A Buffalo gig last night, early enough to qualify as some kind of matinee performance, saw us take the stage at five to eight. There was a curfew at the bar which meant the bands had to be finished by 10. No-one seemed to know why, but following a stage-to-DJ-platform transition so smooth it couldn’t have been done quicker at Fat Sam’s speakeasy, it became evident that whatever was in store was going to feature a room full of tarty women and some of the world’s most obvious reggae records. That seemed to provide a suitable cue to leave at any rate, and the early finish meant we were able to enjoy being ferried home via public transport instead of shanks pony, a fortuitous turn of events given I’m still nursing a football injury which means my pony can only go so far at the moment before crying like a girl.
On a side note, why is public transport in this country so pedestrian? A recent venture to London ended in tears (followed by some persuasion to get on a Bristol bus instead, followed by a four hour overnight meander around Bristol knocking on a variety of Hotel doors to no avail, followed by high priced tickets on the first train home at 7 am) when we missed the last train home, at like, 10:50pm or something, which isn’t even bedtime for some kids these days. My phone says we’re living in the 21st century, but the public transport infrastructure suggests it’s actually still the 1960’s.
Anyway, we were first on (at the gig, not the aforementioned busses and trains) at an I Blame The Parents records night, IBTP being responsible for our last single release. We were playing with The Outdoor Types, who I’m led to believe have a new album out, and Gindrinker, who appeared with us on the single and looked like this on the night :
I didn’t get a crowd photo; a pre-gig idea to take one during the drum break of Imagine A Dog seemed too likely to result in me still taking out-of-focus pictures when I should be singing instead, so I wimped out. We’ve played Buffalo (and taken photographic evidence to prove it) so many times now that if we get any more pictures we’ll be forced to make one of those clever time-lapse photo things. Which might actually be pretty cool.
Anyway, gig was fun, the other bands were good, Gindrinker’s new Billie Holiday song was great on what turned out to be it’s first airing, and I got chance to try out the new Wobblebox bass pedal I made in the week:
Which was lovely. Next, something different.
It’ll be Joy of Sex, Wrightoid, Cook, Capper, Davies and Choi Sai Ho from Hong Kong. And it’ll also be awesome.
Famous UK abstract man Anthony Frost, known to Fall fans for doing the covers for Extricate, Imperial Wax Solvent and Telephone Thing, has allowed another of his paintings to be used for a sleeve; in the case, a split-single from two bands called Joy of Sex and Gindrinker:
The Fall connections continue as Gindrinker supported the Fall last time they played in Cardiff (where both these bands are from).
There’s a great interview with Frost here, where he talks about his work with The Fall amongst other things.