Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Friday, 4 November 2011
AMERICA IN LOVE
Let's get something straight. We love the United States. We have just returned from our first tour in Chicago and the reception and hospitality we have received has blown us away. I'd like to thank each and every person who came to see us and who helped us out in any way whilst we were there, for what was all too short a time.
In terms of the rockstar stakes, I came joined third on this trip. We played three great sets over as many days and it was very cool to be able to get so much stage time in over a short period. We have been trumped by Branko though, who went a step further by deciding to get himself a couple of tattoos right before soundcheck at the Congress Theater downtown... On his arms. My usual concerns kicked in about this- 'will you be able to move your arms let alone play?' 'have you thought this through?' etc but he took it like a man and barely made a sound as his elbows were coloured in. 'Ink' was dedicated to him later that evening. I won't. however, mention Branko's 6 foot jump of terror when a custom-made motion sensored witch scared the tattoos of him... that would ruin his day.
But Branko was only second, for our drummer managed to get himself taken into police custody as soon as we arrived at O'Hare airport, making him the clear winner. Six hours of some pretty stressful investigation later and we found him ready to be sent on the next plane to Heathrow. Fortunately we were able to speak to the border police and clear up the matter and he was reunited with us. It turns out that he'd been making friends with the police in a way that only he can... Whilst initially terrifying, the police were great and really cool about everything.
The Congress Theater is my new favourite venue to play and the atmosphere is amazing. It's one of the largest theaters in North America and I have to say, I could get used to playing that size of stage and that volume. We were honoured to be asked to play there and be a part of the Rocktober festival as special guests. We can't wait for the next time. For now, it's back to the studio so you can all hear this album we're working on.