thanks to everyone who came along to the empress to see us play last night. hopefully you were there early enough to catch The Ancients & Poor People too. if not, you missed out! keep an eye out for The Ancients new record which will be out around august.
& we're playing next friday with Dan Kelly at the Northcote S.C. hope to see you there. support supports!
so our show with royal headache and dead farmers in sydney went really well! sadly i forgot my camera charger so there are no photos, but there was a great turnout, those who turned out were great and the turnout was great (w apologies to g.s.).
this was a very different experience from our very first show in Sydney - our very first show out of Melbourne, and so the one by which all others are inevitably measured to by some degree - where one of the acts we played with, and in a more general sense, the mood cast over the night all up ('rider at manager's discretion'. the manager turned out to be a dick) reminded me of this great quote from Robert Bly:
'only a person with really sluggish blood could put up with the average state of a human being without yawning...for the confessional poet anything less than an abortion or cancer operation really doesn't justify the machinery.'
obviously this applies to music too, as anyone who has endured a performance by your average singer-songwriter will testify. and i suppose it applies to blogs too, in which case - joke's on us! but my point is that our experience this time in Sydney wasn't tainted by having any shitty acts thrust upon us where we had to endure boredom straight-faced. it was really something to play with Royal Headache and Dead Farmers. even though the sound was a little iffy with the last minute venue change i don't think anyone really cared, and the PA sounded pretty good up near the front anyhow.
so thanks to nick et all for putting on the show - you did a really great job. and thanks to everyone who turned out (including auntie m and uncle d!), turned out well.
Adelaide. you've been known to take many letters in front of you:
(B) - refers to paul kelly's song named after the town (D) - al mac's lineage fled from here (F) - they had the grand prix for a bit too (H) - as in, 'got laid', or 'had a layd(e) last night lads' (see below) (L) - hotspot for bux nights, footy tours, and gang murders (M) - see above (N) - see above (P) - fem products abound on footpaths generally (S) - westpac the tallest building (T) - as in better than tassie. a tad (W) - the general fatness of the populace
but DD can vouch that these are all bullshit! (R)Adelaide is for real! (R)Adelaide - a poem thanks for the billies on sunday they were sick
thanks to everyone who came to the metro & format shows thanks for the amazing soup nastasia (s&r shared it with us)
& our biggest thanks to rani & stacci! for putting us up & putting on shows - ta so very, very much.
we hope you feel better soon stacci your key's in the post! x
Dick Diver are an impressively coherent band in terms of musicianship, but their sloppy stage clothes [!] and sloppier banter (including a ridiculously awkward song intro about semi-pedophiliac old men) get in their way. Rad tunes, though.
Our trip to Brisbane was great fun! Touring rules and we wanna come to your city! (already planning more interstate trips as I type this).
Saturday we played at the Clubhouse in the Valley. Cops, speedo-frocks and fights. Baptism of fire, very fun gig! Kitchen's Floor were a highlights you should check them out when they come to Melbourne in early March.
Other highlights on Saturday were: Burger Urge (Tom), Frangipanes, basking lizard, Rupe & Louise's Accom. "Spring Hill Terraces", La Roux (sadly bulletproof only played twice though, or was it three times), and MGMT's Electric Feel which tom beefed-up by playing along to during the line check as the DJ wasn't too keen on stopping short his set.
Sunday was a polar opposite to the Clubhouse: day show, all ages, posh gaff. Played at the very swanky Brisbane Powerhouse with Big Strong Brute who were cool, and I Heart Hiroshima who understandably stole the show. Show was packed, everyone loved it, Suzie signing autographs and standing for photos after with streams of people. For good reason: I'd never seen them live before and really enjoyed the set, especially Suzie on kit who is genuinely vivacious and awesome to watch.
Sunday highlights: Smoke machine, Andrew Bartlett bought our EP!, being championed as bastions of anti-paedophilia movement by discerning punter, being told we should change our name for sake of taste by discerning punter, Cyber City, late night Callipo, Bundaberg 'Peachy' drink.
Monday: guerilla pool swim, GoMa, mingled lethargy/relaxed state of mind, seeing Al mont on arrival in Brunny