DAY 27: Unfortunately for us, the CD player in the van has decided to call it a day, so our sound track for the journey home has not been Chris Rea ‘driving home for Christmas,’ on repeat.
We said goodbye to Rob (who was flying home) as we left the gig in Zürich- which was like losing a limb in some respects. He got to spend a night on the tour bus with Hawthorne and Red jumpsuit before going to the airport the next day. We had a monster journey ahead of us to make the ferry in Amsterdam for 5.30 the next day, with a stop in Gaggenau for 3 and a half hours sleep.
Amsterdam was a brilliant gig. The Melkweg (Dutch for milky way) is an incredible venue- clean, tidy, well organised, great sound, good stage, awesome staff.
Apparently, a lot of venues in the Netherlands are subsidised by the government, unlike those in the UK, which means that they often have the money to be well maintained and adequately staffed, rather than fending for themselves outright- which is much the case in the UK. This means that even if gigs aren’t promoted to a good standard or well attended, there will always be money coming in. In the UK, promoters/venue owners HAVE to make it work, and seem under a lot more pressure to do so. Sometimes, bands like us can be stuck in the middle of a tirade of negativity, with people taking out their frustrations on the next easy target.
In our opinion, this tour has been a success. We were sceptical about doing it at first- we are well out of an album cycle and fees for support bands are often not that great. The tour has been good for generating awareness about the new record, playing to new faces, playing in new places, especially abroad, and hanging out with Hawthorne and Joey from Red Jumpsuit.
After sleeping for 13 hours on the ferry, I am sat in the front of the van, squinting like I’ve been sucking on an entire lemon tree (the sun is spectacularly low). Andy and Si decided to party on board the dfds cruise ship to Newcastle, but I thought better of it after a couple of beers; semi- hibernation and two showers seemed more appealing. I am such a rock legend.
Which brings me to my next point. We have learnt a lot of things on this tour, met a lot of people, and had some good times. As Sam McTrusty was quoted in Kerrang! last week- if you cant be yourself, who can you be? The answer to that is simple- you can be a nobody. This tour has seen us make new friends, it has also seen us appreciate the fact that none of us are, or ever will be washed up clichés.
Frank Turner once said, ‘there’s no such thing as rock stars there’s just people who play music. Some of them are just like us as some of them are d*cks.’
Never a truer word said, no divas here.
Wintersleep- Weighty Ghost
This is a live video from South by Southwest festival, great song.