Black Mercies Tour Diary #6

By on Friday, 15th May 2009 at 2:00 pm

hope-london-venueIslington, UK

The Hope and Anchor


what a blast! a tremendous end to our first ever UK tour. lots of history bleeding from the walls in this basement venue. very typical UK pub style: the drink is the focus and the stage is located in some distant antechamber, complete with treacherous stairs for your drunken loading pleasure and destroyed toilets for you to hover over while you try to work out the road cloggies.

first up was bye bye johnny – two parts the Jam, two parts Madness and one heaping hunk of mystery meat. . .bouncy, ballsy and beatific.

storm-o-face4 bands on this stage and in this room made things a little claustro-cozy. . .but once BBJ had cleared the stage we hit it with as much fever as we could. . .a wonderful crowd bobbing up and down and lo and behold even some people singing the lyrics to our songs! ! !?? ? ? i was amazed, a twitter, agog and afire! ooh the alliteration abounds. . .ok – too much.

next came medicine show who’s name is absolutely indicative of their music. . .a sort of tribal and tongues blues catharsis channeling the punk side of the pogues.

lastly and by no means leastly – a newly reformed Git who poured mood into pint glasses and rocked an ambient poetry swill that made me feel a little better for never having the opportunity to see joy division. . .perhaps a convenient comparison but no less apt. . .Git are kind and brave fellas who take chances.

the tour over, we spilled out into the london streets and searched for something to do. . .all the chip shops closed. . .bells having rung last call. . .Pizza Kebab anyone? ? ?


all that’s left is stumble back to our hotel and drink our last pounds and pence away then to bed for an early rise. we return our rental gear and shout obscenities at our disembodied Tom Tom navigator nagging us to take the next left when we can only go right!

the flight home:

3 movies –

Control (joy division coincidence?), Slumdog Millionaire and Frost/Nixon. . .top rate one and all.

the most excessive and fear inspiring turbulence i have ever experienced threatening to drop me to my death in the atlantic ocean. . .many prayers to all gods of benevolence and finally a safe landing back in Seattle. . .

in a few days we will be heading out for a small NW jaunt with LA band the colour turning. . .fine chaps, top notch music. . .definitely worth checking out.

big american hi 5’s to the UK! we will be back soon.

Black Mercies


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