Kaiser Chiefs Tour Diary Final leg – Birmingham and Plymouth

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!

The Wasp

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

Kaiser Chiefs tour diary part 2 – Guildford and Derby plus London

 

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…

I really liked the first 6 sheds, however…

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.

Manchester Gig with Shed Seven

Hey, decent news what what. We’re doing a gig supporting Shed Seven in Manchester!

York’s favourite sons selected us to do the Academy with them on Friday 9th December…the bad news, it’s already sold out! But enjoy this video below…

This is a bit of a treat for us, we’re all fans of the band and with our York heritage it’s really awesome to be involved in their tour.  Pinch yourself moment…

Club Smith to Support Kaiser Chiefs on Tour

Great news, we’re going on tour with Kaiser Chiefs in 2012…these are the dates we are doing…

27 Jan 2012 – Cymru Arena, Llandudno

28 Jan 2012 – Hexagon, Reading

29 Jan 2012  - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

31 Jan 2012 - G Live, Guildford

2 Feb 2012 – Assembly Rooms, Derby

3 Feb 2012 – O2 Academy, Birmingham

4 Feb 2012 – Pavilions, Plymouth

Some tickets still left for some gigs…you can get there from HERE

Pretty sweet eh?

Club Smith on tour with Pigeon Detectives

OK, so we’ve just been announced as first on support band for Leeds boys the Pigeon Detectives.

This is mega exciting, hold up it starts next week! Eeek!

Here are the dates:

Tues 29th March: Glasgow ABC

Sat 2nd April: Birmingham HMV Institute

Sun 3rd April: Oxford O2 Academy

Mon 4th April: Norwich UEA

Tues 5th April: Cambridge Junction

Fri 8th April: Bournemouth Old Fire Station

Sat 9th April: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

Sun 10th April: Bristol Trinity

Mon 11th April: Coventry Kasbah

 

You can get tickets from the links on the right hand side of this page (scroll down a little perhaps).

 

 

Here is the Pigeon Detectives’ latest single:

Next gig – cheaper tickets – supporting the naked and famous

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!

BUY:   http://clubsmith.bigcartel.com/product/ticket-to-club-smith-first-on-supporting-the-naked-and-famous

This Sunday – The Chapman Family – Cheap Entry

YOOOOOOOOOO

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.