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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

Shambles and Babyshambles

November 16, 2009

Hello there,

this week we played a couple of gigs. The first was in Spitalfields at a place called The Luxe. Twas an adventure in itself just getting to the gig! We were picked up from Camberwell by our friend Dave Ashby from Rum Shebeen (great band) after a quick rehearsal at Mahood’s flat. Then we drove to Dave’s to pick up a guitar amp, then onwards to Penge to collect a bass amp for Alfie. The van kept pulling over to the left but we thought nothing of it until we arrived in Penge, only to be told by a local man in beige and graduated tint glasses that we had a catastrophic puncture. So once more into the breach, we all piled into Dave’s Mum’s Fiat and off we set for Spitalfields. The gig itself was okay and it was good to see a few familiar faces, thanks guys!

The next day was much more straightforward. We were playing with Babyshambles at the Dirty South in Lewisham. It was an excellent gig, we played well and I managed to give away all of the Gaoler’s Daughter Badges I’d taken with me. If you want one yourself, get yourself to a gig and pester us! Had to un-invite people though as the gig was completely sold out the day before, so sorry if you didn’t get in. The guys in Babyshambles played a blinder, as did The Thirst, who we’ve always thought were excellent. Afterwards I had to drive back to Brighton for Uni the next day with my Sister, and so felt it only fair to buy chicken from my favourite chicken shop; Amir’s Fried Chicken in New Cross (once i only had 75p, i was drunk and tired and hungry and gave him the ‘I need chicken’ eyes, and he gave me chips and 5 hot wings! This is one of my best chicken based anecdotes)

Anyways, E.P is only a couple of weeks away from release so that’s very exciting. The second E.P is in the pipeline, having already been recorded, and yesterday sent away for mastering. So it’s all moving along nicely!

see you soon

Gaolers Daughter x