The Hot Toddies Tour Diary #1

By on Tuesday, 7th April 2009 at 7:11 pm

Hot Toddies (side)The Hot Toddies here, writing from our hotel in Portsmouth. Sylvia is dancing in her purple tights while we’re listening to the Dodos and feeling a little delirious from the jet lag and general sleep deprivation.  So far, we are still in love with each other, just really tired.

We flew in to Heathrow Thursday afternoon and found our driver Max about to be carted away by the police and the tour van about to be towed as well. Luckily the officers were easily persuaded by our delicate charm to let us leave with the van and we escaped with only a £40 parking ticket.

We drove straight to Brighton where we picked up our tour buddies, Foxes!, some tall cans of Stella, and headed to the Reverb radio studio for a quick interview before the show. We spilled beer on the floor of the studio. The DJ was very forgiving.

In Brighton, we played at the Latest Bar. We had a really nice crowd and even managed to get some people out of their chairs and dancing by the end of the show. What’s up with chairs at a rock show, by the way?? We finally felt awake by the end of the show and partied into the early morning hours – playing guitar and drinking Jameson in a park with a tunnel that apparently inspired Lewis Carroll’s the rabbit hole from Alice in Wonderland.

Friday was a slow start. Us girls did not want to wake up and Foxes! were still packing up a lot of last minute pieces of equipment. After a lot of traffic we rolled into London around 5pm and sound checked at the Lexington. The staff there were all super nice and hooked us up with a bottle of vodka, whiskey, and a case of 1664 backstage. The stage was awesome, great sound and a great crowd on a Friday night. We had a blast. Afterwards we took the party back to “Party Alex’s” house and got really drunk and met some really cool people.

Another night of crashing on the cold hard floor left us extra weary yesterday but as night approached we felt ourselves coming back to life… slowly.  Portsmouth is a really cute town. The venue promoters were really hospitable. We met several groups of American sailors that had just arrived after 7 months at sea. After the show, we went down to the beach and drank wine and sang songs by the water.

Tonight we’ll be at the Phoenix in Exeter playing with Art Brut! More on that later…

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