A couple of weeks ago we set off on our first Swiss tour. We had a truly marvellous time despite the strict 93 decibel noise limit (even in stadiums apparently), Swiss-only plug sockets, two police-led van searches (blame it on the beards) and said van having an oil leak like the bladder of an ageing relative. We were treated like C-list celebrities everywhere we went, with cheese, free bars and rapturous crowds greeting us in all four cities we graced. We performed on TV for the first time alongside 8 feet tall (big heels) DJ Tanja La Croix, were asked interesting questions on Swiss radio channels and played our first gigs with our new members Grant McNeill and Josh Taffel, the last a sell-out in a venue so warm that intervals are encouraged for health and safety reasons.
Before I begin with a few choice photos, allow me to regale you with an interesting fact about Switzerland from a man named Jean-Luc. Despite being one the world’s 10 wealthiest nations, it has the third-highest suicide rate, behind only Japan and Norway. The societal pressure can be summed up in one of Hip Hop’s deepest truisms; mo’ money mo’ problems.
On with the slide show:
Despite the previous night’s whiskey intake, our sound man Joel was not still drunk. These pink eggs are real.
Some eager swans joined us for a riverside beer in Zurich.
Surname Cameron I hope…
Note: toilet humour is less/un-funny when translated.
This means jewellery but was close enough to the Yiddish for penis to continue our juvenile humour.
To Kill A King - oh yeah!
The good times roll in Nyon’s hippest club, owned by their 2012 Man of the Year whose bar we’d just played in.
Rihanna’s favourite bar in Basel, allegedly.
The smoking policy was fairly stringent.
These were the highest tables we’ve ever been interviewed at, making for an intense discourse.
Our final gig, a sell-out for our debut in Basel’s most musical sauna.
Joel dressed in an Um-Bongo carton can after a radical new haircut.
The whole gang with our brilliant promoters and hosts Dom and Dom (in TKAK shirts). They provided food, shelter, breakdown cover and hooked us up with all the gigs and press commitments we could have asked for. They are legends - Prost to you two!
The new two sleep off the effects of the final night.
We’ll be back soon to build on these solid foundations…
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Here are some more visual delights for you.
The first is a session filmed at Bestival for Off Guard Gigs, the youtube music channel of Right Guard antiperspirant. This features Ralph in a hat, Ben in a turban and a solid trio performance of Cold Skin. We smelled great too.
The next sees the triumphant return of Ralph’s Balcony for a second series. This time out our great leader collaborates with willing accomplices on a brand new track written just seconds before filming. The first of these features spoken word maestro, frontman of Benin City and the compere of our Play All The Things night, the simply irrepressible Joshua Idehen. Enjoy, and keep an eye out for more in the future…
Finally, it’s time for the now-obligatory TKAK UK tour poster and ticket link, so you should all know what to do by now -
click the picture to confirm your attendance via online payment.
It’ll be well worth it I promise you.
Thanks guys, see you on the road!