Black Mercies Tour Diary #3

By on Tuesday, 12th May 2009 at 2:19 pm

stor3Edinburgh, Scotland

Sneeky Pete’s

After a night of haunted revelry and under the table drinking in Ipswich we were ready to cram back into our rental van and head towards Scotland. While most here bristle at the 6 hour drive, honestly, it’s nothing compared to the west coast of the US. When we do a regional tour at home we string shows all the way down from Portland to Los Angeles or San Diego and then high tail it home in one day – usually a 12 to 13 hour proposition – so this stretch was definitely manageable.

Right out of the gate we blew a tire on the motorway and had pull off and fix the mess. . .a van full of gear, an incomplete set of fix it tools and whiskey, guinness & cider on the brain and thick in our bodies made it a bit dicey as cars screamed by us only inches away, but ingenuity prevailed and after a few bloody knuckles we were back on the road.

The day was as beautiful as it gets here this time of year. Quite like Portland, the weather – usually overcast and drizzly – blessed us with a surprisingly blue sky and a warm sun. We drove into the night and arrived in Edinburgh late evening.

We awoke to another massively beautiful day in Edinburgh. Our first stop was at 98.8 LeithFM for an on air interview and acoustic performance with DJ Kevin McHugh. We initially met Kevin in Los Angeles when we played the Knitting Factory our first time out. Kevin splits his time between LA and Edinburgh and is really a top rate fella. We had a blast talking music and enjoyed the decidedly non-corporate feel of the radio station. On to the club:

Sneeky Pete’s is a tiny venue in the middle of Cowgate Street where everything rock, punk and dance happens in Edinburgh. We had a great show and again were amazed by the genuine friendliness of the people and the other bands. First up was Eskimo Blonde – a true rock band – Kings of Leon clashing with Led Zeppelin over the last biscuit at a Kaiser Chiefs tea party – lovely fellas with whom we really got on well. After our set Cry Over Billionaires assaulted the room with a bombast that was truly fantastic – Built to Spill cum Ned’s Atomic Dustbin defiling Dinosaur Jr.’s gear. . .loved it all!

Drunk and disorderly we stumbled our way up to Edinburgh Castle at 1am. I was completely overtaken by the beauty of this city in general and the Castle in particular. . .history is nothing but a blip and a blurrrr in the states. . .

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