It always seems to be a while before we post this stuff up…anyway, we’ve lots of bits of news…
…that video I’m on about below…that’s still coming. It’s pretty cool.
Big news, Vijay (Club Smith’s drummer) is filling the drum stool of Nick Hodgson of “that other Leeds band” Kaiser Chiefs. So the times they are a changin’, we’re not going to have Vijay for most gigs but we will have some excellent fill-ins, such as James Kenosha – one of the producers of our record who is joining us for our European gigs next months and some UK ones after that. James is a fine drummer, has played with us before and is outrageously handsome. ‘Nuff said.
We wish Vijay all the best, Kaiser Chiefs have been great to us over the years so we’re delighted our brother-from-another-mother is getting a chance to play some big gigs with them. He’ll remain involved in Club Smith with writing new stuff and we’re setting up a revolving door for collaborations with us live and on new recordings…which leads me to our next single…here it is…with tasty mix action from Lance Thomas (Ladytron Producer) and Dave Bascombe (Depeche Mode Producer)…
This will be out in the Spring, and yes it’s a total coincidence that the drums are quieter on this new mix…
Club Smith in Derby - Picture courtesy of Sarah Abigail Bottomley
And so the tour rolls on, after Southend on Sunday we moved onto London to do our own show. It was surprisingly busy and responsive for a London show, as such is the bustle of the capital we often fear being drowned out by people’s thoughts of getting ahead and what not. We also met a lovely bunch of people called Apple Eyes.
We then went to hit the travelodge. However our rooms had been given away, apparently it’s standard practice to overbook by 5 rooms? I pointed and shouted at the guy whilst wearing an 80s mac and the angry Rick Astley routine seemed to work and he booked us into a hotel 10 miles away. We got there and we weren’t booked in. We went back to the travelodge and he sent us another 10 miles away. We slept there and when we got up travelodge still hadn’t paid for the room. We were very outraged so booked into a spa. If there has ever been a more middle class/middle aged solution to a problem on tour I’d like to know it.
Here are 2 of our comrades on tour. The man on the left is Will who does our monitor sound, and the man on the right is Dudley who is selling our merch and driving us. They are both heroes of ours. Will has no volume control on his voice and Dudley has no control over whether what he says is appropriate, so it’s a great combination. One guy shouting all the time the other dishing out outrageous faux pas.
Guildford was great, as was Derby. We’ve sold an outrageous amount of cds and vinyls on tour now. A guy with Kaiser Chiefs told us it was probably enough to chart, which is a bit nuts. We still have time on the merch stand to deface a Jim Davidson flyer though…
So three days into the tour and it’s been quite incredible fun. The crowds have been amazingly responsive to us, the crew and other bands are really friendly and helpful, and we’ve sold out of our tour cds to the point that we need to courier in some new ones for the next gig tomorrow. The down point is every time we get to accommodation our group flips coins to see who won’t sleep in the same room as me due to snoring (I BOUGHT A BLOODY SNORE GUARD TOO), which is a real blow to the confidence…bastards.
Above is a picture from LLandudno. North Wales is pretty cool, some nice cliffs and a right rowdy bunch for a crowd…all of whom were massively charming after.
Here’s a picture from Reading in soundcheck…
The Hexagon was some kind of awesome 80′s spaceship type building with outrageous garish dressing room and posters of heritage act stars in the catering room (Gaby Rosling in various musicals).
The gig was again great, and I’ve managed to cut open two fingers now playing guitar. I like the idea of saying it’s down to being right active on stage and what not but it’s probably due to being pretty bad at playing guitar properly.
Above is a picture from outside Southend Pavillions, where they’ve just finished a round of legally blonde the musical and last night hosted Kaiser Chiefs, All the Young and Club Smith. I think this was our best gig so far, we’d gone out for Lee’s birthday after Reading I thought I was going to cry 2 minutes before stage time I was so hungover…but I think it brought the best out of us. Really could do with a good cry though sometime soon, been a while.
Tonight…London our own gig at the Garage in Islington!