If there is anything I have learnt this week it is that Plymouth is a long way from Leeds, but it’s a pretty good place to play a gig. Anyway, Birmingham welcomed us early on Friday evening but it didn’t stop the hordes from making their way in which was great. Someone had deposited a fairly frightening pornographic magazine in our dressing room toilet and much hilarity followed with our crew cutting out their favourite shots from “40 and over” and sneaking it into the band’s bags, coat pockets, or putting it on a wall and drawing Vijay’s face on it. Don’t ask what the beard was…
I forgot to mention we got to see this awesome keyboard in Derby!
That blew our tiny minds for a long time. Plymouth Pavilions on Saturday was enormous…Look!!!
And the crowd was incredible! Additionally the other support band All the Young dedicated a song to us to say goodbye, what lovely chaps. We have had such a great response on this tour it’s been quite humbling. We sold 900 tour cds and vinyls which was pretty nuts, and we’ve been treated really well by all the crew, bands and venue staff. We even got Champagne from Kaiser Chiefs on the last date…
So to say we’re charmed is an understatement. I’m pretty sure we’ll return to all the places we’ve been fairly soon, most likely this year. So thanks to everyone who has come, we’ve got our own bit of touring starting this week which is proper good and what not…
Club Smith - Lee, Sam, Vijay, Neil
Kaiser Chiefs - Peanut, Ricky, Simon, Nick, Whitey
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…
Hey, been a while…why? Well there was a new version of the website thing I had to get and I had to upgrade some database thing and it took ages. God I’m so boring.
Anyway we had the best time supporting Shed Seven, it was a watershed (sorry) moment for us, due to them being from York as we originally are, and they also once coming third in Fibbers battle of the bands, as I once did, somehow it hasn’t held them back but I’m still bitter years on.
Here are some pictures from the night, Shed Seven were fine characters (some of the finest we’ve ever played with and a really nice crew too), they introduced themselves in our dressing room just as I was exiting the toilet which had no towels in, I had to dry my hands on the calf area of my jeans (my usual choice of jean area actually) before extending my hand. It was embarrassing, but I think we got over it as Rick Witter gave me an enormous hug after the gig. A really powerful one. I felt all the power of the 90s in his embrace and I shall cherish it.
Shed Seven performing Chasing rainbows. notice the rainbow...you see it? Oh you did...cool.
First two pics were by our buddy Helen, 3rd one by Vijay. Also if you know Shed Seven you may know they did a song called “She left me on Friday”. On Friday night onstage I said to the crowd “has anyone’s girlfriend left them today?” in reference to the song. It was a spectacular failure of a joke, and I was punished by complete indifference/bewilderment.
Hey, on 1st March we support this band at Fibbers, York:
Awesome man! They are wicked, and were on the BBC Sound of 2011 pole so the institution thinks they are wicked too. Sweet!
We’ve got some tickets to sell, if you buy them from us on the link below we’ll send them out free, and you won’t have a booking fee, so it’s a better deal then normal ticketing outlets…just come see us when we’re on at about 8pm!
The Sunshine Underground gigs were pretty smashing. But we don’t stop there…
Tomorrow we play The bizarrely named Northern Monkey, on the Headrow in Leeds. This is our last live gig of the year. We are on at 8.45pm and we’re supporting The Chapman Family…check out their video below…
YOU CAN GET IN FOR £5 INSTEAD OF £7 IF YOU SAY YOU’RE THERE TO SEE CLUB SMITH AT THE DOOR. EASY.