Last day of the tour ended up in Rendsburg. Apparently it was the promotors birthday so we got a second cake to feast on today. There were only us and Anchor playing tonight so it kind of felt like our special “say goodbye party”. Both bands did good and afterwards an older punk with a Rövsvett patch bought 12 records from our distro – all with bands from Sweden. When we had packed all our stuff and were to leave we had to say goodbye to Martin who was going back to Glasgow with a flight from Hamburg the next morning. It was a tearful goodbye and we all love him for being such a great guy, always filled with excitement and curiosity for other cities and people. We found a new friend for life in him.
When I write this we are 5 hours from home. We dropped Anchor off in Gothenburg and Trollhättan. Tomorrow we will be back at work as usual, doing everyday stuff. But we will also start writing our debut album and prepare for Fluff-Fest this summer. We want to take the opportunity to thank everybody involved in making this tour possible. Thank you Joe at Stateless Society, Anchor, New Direction Tour Service, promotors, people who made us food, opened their homes for us, all of you who attended our shows, bought merchandise, gave us compliments and shared photos online.
We had the time of our lives, thank you!
A good night sleep and a short drive took us to Wolfsburg. We were greeted with pizza, pasta salad, rice with vegetables, chocolate cake and sodas. We were to play with great bands like Astpai and Timeshares. Unfortunately a big football tournament drew away most of the crowd so we ended up playing for a smaller audience than expected.
We slept at a really cool house with sleeping lofts and I (Thomas) spent the night sleeping in a hammock. We got the most incredible breakfast which ended with birthday cake for this guy Jake. We congratulated him with the Swedish version of Happy Birthday To You – Ja Må Han Leva
Rendsburg tonight: the last stop of the tour…
We had a long drive today. 13 hours with no lunch. Just played a show in Duisburg, Germany, in what looked like an apartment room. It was nice. A fast and furious set with no fuss and people seemed to like it. We’ll see if we will stick around because we have to sleep at the venue which has no toilet or beds (!) Some of us had to take a shit at the railroad tracks just outside. No speed no punk, what can I say?
We met Tim. A guy that Martin talked to online. He offered us to come sleep at his parents house. That meant warm beds, wifi, late dinner, breakfast and showers. An awesome dude and a true friend. We slept like babies and are now ready to take on Wolfsburg tonight.
Yesterday we drove to Ostrava in Czech Republic. An 8 hour drive that took longer than expected so we had no real food until 20:00 at the venue and then we played immediately afterward. It was exhausting and it became a little more introvert than we usually do shows. Jan, the guy that organized the show, was a little disappointed that we didn’t play “Seven”. I promised him that we’ll do it next time so I guess we have to come back then
Today we are in Vienna. We had some pizza and left the van for 1,5 hour. When we got back someone must have broken in because two computers and some other stuff were missing. We had to call the cops and it took us over an hour to clear things up. Fortunately none of our musical gear were gone but we came to the venue slight delayed and pissed off. We will try to focus that rage into our set in about an hour.
We’re in beautiful Croatia right now. The weather has been kind and the rain that was promised where exchanged by sun. We took a walk here in Zagreb to buy water and had some time to see a glimpse of the city. When we drove in with the van at the venue we where greeted by some older punks. They seem into Crooked Letter here and they asked about if any of our members played in Leiah when they were here 10 years ago. It’s really cool that a band from our town that stopped playing a decade ago get mentioned so far from home. It also proves that these people continue to put up shows DIY style even jn their late 30s, early 40s which is cool. Thomas throat feels a little better. We hope that we can do a full set this time. We’re up now…
We’ve starting to get the tour-flu. Everyone feels a little feverish and have sore throats. We’re in Bratislava now and are ready to fall asleep after a long load-out from the club. We had to cut out two songs from our set because Thomas lost his voice this morning. After three cups of ginger tea, some vodka and a singing warm-up with Claes he managed to do the gig pretty good though.
When we came down in a small pub in the cellar part of a kindergarten we thought that maybe this would be one of the low points of this tour but it turned out the total opposite. The place got packed with people and we opened the night followed by Spirits from Boston and then Anchor. People went wild early and tables where turned over and bottles got smashed. Spirits were insanely good and we did our best show this far.
Prague has this unique kind of venue: Café Na Pul Cesty. A café in a park that has hardcore punk shows on regular basis. This was one of the shows we looked forward to the most. Just to hang out with Pavel, the organizer, is worth a visit. We also got to meet Adam. A student from Prague, and probably one of our greatest supporter. The café got literally packed, we did our best show ever and we got so good taken cared of. This night was really what makes touring worth the effort.