pub called chameleon. anyway, we had a good time there, thanks to our buddy gerry!
worceister was ace. lee from fights&fires, who promoted the show for us, was one caring guy. thanks so much!
next day we had a day off scheduled. we spent it jumping the bill at a crazy arm show in charleston, thanks to darren! these crazy arm people are just amazing.
i'm way behind with writing on our tour diary. i think my subconscious is to blame. comforting myself, i just didn't want to find the right words for joey's and bob's departure. i want this tour diary to sound everything but cheesy, but it seems like there's no way around, since it has been four intense weeks. we shared vans, stages and beers together and as an inevitable result we're all sharing memories of a great time. there it is, the cheesyness.
we had a few days off then. some of us spent them quietly recalling the past weeks. others got drunk just to keep the tour-feeling alive. eventually the second part of the tour (ten shows in england) began. we traded our little vw van for zock's mercedes sprinter, where we finally would all fit in. and off we went for the 16 hours ride to calais, france. we spent some amazingly discomforting three hours in the van, waiting for the ferry to depart. cis eventually went nuts and tried to find a more suitable place to lay around. i think he ended up sleeping on a park bench.
we picked up our buddy mark mccabe in norwich. (funny fact: the pronunciation does not include witch.) it's a good feeling to have him on tour with us again. personally, i tend to celebrate this by trying to sing harmonies to all of his songs on every show. it worked out just fine at the first three shows.
much appreciation for dan to promote the show in norwich on such short notice. and to ollie (one awesome guy!), perkie, katie, ren (check them out: feralus) and ivan, we had a blast with them! also a big thanks to our fellow countrymen, who stopped by at our wycombe show while travelling the UK - it was really good to meet them some place far from home.
It's Day 20 on this chaotic little tour of ours. We reached the point where we don't seem to be bothered by lost goods and cancelled shows anymore. We acknowledge that these things happen. But what are you going to do about it?
Still, we couldn't help the sinking feeling of disappointment that struck our sorrowed souls, when we finally arrived at the venue in Bad Hersfeld after spending hours and hours on a depressing concrete motorway, just to find out that our show has been cancelled. "Show fällt aus", the sheet of paper said. No email. No phone call. Then we played football, ate a pizza and headed southwards, basically just where we came from. Heads up. What are you going to do about it anyway?
So there we were, Passau Rock City. It was the first concert without Joey and Bob on the bill, which was weird. After all, I got used to the everyday loss of voice caused by my quest for the perfect sing-a-long-harmony. We did have a good evening though, thanks to our friend Harry!
Two days earlier we played Wangen. Surely one of the best shows so far. Allegedly the best aftershow party ever. At least that's what everybody's claiming. I'd like to think that they're just teasing me, since it was the first (and last!) time I chose to get myself some rest instead of party with the others. Anyway, here's what happened while Joey's set. Remember, I was there too, in the very same building, giving myself some stupid rest. Whatever.
(Thanks to Timo for everything! An incredibly talented guy, that one!)
Right now we're in Berlin. We played an acoustic set at the Ramones Museum yesterday. I didn't expect the concert to be as awesome as it was, including our highly motivated trip to Trinkteufel afterwards, so here's a cute little picture of us, as we're sitting on the stage, just before we went to Trinkteufel.
Entering Romania didn't bring us any trouble, but we hired a new member for our touring party. chili con tofu by antimaniax and needless to say she's one smelly cutie. Welcome on board:TOFU ♥ [Click to see adorable picture]
EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER-TOUR 2012
Although the shows in Romania were all great (big thanks to the people from Rehab Nation, they played an awesome set!), we had to deal with yet another inconvenience. A German magazine that first helped promoting our tour decided to stop granting their support, due to Joey's religious beliefs. That caused a chain reaction among the promoters: Five of our shows in Germany got cancelled up to this point. We posted a more in-depth statement about this issue on Facebook - feel free to check it out. Thanks a lot for all the nice words, we really appreciate it.
We are not gonna let this get us down and hope for your support. Actually we kind of get used to the idea that this little tour of ours is absolutely beautiful and the most bone-crashing experience in our musical lifes - at the same time. It's like chocolate ice cream with Sauerkraut. Somewhat weird, but unforgettable. Anyway, everyone of us is looking forward to our upcoming shows in Germany. As far as we're concerned, they've always been great! See you!
