Album release tour 2018
September 20th-30thWell well well. Finally getting around to writing about what the fuck we did the last month. I got back from California on September 18th, and we had our record release party in Leipzig on the 20th. I was a bit worried whether or not my jetlag would totally mess me up, and if I'd be capable of putting on a kick ass show.
Me, Lena and some friends went to Karli in leipzig with spray paint and stencils to advertise the show:
Me and Chris went to pick up the popcorn machine from some dude in the West of Leipzig (the popcorn machine barely fit in the car). To be honest, most of the night was a blur -- I got to see the vinyls for the first time (they look dope!) and on arriving at Absturz, we met up with the band supporting us, Elephants Foot. Super great band, super cool dudes, making some super cool blues rock. I was diggin it. We honestly didn't know how many people would show up to the concert - it's always kind of a fear I guess, for a new band, whether anyone actually gives two shits about what you're doing. By 20:00, there were maybe 30 people there.
I went to the car to take a little 'nap.'
I couldn't nap.
By 9:30 Elephants foot started, and the club was almost full. I was feeling quite loopy and strange, but was in my 'fuck it' rock and roll attitude. Me and Chris killed it -- even with some of my technical mishaps (fucking cables coming unplugged too frequently!!!) and the club was totally packed. I think the popcorn was a hit also (oh, and we bought some Kaufland cupcakes before as well. Our guests are always satisfied).
Me and Chris realized that we are really making something important for the world. And by important, I mean Rock and fucking Roll. Release show: CHECK.
Next on our list of places to rock out was: Zeithain prison. Tony (our manager and label master) hooked us up with a really cool gig in prison. Yes -- fucking PRISON. We were told not to bring anything except our music equipment (no phones etc.). We drove to Zeithain, which is pretty much in the middle of no where in Saxony, where Paul went inside and got instructions to retrieve our phones and wallets and hand them over to the guards. Then, a big metal gate (it was a 4 meter wall essentially) opened up and we drove in. We met Alfred, the promoter/prison helper/social worker/dude who makes life in prison not so miserable by giving prisoners access to art and a bit of the outside world. This show was so strange for me, I can't say how it was for Chris, but we just had a really good time.
We then went to a little town in Bavaria called "Tögging Am Inn". Fucking Bavaria. It was so beautiful! This place is for me as an American like going to Disneyland, and seeing where snow white lived, and where the naked people swim in the lakes (huh?!). The promoter Flo was a total homie. We played in a pretty small room, that turned out to have a really good sound, even for our very loud rock. We were also very stoked and pleased to know that our lord and savior, Reverend Beatman, walked on this turf before. As well as the Beatsteaks. We are getting closer, it seems.
The next day we hit the road to Tübingen - Schwaben, they call this place. We got hooked up with a gig from Erik, a friend of Reverend Beatman, who we met while the Beatman was touring in Israel last year. We played at a pretty typical German restaraunt, the Ratskeller, which was totally weird. But, the evening turned out to be a really fun and kickass night -- there was even a man who's wife was going to give birth soon, and well, our album's name is BIRTH... you get the point. He bought the vinyl. Erik also had a kickass apartment. Possibly the cleanest apartment we've ever seen. Chris was very happy.
Our last show brought us to Reichenbach an der Fills, near Stuttgart. We played at pretty big venue called 'Die Halle', which was a truly beautiful venue in a city we had honestly never heard of. As me and Chris say "business as usual." We rocked the fuck out, ate some food, drank a beer, and went on our lovely way back to Leipzig.
We're back home now, and writing a shit load of new songs for our next album, "THE RETURN OF DINASAUR STEVE." See you soon.