[16 Dec 2008]
GOAT/Rolo tour part 2/the end of the year to date......
My previous experience of Exexter involved a quiet gig with Cutting Pink With Knives supporting Antelope (who are on Dischord and feature dudes from Supersystem and stuff). This show wasn't the busiest thing ever either, but still had about 50-60 people, which is cool for a Sunday night outside of term time (No-one young actually comes from Exeter, right?). Exeter was nice, had a bit more time to explore this time round, and bought a hoodie, due to my on-tour hoodie bobbling to fuck and smelling. Nice. I believe we stayed in Winchester afterwards or something. Travel-to-the-lodge.
Some people hate Satans Hollow, some people love it. I think it's pretty sweet. It just looks like a comedy satanic dungeon, with the stage 'in the round' (ie in a circle in the middle of the room). Todays travelodge was in the city centre, so i fucking GOT.ON.IT. i was pretty drunk after loading out, but then we went to a cocktail bar where everything was £2. I drank Ameretto Sours, using van parking money I shouldn't have been using (which I repaid of course). I talked a nice young lady from Washington D.C and then went back to the Travelodge for long chats with Eva. Sobering.
King Tuts Wah Wah Hut is good venue in terms of how they feed you and look after you. Seriously good. The rest of the UK should take note. However they have had some shit noise limitation thing imposed by neighbours, so this was so quiet it was untrue. I was talking to people in front of the stage whilst bands were playing. Saw the dudes from take a worm for a walk week - these dudes are so nice. I vowed to stay with them next time im in Glasgow as they wish to change my perception of their fair city. Joes gf Kelsey came to the show too, which was nice, as I always enjoy a chat with her.
My ex-home. Where I went to Uni etc. The fucking crew came out tonight - Stu, Curtis, Matt, Jim, Beard, Manoj, and more....hilariously, I bumped into Jim randomly in HMV, he was just standing in the ipod section charging his ipod whilst listening to Man Is The Bastard on a docking station, really loud. This inspired Jim and Curtis to shout powerviolence-esque lyrics and phrases throughout the show and mosh inappropriately. Good times. Good size crowd too.
Felt weird to be home, but not home, if that makes any sense. The borderline was right next to G-A-Y and it was clubnight night. Fruity scenes prevailed. Tom TGOATs parents came to this show, as did Vikki Blows, the model. She came and asked me for a Holy Roar tote bag (for free) i said "no way, fucking freeloader" - not realising who she was. I mean yeah - she should have paid for it, but at the same time it would have been good to see her have one. Or something. Thom Throats came to this show too, as did my new drumming friend Tom. More good hangouts. Crowd reaction for this show was offfffffffffffffffff.
We actually managed to get up at a reasonable time at my flat and get down to Brighton for about 2pm. I do like Brighton alot. Had a sweet cheap pizza buffet (not pizza hut), bought 'Johan Johannnnnssssooon - 'forlandia'' from resident records, went to a few other record shops/clothes shops/coffee places, and then the show was very hot and the crowd somewhat standoffish. Steve and Laura-Mary Blood Red Shoes came, as did Reuben ex-Johnny Truant and Ross from the Agency amongst other familiar faces. Drove back to my flat afterwards.
London (again) - all ages xmas party.
This was insane. Rolo Tomassi were the only 'heavy' band playing. The scala was sold out to the tune of about 1200 kids. The oldest you could be was 18 or something. I felt like a right old paedo. 500/600 kids were moshing, jumping up and down, circle-pitting and going crazy to Rolos at like 1pm. It was ridiculous. James stagedived and climbed speaker stacks, and Joe T ended the set by launching himself off his monitor and motherfucking HEADWALKING onto kids before collapsing to the floor. Seriously the best thing he has ever done.
Drove to sheffield (via nottingham) afterwards and I came home the next day via megabus. Exhausted. Monday I finished my xmas shopping (almost) with Rachel in tow. Got drunk. Tuesday I drove to Devon for family xmas (family rented a house down there), going via Langport, Somerset to visit Daisy Von Howl. Also visited Ellen along the way. Finally arrived in Malborough, Devon at like 10.30pm.....a long day, a long drive.
Christmas in Devon was amazing. I think the only thing lacking was a 'partner' to share it with. The house was huge, flatscreen tvs and playstations and shit in every room....it was amazing. I ate fucking tonnes, we went on walks to the coast, to pubs, went to Salcombe, had good times. Although I did have to get up at 6am on Christmas day (I have cousins ranging from 15 to 6 years old, with me being the oldest by a significant margin). There are 9 'cousins' including me, then my parents, her sister and partner, her two brothers and their partners, my nan and grandad and my other nan. 20 of us in total. Crazy.
So I finally got back to London yesterday (another epic drive), got home for a few hours, then drove back out to Heathrow to pick up Brian Phoenix Bodies and his girlfriend, who are now asleep in my lounge. The NYE RAGE starts here......