After getting over the savage celebratory bingeing that followed our multi-trillion signing with Xtra Mile Recordings at the start of the month we brushed off our collars, rubbed our bleary eyes and emerged blinking into the light once more to play for our Teutonic cousins in the Federal Republic of Germany.
We spent a half a day in the van on our way to Berlin. That’s twelve whole hours. I’m surprised no-one ended up with the van equivalent of be sores, so long did we all spend on our collective posteriors. During this slog various members ate, drank, slept, programmed some ferocious midi and, due to a DVD glitch, watched Sir David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet with the visually impaired commentary further enhancing his wise and legendary husk.
Man vs Food had inspired Ralph to take things to new extremes.
Upon our arrival in Berlin we were treated to Ritter Sport chocolates on our pillows and knew there and then that emigration wouldn’t be so bad. Following a well-earned sleep and the first of two TKAK cakes baked for us on our German trip, we headed to Flux FM for the most professional interview/session we’ve yet done. This bi-lingual bloodfest involved an extensive section devoted to the pro’s and cons of London vis-à-vis Leeds and their differing accents which I’m sure made even the sternest German raise a solitary chuckle. For the record, my girlfriend is both German and hilarious, so the Germans-are-humourless stereotype is almost totally false.
Taking over Flux FM.
That night saw our first show in a venue beneath the tracks of the U-Bahn. The room was completely rammed, mainly due to the free tickets on offer but also because there is a sizeable proportion of Germanic eardrums that possess a simply insatiable lust for all thing British and indie-folk. Lucky us. There was a strong contingent in the front rows who knew not only all of the words but also wore their t-shirts with pride, both a testament to the reliability of Royal Mail and also the hours I have spent making weekly small talk at post offices all over London. The show went very well and you can take a look at it here if you don’t believe me (click the picture to see the entire set).
Next up was a six hour trip West to Bonn, once the capital city of the old West Germany. We were playing in a large tent in the middle of the main park that was far too large for us but was thankfully full enough to lessen any slight embarrassment we may have felt. Before this our second cake arrived which looked like this.
It was the first cake they’d ever seen.
The set was well received with the second encore of the trip making it a 100% conversion rate. Following a stay in a vast open plan, forest- facing abode where we were fed and watered splendidly we sped back to Britain, feeling as if our German legacy was secure at least until our next venture to Europe’s strongest economy.
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We were lucky enough to play Reading and Leeds Festivals at the weekend. There were large amounts of people and mud alongside two hugely enjoyable sets the joy of seeing some of my teenage heroes perform for free. We’ve now got just one festival left which is Bestival next weekend. Thanks to everyone who’s seen and supported us over this long run, it’s been incredible fun!
3,000 or so apparently… ( ! )
If you’ve missed out then fear not, we’ll be doing a UK headline tour in October taking in the following towns and cities:
If you’d like a ticket or perhaps even several then click HERE or the poster above.
That’s all for now so pat yourself on the back if you’ve made it to the end.