We’re hitting the road, again! This time we’ll be taking in lots more France, the Pais Vasco, Belgium & the Netherlands. It’s going to be a long run of 16 dates and I hate to think how many kilometers … ok, I had to work it out, 5,200 km. Yep. We love driving. But more importantly we love getting the chance to play in front of new & old crowds. Look forward to seeing you somewhere along the way. bises.
nov 05 PERPIGNAN (FR), L’ubu
nov 06 ZARAGOSA (ES), Pub Eccos
nov 07 SOPELANA (ES), La Triangu
nov 08 BILBAO (ES), UMORE ONA
nov 09 VITORIA (ES), Hell Dorado
nov 10 TOULOUSE (FR), Dis Pensary
nov 12 ANGOULEME (FR), Le KaRma
nov 13 RENNES (FR), Mondo Bizarro (with Dead Horse Problem)
nov 14 LANNION (FR), café les valseuses
nov 15 SAINT BRIEUC (FR), La Citrouille (with Don Cavalli)
nov 16 LORIENT (FR), Le Galion
nov 17 NANTES (FR), Le Remorqueur
nov 20 PARIS (FR), Le Gibus Café (with Tulla Larsen)
nov 21 LILLE (FR), Monk’s café
nov 22 MIDDELBURG (NL), Kaffee ‘t Hof
nov 23 BRUSSELS (BE), L’Os à Moelle
This week we are heading towards Spain, but as my lovely Spanish friends corrected me, we can’t call it a “Spain Tour” but a Basque and Catalonia tour. Very well! We did a couple of shows in the Basque region way back in November 2011 where we played and slept in a 200 year old prison. That was really quite an incredible experience, and I am very much looking forward to getting back there. I am also rather pleased that we have managed to accommodate a day off in San Sebastián, where we quickly stopped last time.
Here are our dates:
09 may. SOPELANA (Bizkaia) @ La Triangu
10 may. BERMEO (Bizkaia) @ Alt Sessions Festival
11 may. BILBAO @ UMORE ONA
12 may. OÑATI (Gipuzkoa) @ Pako Taberna
15 may. SAN SEBASTIÁN/DONOSTIA @ Ondarra Club 16 bis
16 may. VITORIA/GASTEIZ @ Gora Taberna Gasteiz
17 may. URRETXU (Gipuzkoa) @ Hankie Hankie
18 may. LLEIDA @ Oh Yeah! (Swampy Weekend)
The last time we played a full band show in Italy was at Ohibo when we released the Devil Inside video. So it’s a welcome return for us this weekend. First up we play this Friday night, 3 May at Ligera, MILANO with our good friends, The Three Blind Mice. Then on Saturday 4 May we head north to Cantu for a show at one Lombardia’s most famous clubs, All’Unatrentacinquecirca (or All’Una35circa for short ).
The troops are pretty tired on day twelve of our tour. We relented and went to McDonalds for lunch, and now we’re waiting to unload the car and set up for the last show at Brin de Zinc in Chambery.
Tired Face #1
Tired Face #2
And Tired Face #3
I’m sure we’ve got just enough juice left in the tank to deliver one more show tonight, perhaps with the help of a mouthful of whisky. Back to Milan tomorrow and this week we’ll announce the dates of our 10-show German/Europe tour which begins on Thursday 11 April in Switzerland.
We’re almost halfway done with our tour. So far we’ve been battling against snow, rain, sore throats and illness, but the show must go on, as they say. It has been amazing catching up with so many wonderful people along the way. We had a fantastic night at Mondo Bizarro on Saturday with Bed Bunker and Head On. Here are a couple of pics of us with the boss:
And not forgetting the awesome show at Ernee on Friday night, put together by the one and only Headsucker, and his beautiful wife Emma, who made sure that we left their town at least 3 kilos heavier than we arrived. Here’s a video of a song we just recorded at SAE with Ivan Rossi, a cover of the JC classic, Give my love to Rose. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for a new Beast Records release coming out soon in tribute to the man in black. This video is courtesy of Phil LaCleck, (merci Phil).
Pete had an unintentional night off last night to rest his voice, sorry Caen, but we’ll be back next time I promise. He has slept and dosed up on everything under the sun to try and recover for the rest of the tour. Thanks so much to Alex for all the help and honey. Tonight we head to Le Mans, tomorrow Paris. Hope to see you on the road.
Hello! Here we are at our last rehearsal in the studio just outside Milan this morning. We are sure going to miss our morning coffee at the best coffee machine in the city. It’s more like coffee flavoured water than coffee actually, but for some reason it has become an integral part of our rehearsal routine.
I think we are pretty much ready. We’ve bought some new stuff to make us even louder than before (much), attempted to pack it tetris-style into the car (it fits, just), and written and re-written the set list. We’ve had a run through of the Beasts of Bourbon song that we’re going to play with Head On next Saturday at Mondo Bizarro (that’s the 16th), and run through the song that we think Headsucker is going to ask us to play.
This weekend I’m going to stock up on car snacks and neurofen, get all the merch sorted out and packed up, and decide how many different outfits I can possibly fit into my bag. Writing new songs has taken a back seat for the moment because there just hasn’t been the free time to concentrate on them. Nonetheless, we have a couple already added to the set. We’ll be playing the entire album in our show, all 10 songs. I’m rather pleased about that.
Looking forward to seeing you on the road next week if you are in France! Come and say hello, or bon soir as the case may be.