Exlovers Tour Diary – Part 3

By on Saturday, 21st February 2009 at 4:00 pm

We recently spoke to exlovers about their new single amongst other things. This month sees them tour the UK with Emmy The Great and who else but TGTF have been given exclusive access to the tour?? errr.. nobody that’s who. We follow exlovers in the form of a tour diary to see first hand the tour experience. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here, and part 4 will be along tomorrow.

Bath Chapel Arts – 06/02/09

Wake up in Cheltenham to a proper snowdrift. It covers absolutely everything and we’re kind of snowed in. Also our van has been very cleverly vandalised with graffiti, including such masterworks as ‘exlovers watch shopping channels’ and ‘exlovers play darts’. Emmy’s band are geniuses! We set off for bath and instantly come across a Narnia-esque winter wonderland. It looks amazing driving almost cross-country to Bath, with the whole countryside under deep snow and jealously watching kids sledging. Incredibly treacherous though. At points the road disappears and we can feel the van sliding around. Bit scary but we make it to lovely Bath intact, alive and looking forward to the show.

Brooke and Laurel hunt out veggie food while the rest get greasy fry ups and then arrive back at the venue to be told there is no sound proofing in the hall and so there are noise restrictions. This means we do have to cut out the louder songs, so we decide to end the set with Pete and Chris playing a couple of acoustic numbers. Fucking disaster! They’ve never played the songs together before and the guitar we borrowed from Euan is knackered! The input slips out and they have to stop and then restart the song again, which lasts about 20 seconds before it happens again. The set ends unceremoniously with the words “fuck it”, while Pete and Chris sheepishly slip away to a tremendous cheer from the coked up teens at the front! Really fucking funny for everyone involved. We get some fried chicken and head back to what must be the single nicest Travelodge in Britain.

exlovers starbucks

Reading South Street – 07/02/09

Waking up with a Chicken-hangover we set off towards Reading via the busiest Morrison’s in the world… ever! It’s like some kind of panicked feeding frenzy only without the actual eating. Not pleasant. We fill our faces with Hummus and Baguette, and we are on our way. After an uneventful drive we arrive in Reading where we find a nice Ethiopian bar/café and sit down to have beer and a hot chocolate for Laurel. (Thank you Joe from Young Husband for buying us starving waifs a beer). Later David, Johnny and Pete from Pete and the Pirates come down to see the show . Its ace to catch up because we haven’t seen them since we toured with them last November. Another sit down audience greet us as we start our show, luckily the pirates stand in front of them until they stand up. We’re slightly distracted by four dancing teens at the front jumping around like they’re at a Ska gig, especially amusing when they continue through ‘the ruins’ our quietest song. Drive back to London, beer, bed.

Watch this space, we’ll have the next installment from exlovers for you tomorrow….

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