Posts Tagged ‘birmingham’

Babyshambles tour pt.1

December 22, 2009

Hi there.

We’ve all just got back from an excellent weekend supporting Babyshambles on their UK tour, so we’re all a bit tired. Tired but happy.

We got there in this brilliant matt black Iveco van. It looked like a huge russian military vehicle, and although it didn’t have any heating (a slight inconvenience when there’s frost on the inside of the windscreen!) it endeared itself to us by getting us there in one piece. Didn’t have a radio either, but what’s wrong with a bit of conversation to pass the time?! There was a seat in the back which we all took turns sitting in. So….cold….so many guitars falling on you…..thank the lord for the sheepskin jacket Alfie found! You couldn’t really speak to anyone back there though. It was like looking through the wrong end of a telescope or falling into a well- muffled voices, headlights coming at you, and unearthly rattles from the driveshaft. In my stint i decided to drink beer and just text everyone in my contacts list. Passed the time i suppose, although i don’t think people were too impressed by me waking them up just to read “in jokess van on way hme nw lol”

Major thanks to Alex’s boss for letting us borrow the beast as well…

After some getting lost antics around Birmingham, we eventually arrived at the venue. The o2 Academy. It looked pretty huge with nobody in it, yet seemed strangely less imposing when more people started to arrive. Our dressing room was a bit Judy Garland, all lights, en suites and leather and we did a good job of clearing out the fridge!

The gig itself was fantastic. It’s so good to play to a packed crowd and the audience, although obviously there to see one band, were very responsive and we all came off thoroughly pleased with how it went. Gary took some amazing photos of the show and they’ll be up on this blog/in some format very soon. Mahood had all the smoke machines and lights directed at him and there’s some pictures of him looking very Bonnie Tyler. Well, everyone needs a look…

After the show we piled into a cab and persuaded the driver to put on our E.P, he seemed to like it. Apparently he gets all the Birmingham celebrities in his cab, so he said he’d mention us to them. Cheers cab driver! All about who you know you see…

Our hotel was the very plush Formule One. I hear they’re a continental company, and the interior design really showed this. Very stylish, contemporary and luxurious.

Of course not!!! It was a dive!!! But for £28 a night, you can’t go wrong.

Alfie had been told about a warehouse party at a place called the Custard Factory run by bobby barnes and bigger than barry, and they very kindly let us all in for free. Thanks! It was a great sprawling venue, jam-packed by the time we reluctantly left. They were playing some disgusting dubstep (that means good) and some classic drum and bass that certainly made me wanna put on my classics and let’s have a little dance shall we.

So the night was drawing its final breaths and we headed to the hotel for to rest our weary heads on what appeared to be a plastic pillow (I later found out this was the bag for the duvet, which explains why i didn’t have a duvet) and perhaps have some delicious pizza which we ordered in.

Lights off. Exeunt.

To be continued…

Gaoler’s x

Squid Rubberneckin’

December 7, 2009

Just watching BBC’s Life. It’s absolutely incredible to think these animals have evolved these crazy ways to survive and pass on their genes. Makes you look at humans in a different light-we have these elaborate social conventions, inventions and huge cities, and they’re all there for one thing-the same reason all animals do all things. 

On more trivial matters however, it makes me angry that our licence fee, which can be used to create genuinely groundbreaking programs such as ‘Life’, is all too frequently used to make utter, as my Nan would say, ‘Drivel’, like ‘Young Butcher of the Year’. I really couldn’t give a sausage if you can make a Viking longboat out of meat. You’re wasting your time, and mine. Yes, I did watch it, but only in the same way that people slow down on the motorway when there’s been a crash. And yes, I remember it well, but only in the way that the teacher always remembers the naughty kid’s name. 

Apologies for the rant. 

There’s some great photographs from our E.P launch, taken by Jacqui Sadler which you can view here. There’s also a couple of gigs coming up at the end of this week, which we’re really looking forward to. One in Limehouse, right next to where we recorded our E.P, and one in Tommy Flynn’s in Camden. More Details are on our website here

All seems to be moving along nicely at the moment, and we can’t wait for the Babyshambles support dates in Birmingham and Nottingham.

see you at a show soon

Gaoler’s

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