On this tour we've been through a lot. In chronological order: Flozi lost his keys, one of our vans got in a car accident, both our vans were mugged. We lost guitars, laptops and mobile phones. Although this sucks bad, I am well aware of the privileged situation we are in. We met so many great people (--> these guys for example) and with most our promoters I personally wish to become friends with and hang out regularly.
After our show in Athens, we headed to Jack's place. His flatmates Nina and Orestis are two of the loveliest people, I've ever met. Thinking to myself, it can't get any better, it did. The very next day we headed to Nina's house in the countryside, where we enjoyed the most beautiful beach, I've ever been to. I've got to apologize for my extensive use of superlatives. But considering that my pictures weren't able to catch the whole beauty of the scenery, you'll still get an idea of the great time we spent with Jack & Nina there.(Btw: This is not our van shown in the picture, but we needed to go to a mechanic to change the broken door locks)
Short update on what has happened to Bob: In a second of drunken despare Bob left the ferry. After hours of not knowing what happened to him, the guys at the reception finally helped us. They told us that a Mexican looking guy with no shirt was the last one leaving the boat on that stop. They added that he seemed to be very drunk. Here are a few pictures of what happened prior to his jailbreak.
We finally met up with him in the venue K44 in Athens. He had to deal with 10 sweaty people hugging him.
The show has been the highlight of the tour so far. The people were just amazing and there's no doubt that our friend Jack from Despite Everything is one great guy. And we got to know an awesome Greek band. Don't hesitate to check them out: BAD BID.
As I was telling in a previous post, we went to Greece by ferry. A ferry, built for the very reason to get drunk (18-year-olds celebrating their last days of school).
We were respecting that historical fact and so was Bob. Since I haven't mentioned him so far: That's Bob.
However, he decided to leave the ferry a few hours too early. We're not sure yet why. But as I write these lines, some of us are trying to find him somewhere in the city of Patras. That's not only a problem for the obvious reasons, but also because his mobile phone was stolen a few days earlier and we have no clue where he is at the moment.
I'll keep you posted on that one.
Here's the first update of our three weeks tour with Joey Briggs and The Forum Walters. We played Prague, Milano and Bologna. The shows have been really good, although The Walters had a car accident in the Czech Republic. And of course there was July 1st in Milano. It was the day Italians got their asses kicked by Spain. I figure, they had other issues to struggle with than three punkbands. That was alright though, since we had a day at the Toscanian beach ahead.
We did enjoy it. Unfortunately we had to face that both our vans were robbed, leaving us with a damage of about 6000 EUR… SHIT! My guitar, some laptops and mobile phones were stolen, the door locks need to be repaired as soon as possible. Luckily they left Thomas' laptop. I guess it was just too big to carry around. Still, that's quite some stuff to bear.
So we were pretty much longing for a good show and the promoter Alberto did a really great job in making us feel comfortable. He joined us to the police station to translate, he fed us and he basically did everything right to make us feel welcome. After all the shit we've been through, the show was incredibly fun, thanks to Alberto, Enrica and the owner of the pub Mr.Thiago Ramone. These guys were just the sweetest people. Thanks so much for that!
Right now we're on the 18-hours-ferry to Greece. We were expecting a calm ride with not much action. What we got is a crowded boat full of 18-year-olds, celebrating their last exams by getting super wasted. I think we'll join them.
As we played the Schall&Rauch-Release shows, one thing became obvious. My eye lashes deny to do their jobs properly, since they wouldn't catch my sweat. They have been nothing but a disappointment to me in terms of sweat catching. Seeing the bright side of a very desperate situation, I finally got my very own tour ritual of rushing to the toilet right after the show and washing my burning eyes with cold water. That's quite something, right?
On the even brighter side of life we also played a show in Ljubliana, set up by our friend Dario from In-Sane, featuring Jak Holmes, One Win Choice and Astpai. It's always a pleasure to share the stage with these guys!
In other news, we celebrated our first release show (Split EP) at Schwarzlsee, where we tried hard to keep our heads above water. Although we failed poorly (see picture), that's still one of the upsides of touring in summer. The develish heat and a car without air conditioning in comparison are things I would rather send to hell than to experience myself. We keep you posted on that one during our 6 weeks tour in July/August. -Bernd
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