Thursday, January 26, 2006

And so the Love Substitutes' first and probably last incident-that-might-vaguely-be-described-as-resembling-a-tour came and went in a flurry of nervous-flyer's-liquid-sedative-of-choice and mucho sitting in a car.

Some observations:

1.Touring is exhausting, whether it be for two months or two days.
2.Onstage communication between band members disintegrates the moment a performance becomes part of a tour.
3.I miss Glasgow.
4.I don't miss London.
5.London's cultural and spiritual life would be instantly and greatly enhanced if the tube trains continued to operate through the night.
6.There are not many (or possibly any) constructive ways to deal with lack of sleep.
7.There are many destructive ways to deal with lack of sleep.
8.Trees in Northern England look like German tourists that have been hexed by a witch.

I'm sure it's useful to take the occasional tiny glimpse into life as it used to be (and how it still could have been) for just a couple of days, if only to remind oneself why one now avoids such stuff. So much distressing faffing about just to deliver two hours of music. Three days of distressing faffing, to be precise. Which is enough. It just doesn't balance out.
Proper touring won't get a look in again. Although teensy micro-tours like this one just might, if the price is right. I think we'll come back to Glasgow again later in the year. (Maybe I should discuss this with the others).

I also think I prefer it our usual way - play somewhere in Belgium or Holland and then drive home to bed. You know it makes sense. And if we stick to the Low Countries I won't piss my dad off by not inviting him to the gig (I'm sorry, I just can't play with my Dad in the room).

Anyhow - London was OK, the songs weren't great but the improvs were interesting in a disjointed, non-communicative way. 50% of the punters left half way through so they could get the last tube home (see observation 5, above). This was, initially, slightly alarming. But we understood later.

Glasgow was a hoot. Stereo's a very cosy venue and the audience were warm and supportive. (And seeing as most of them were my friends it would have been pretty bogus if they hadn't been. Warm and supportive, that is.) Elko did an heroic job with the sound too.

More observations:

It's funny how influences creep into one's music without one being aware of it. Two after-show comments from friends in Glasgow:
1.That our music is reminiscent of Brian Eno's Another Green World and
2.that our music is reminiscent of Can

I wouldn't have thought either of those things, but Another Green World and Can's Tago Mago are the two records I was listening obsessively to round about the time we started The Love Substitutes.

What goes around comes around, I suppose.

OK, news:
1. Tom at Lowlands has asked, nay ordered us to have the new album mastered by mid-February so he can release it mid-March. Both of these things will certainly happen.
2. I met Christian Pierre at a little reception at EMI this evening and he informs me the Deus tour schedule is more or less completely in place until the end of May. He'll furnish me with full details tomorrow. This is good news for us because I'll know precisely when Mauro is available for the next four months and can therefore get on with the business of booking shows. If you want us, you know what to do.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Wednesday 4th January we finally mixed a Mauro-sung acoustic song called Novelty Size that's been in progress for longer than anyone thought possible. We also made a few cunning edits and manipulations and this beast is almost complete.

Saturday Rudy and I threw a couple of vocal ideas at one last remaining acoustic piece, but I'm not convinced and reckon that'll require another afternoon. Afterwards we headed to the new Wonderbar for a short but very well recieved set at Alison and Martin's Wedding Party. And a top wheeze was had by all. Favourite moment - their entry. They hadn't even noticed we were in the room when we started up Summer of Mars - their faces were priceless.

Congratulations...