Here’s a tour blog for last weekend. Basically it’s me gushing for too long about how good all the bands were, using too many exclamation marks and not enough full stops (my sentence construction leaves a lot to be desired).
We flew down to Christchurch and met up with the FADOHT guys and went for a drive around. We ended up having a wander around the city which was a very intense experience. The last time we were there was when the September quake hit (we had played a house party and one of the last shows at the dearly departed El Santo in the days before) so it was pretty shocking to see how much the place has changed. The hotel Nic and I were staying in when it hit is still there (the Ibis next to Cathedral square) but a lot of the other buildings on that street are gone.
What is really inspiring is despite the city centre being in a state of perpetual limbo there’s some amazing musicians and venues making awesome things continue to happen.Darkroom is one of those venues, a small cosy place with awesome vibes and a superb beer selection, it was a pleasure to play there. T’Nealle, Jasper and everyone that works there are super awesome folk and the stage and sound were rad.
Salad Boys played first and they ruled, Joe Sampson is a beautiful guitar player and the sparse 2-piece set-up really allows for his playing to shine through. FADOHT played next and injected an older song into their set as well as the new one they played in Tauranga the other week. These guys just get better and better. Coate played third and are quite possibly my favourite live band at the moment. Everything about their set was perfect and it was a great feeling to finally play a show together after nearly five years of trying!
After far too many beers and nowhere near approaching enough sleep (big ups to Joe for letting us crash at his place) we hit the road with Tim and Dave for Port Chalmers. Chicks Hotel was just as awesome as it was last time we were down but now with a bunch of new owners (all of them good sorts). I really love Port Chalmers, it has an air of mystery and a slight weirdness about it that makes it a great place to spend a couple of days.
The show went well, we had more people come than we’ve ever had at Chicks and all of the bands were sublime. Got to meet Blackball in the flesh and finally see Space Bats, Attack (incredible!). FADOHT played the best set I’ve seen from them yet and Opposite Sex were frenetic and unrelenting. I got to meet Simon McLaren which was pretty rad and finally read some of the Principia Discordia. We stayed for a few too many Emersons beers and slept far too late the next day (even with daylight savings giving us an extra hour Cuss was still sound asleep until 1pm).
The next day called for bacon. Here’s an illiustration:
We got to catch up with the best rhythm section NZ has ever seen (Dave and Sam from Idiot Prayer) and spent heaps of time hanging out with Timmy (the man) which included a sweet trip to the bowling alley (which ended with me gloriously defeating everyone else).
In summation, Christchurch and Dunedin rule hard out.
Here’s a list of people we’re extremely grateful to:
Tim and Dave for joining us (and doing all the driving while we slept on the way to Chch), Timmy for graciously driving us around and dropping us at the airport (which has happened before cos Timmy is the man and way to generous), Lee, Lucy, Tim for playing and providing gear, Hope for lending me a copy of the Principia Discordia, Dave for coming along, Blackball for the poster, Tom Bell for the sound, Thomas, Will and the Coate dudes for Chch backline, Joe for the place to crash, JamesH DanR and JamieL for the great conversation, everyone at Chicks, Darkroom and probably heaps of people I forgot.
Can’t wait for Wellington and Whanganui this weekend! Will try and take some photos this time.