Well we finished off a rather jam packed three days. It feels like it was just yesterday but it's already a week ago today, that we were gearing up to play Bohemia in one very intense heatwave. W sold out all the pre-sale tickets sold out and only had very few left on the door. We had a total beaut on sound for us, named Dustin. As if Andrea, the lead singer of Cypress, needed any help sounding amazing, she blew everyone away. Lisette was every bit as enchanting on stage as she had been in studio with Rhea March the week before. Cypress got the better deal, as it just kept growing hotter and hotter the later it got. Poor Lisette was dying under her abundance of hair. I finally learned what it feels like to try o play your guitar while you're dripping sweat too...complete with beads running down my forehead. We covered a song called Fitzcarraldo by one of my favourite Dublin bands, The Frames. Only after we began our song did I realise my guitar cable was wrapped tight around my mic stand, tethering me to one spot, unable to flail as I had planned to.....well, really a mild sway, who am I kidding?!
Everyone was really supportive of my new merch idea - my commissions box. Instead of buying branded clothing, you can commission me to write you a song and even include some inspirational words you'd like to see included. I'm excited to present this to the crowds in the U.K and Ireland next week. This saves me getting merch made that you may only wear the once, was made using the cheapest (and most heavily pesticide treaded, non-fair traded) cotton and probably made overseas t-shirts AND it gets you involved in my writing process :) I'm taking all the commissions and sitting down and writing another huge amount of work when I get home from tour. I promise to have them all written by Christmas and am already planning an online concert to showcase all the songs that have been commissioned in the month of December, so keep an eye out for tickets to that, no matter where in the world you are!
On Friday we actually succeeded in squishing the entire band plus all the gear (bar one bass cab and kick drum) into my car to drive down to Calgary for the next show. It was squashed, but it still worked...Mark and J could still manage to fall asleep!
The Rec Room Deerfoot was killer, with some beautiful lighting and a lovely audience. I'm so thankful for J. Dirom Photographywho came out to capture some amazing photos of us....see more in the gallery! I had a video crew at Bohemia and the Rec Room, so I'm looking forward to taking look at that footage when I get back from tour . The should make for some sharp looking highlight reels. Also...Super Nintendo in the green room??? Amazing! Mark's leather trousers went down a storm all weekend...even once we hit the boxing ring on Saturday night.
We were invited to celebrate the birthday of founder and co-owner of Olympus Boxing Club for our last show in Calgary. Once we were all set up and soundchecked, all we had to do was chill out and wait for everyone to arrive...
But NOT before we hoovered the dust from the ring and were serenaded by Alex's impression of Freddy Mercury from their video for I Want To Break Free, complete with hoover in hand!
We played our full original set for everyone and even got everyone up on the stage in a procession to give Angelo a big birthday hug and kiss while he sat in the ring, front and centre with us. We came back on to do one final song - a surprise Eye Of The Tiger followed by Happy Birthday, which a ginormous cake with candles was brought in. I doubt I'll ever get to play another gig from the centre of a boxing ring. I highly recommend it, though. I couldn't stop leaning and swaying against the ropes as I spoke to the audience between songs. I really jus wanted to take a run at them and do a WWF spring jump from them into the drum kit int he middle of the ring! Missed the chance.....