Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Toulouse to Lyon > Sonic: Pics

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(Headaches still plague Herr Schmidt...)



(Intrigue between stops... Click above for a larger version of the image.)







(The newest porcine pair of Shave 666 members. Balazs monitors transmissions from Euro-Sty HQ... Click above for a larger version of the image.)














Objets Trouvés...

A quick update from a cramped hotel off the city center in Lyon...

After Madrid, a long drive to the Basque region for a gig in Getaria, near San Sebastian. Performed at Gaztetxe, more a indie-punk venue than a hotspot for whatever-the-hell-it-is we do; most of the attendees seemed a little perplexed, but everyone was hospitable, so the tension between comprehensibility and naive assurance fueled the effort. Crying children sounded like adult hyenas...

From Getaria to Toulouse. Dennis and Sickboy dropped us off near the centre-ville while they drove the ailing Kangoo slowly back to Belgium. Bon chance, mes amis! We shall see Jurgen again in Paris...

Had a great afternoon in the city - definitely the most lovely day of the tour, in a city populated by streams of beautiful women. Although we were nasty and unkempt, we felt like superstars... Amazing gig at Lieu-Commun, perhaps the best of the tour. Large crowd, wholly empathetic. We nailed them to the gallery walls... A full-on promotion assault yielded exceptional results; by far the most professional team with whom we've worked. (Sincere thanks to Romain and everyone at the complex...)









From Toulouse by train to Lyon. A seven-hour trek stretched to eight-and-a-half by agonizing delays; Gaybomb looked faint as we inched into the station...

Another great trio gig at Sonic, a refurbished tug docked quayside on the Saône. Fantastic audience, smaller than the horde who gathered for us in Toulouse but no less enthusiastic. We played for an hour, as we embraced new narrative opportunities bequeathed us in the wake of Sickboy's unfortunate but necessary departure. On "Mothers Over Silverpoint" we collaborated with Canadian/French duo .cut; lovely gents. Also reintroduced to Marie Claire, the Lyon-based performance artist with whom we shared a bill at the now-dessicated Pez-Ner venue. She danced her brains out, then told us of recent works and a certain repositioning of the tricolor...

Met Manu from Savage Land! He set up a stall at Sonic and of course we spoke late into the evening. He is with us now at the hotel; what he has done for Nandor Nevai in particular must not be underestimated. A sterling fellow...

We leave in five for the train station and our three-day adventure in Switzerland. Oops - the taxi is here!

More Soon,

Tom