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Tour Diary: Hot Toddies #4

 
By on Friday, 17th April 2009 at 4:00 pm
 

Catch the first part of the The Hot Toddies’ Tour Diary here, the second part here and the third part here.

At this point in the tour, our sleep deprived, whiskey addled brains must be forgiven for forgetting any important details. Preston was a blast – we played at a venue called the Mad Ferret. Yet another great show! The singer of the Fifty 50’s graciously hosted all nine of us in his house and it was probably the first night of the whole trip that we all had a bed, couch or air mattress to sleep on. Hurray! In the morning we headed down to Oxford. It was the longest drive of the trip. We saw a lot of cows, sheep, roundabouts and experienced the nice clean rest stops provided in the UK. In the US we usually have the pleasure of stopping at dirty gas stations with nasty bathrooms and buying Cheetos and Coke for lunch but the UK has it done up right with super clean bathrooms, hot soup and fresh sandwiches. Wimpy’s burgers and fries did leave a bit to be desired however…

Oxford was another rockin’ good time. Lots of smiling faces, dancing, and drinking. We headed back to Max’s house after the show and stayed up playing games. The next day we drove to Peterborough and played our last show of the tour at an awesome venue called the Met Lounge. Unfortunately the sound went a bit wonky on stage during out set but everyone in the audience said it was fine so that was good. We did an interview for Radio Nowhere which will be up next Monday so you can check that out too. Another highlight was getting to see our old friend Gurps who came down from Nottingham for the show. Gurps used to be the tour manager for some of our friends Link 80 and RxBandits when they toured the UK. He knows everything about being on the road and managed to score us an impressive 90 beers for 25 pounds from the venue as we were leaving. Obviously, we had another party that night.

Hot Toddies (Oxford)

The Hot Toddies and Foxes! were pretty severely bonded at this point so instead of heading to London for our night off as planned, we went back to Brighton and spent one last evening kicking it with our new buddies. We’re already plotting to get them out to the US this September for our “California Dreamin’ Tour”! Stay tuned for details on that. Overall, we really have to say this tour was amazing. People kept asking if there were any bad shows, and the answer was honestly no! Just can’t wait to do it again… sigh. Over and out, Toddies.

 

Tour Diary: Hot Toddies #3

 
By on Wednesday, 15th April 2009 at 4:00 pm
 

Catch the first part of the The Hot Toddies’ Tour Diary here, and the second part here.

Fuck yeah, Liverpool! One the most lively crowds we have encountered. We were surprised to be greeted by Abraham Lincoln, Bono, and a plethora of sexy secretaries. The theme of the show was “politics” in honor of a friend’s birthday. We were excited to play with the host bands, Hilary & the Democrats and Town Bike, both incredibly fun and high energy, we couldn’t ask for more!

It was incredible to have the whole crowd singing and dancing along to our set. Foxes! were dancing up a storm and falling all over themselves. When the set was done, a chant began…”MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC!” and we had no idea what to do. Apparently, the crowd was demanding an encore, and we had no clue what to play. Sooooo . . . we rocked on with “Please, please me” by the Beatles, slightly scared that it might no go over so well. We were wrong! The conga line started and everyone was screaming along. We felt like true rockstars and can now claim that we played the fuckin’ Beatles in Liverpool!

Hot Toddies (Open Mic shot)

After the show was done, we were escorted to a pub that happened to be having an open mic night. There was a dude playing Tom Petty covers that we felt needed to take a break. Jessica and Heidi requested that we play a song the end the night, so a large portion of “The Fox Toddies” took stage and sang a guilty pleasure that we had been enjoying in the van since we arrived in England. Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” was the perfect song to end the night. Half of us were singing, the other half just drinking and enjoying ourselves on stage. The rest of the pub was yelling right along. Who knew that we all remembered the words to that song?!

We took the party to Jim’s house, where we spent the rest of the night singing and drinking Jameson (not a huge surprise). Around 3 PM the next day, the Toddies were all showers and finally ready to take the daylight hours. We hit up a few awesome vintage stores before getting on the road to Preston.

Hot Toddies (Preston)

 

The Hot Toddies Tour Diary #2

 
By on Sunday, 12th April 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

Catch the first part of the The Hot Toddies’ Tour Diary here.

Hot Toddies in ExeterIt was a sunny day when we arrived in Exeter – puffy white clouds and daffodils everywhere! We got to our venue the Phoenix and were welcomed by Jo, the promoter of the show and our biggest fan in Exeter. The venue was an arts and cultural center with paintings on display and one of the most impressive stages we’ve ever performed on.

The sound was amazing and the crowd was very excited –  a great combination for a very fun show. With an entire bottle of Southern Comfort fueling us, the night was off to a great start.  Art Brut headlined the show, and we rocked out to their high-energy set.

Hot Toddies (max)Afterward, Foxes!, Hot Toddies, and Art Brut plus some friends ended up closing down a pub before jumping into a couple of cabs and heading to Bishops Court where we resided for the evening. We just started calling it a castle because it was so huge and old (see photo #1). First we played some organ in the chapel (yes, chapel) and then spent the rest of the night playing songs and chatting in the library. Our hosts Jo and Pixie were fantastic. Their parents are both architects and had a really cool mix of modern and antique art and furniture throughout the castle.  We had two bedrooms all to ourselves and the most gigantic bathrooms we’ve ever seen. The next morning we didn’t want to leave! It felt like being princesses for a day and was a totally unforgettable experience. Uh-mazing.

Then we were off to Bristol! The bar we played at was cool, it had the best wallpaper ever. We also got home-cooked lentil curry and free margaritas from the owner. The stage was upstairs in a room that looked kind of like a large living room so the show was intimate and almost felt like a house party actually. Lots of dancing and friendly fans – it turned out to be one of the best sounding shows so far.  Our driver Max (see photo #2) was not in any position to drive, so Sylvia had to take the wheel – a bit scary! All 9 of us stayed with some very hospitable friends of Foxes! and squeezed in the living room for a giant slumber party. Before bed, we had a big sing along in the kitchen and came up with an idea for a group song “That’s How I Like It!”. In case you’re wondering, we like it sweet and strong.

 

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…

 

The Hot Toddies / April 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 11th March 2009 at 3:42 pm
 

thehottoddieshttttAll girl indie outfit The Hot Toddies are set for their debut tour of the UK next month playing at some of the finest music venues about. Check them out when they hit your town/city/shithole..

Tuesday 2nd April 2009 – Brighton Latest Bar (formerly Joogleberry)
Wednesday 3rd April 2009 –London The Lexington – White Light
Thursday 4th April 2009 –Portsmouth Edge of the Wedge – Wedgewood Rooms
Friday 5th April 2009 –Exeter The Phoenix
Saturday 6th April 2009 –Bristol Mother’s Ruin
Sunday 7th April 2009 – Liverpool Bar Fresa
Monday 8th April 2009 –Preston Mad Ferret – HED
Tuesday 9th April 2009 – Oxford The Cellar

 
 
 

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