October 20th, 2010

Tour Diary 3

Rockhampton – Beef Capital and Kate’s hometown. She is a celebrity here! In the paper and everything! Also, her mum makes amazing pumpkin soup and is incredibly hospitable.

Bundaberg – Accidentally got ‘Penis’ Tourette’s on stage. Kate and I said it about 12 times during our set. Not entirely sure why or how that happened. Sorry Bunderberg…

Nambour – Tried not to talk on stage

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October 18th, 2010

Tour Diary 2 – North QLD

Not very good at this blogging thing am i? Will try harder to update more regularly…

This is our sweet ride for this leg of the tour. It’s making me embrace my inner bogan. And it turns out, Kate missed her calling as a car model, as this pose (and many others similar) came incredibly natural to her.

Cairns was hot. We all got a little too much sun and became increasingly silly as it seeped through our bodies and brains. Hilarious (to us) stage banter ensued and a good show was played. My dear friend Martine, who used to manage Sekiden, came to the show. It was really nice to catch up and reminisce about old times and things.

While we were playing in Townsville, the lighting created some kind of black curtain beyond the first 2 rows of seats, and I found myself just glaring into the darkness during songs, becoming increasingly aware that i may be staring at one person unintentionally, and probably making them feel a bit uncomfortable. This thought was so consuming for some reason that i forgot i was playing a show and consequently completely fucked up the chords of the song ….Luckily when i explained to the audience what had happened, and apologised to the dude i had been intently staring at, they seemed to think it was funny, forgave me and the rest of the show went well. Phew!

I think there was some kind of Rock Eisteddfod at the Mackay Entertainment Centre the same night as us, so the backstage area was overun by young kids dressed as cute things and crying ballarinas. The little gingerbread man was my favourite. i wish i had taken a photo of him, but felt a bit creepy taking photos of kids i had never met.

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October 11th, 2010

Tour Diary 1 – Victoria

Its not a good sign when your names are called out over the PA at the airport for your first flight of the tour because you’ve been distracted by a close by wine tasting booth at 10am….Thankfully this was just a minor hiccup and not a sign of things to come for the tour….yet.

Victoria has been incredibly kind, rewarding us with gratuitous applause, laughter at all my attempts to be funny on stage, and generous merch buying.  The first Show in Albury, although a little shaky as first shows usually are, was incredibly exciting and fun. As was the second show at the Royal Theatre in Castlemaine, an overwhelmingly beautiful venue made in the mid 1800s. I strongly recommend you visit it sometime. Its quite lovely.

It has taken me a little while to get used to this whole people-sitting-down-and-not-yelling-stuff-out-at-me-while-i-play- theatre experience, although I think if the third show hadn’t been at the Palais in Melbourne (my goodness that room is MASSIVE) i would have started to feel a little better about it by now. The Melbourne show was definitely a highlight for us all, and despite the fact i thought i might spew from nerves before we went on stage, i thought we all started to feel quite comfortable up there together. After the show i was overcome by an acute sense of relief and love for everything and everyone, and couldn’t quite settle down until i found my way into bed at about 4am.

Sleepily and a bit deluded, we drove to Meeniyan the next day. As we walked into the Town Hall, we were informed that the lovely ladies who work there would be cooking us all a home made dinner (with 3 different kinds of dessert!). Backstage we were offered wine, cheese, tea, and an open fire to sit next to and warm our hands. The show was great as we played to tables of kind people dimly lit by flickering candle light. Half way through the set i accidentally talked my way into a tired hole of doom where i think i  unintentionally insulted their town…Thankfully Kate saved me with some witty comments about how much we all loved Meeniyan and something about me being shit at frisbee (i am), and everyone was happy again. Thanks Katie!

Tour invention #1 – “Amp Cup” by Mirko Vogel. (trade mark pending) – it makes stuff louder!!

Next stop: Cairns!

Also, i’d like to quickly mention how grateful I am to my friend Sarah and band and crew for having us along and being super helpful and welcoming and just wonderful.

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September 29th, 2010

Seja Merch

A little while ago i had this great idea that i would make my own merch for the tour! Which was the best idea and the worst idea I’ve ever had. The best because i love sewing little felt synthesizers, they’re very cute, and its nice to have something different to other bands merch-wise. The worst because they take me AGES and i just don’t have the time at the moment, and also it’s weird sewing your own name over and over.

Nevertheless, over the last few weeks i have been extremely busy making these little guys:

They’re badges and fridge magnets!

Come by the merch desk and have a look. They’re very soft.

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