Posts Tagged ‘nottingham’

Babyshambles Tour pt. 2

December 24, 2009

The Nottingham gig at Rock city was the last date we were playing on this particular tour. I’d heard a lot about the venue and couldn’t wait to get there. Again we got a confused as to where the venue actually was, and it didn’t help that it started snowing as we were peering out of the windscreen, looking for ‘Talbot Street’. After Ben asked in Starbucks for directions though, we found the venue.

All the staff there were really friendly. Although every time I walked past one of the crew, they seemed to be talking about Scalextrix. Namely the 1992 Nigel Mansell World Champion set. Slightly strange, but you’ve got to have hobbies and I’m sure it’s a great set to own, play and maintain.

We had catering provided here too! This amazed me and I ordered Cumberland sausage and lashings of diet coke as old Enid Blyton might say (no ginger beer I’m afraid)

 The gig was great too. The crowd were absolutely amazing, really up for listening to new music and I spotted a few groups of people having a little boogie in the confines of the packed Rock City venue. We were worried about playing some of the slower songs, mainly From Russia With Love, because the instinct is to play a support set full high energy tunes to get the crowd pumped up ready for the main act. However, i think the gamble to play it payed off as it was one of the best recieved songs of the night, and showed the crowd a different side to us as a band (I’ll put the lyrics up soon, with a short explanation on the subject of the song). Nottingham: Easily the best gig of the year for me, so major points to Nottingham, can’t wait to return!

After our set we hung around with the lovely guys from The Skuzzies, drinking our rider and exchanging stories. From what I could see of their set, it looked like they played a great gig too.

And all too soon, it was time to go home. We couldn’t stay to meet and talk to anyone which was a shame, but we needed to start the long trek back to London, and after saying our goodbyes to the ‘shambles and The Skuzzies and Crew, we piled into the our van and roared off (nearly taking a lamp-post with us. shhhh)

The inevitable service station stop off happened, which i would have been grateful for had they not been charging £4.50 for a BLT sandwich!!! That is ridiculous. I went hungry out of protest, found the crumbled remains of my custard creams in my bag and ate them on the way home. Getting into the van I split my trousers in a big way. This made getting home on the tube the next day rather a challenge without getting arrested for indecent exposure. Luckily I had a scarf which I could strategically place to avoid the police getting involved.

Anyway, so all in all, an amazing couple of days. And I know I speak for everyone when I say we can’t wait to hit the road again in 2010!

ciao,

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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