Tuesday, 19 October 2010

European Tour Diary: Day 8 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark! Another first for us and me personally. I can’t wait to get there, even more so once Ben tells me that Biffy Clyro are playing a show at the same venueon the same night! They have a different room to us (obviously) but they are one of my favourite bands right now, and we’ve been fortunate enough to meet them a few times and hang for a while (they are possibly the nicest dudes ever) so it makes today even more exciting. We load in and make our way to the dressing room and once again fiddle with our laptops, doing a bit of demoing and putting some rough ideas down. I’m in the middle of a song that features the sound of John eating crisps in the background I will later discover. Interesting.

Tonight’s show is smaller, but a wicked one and I feel like we play it pretty much as well as we possibly can. Also, there is a group of people here that are actually fans of our band and give us some incredible presents of local foods, sweets etc. We are a lucky bunch of boys, and no there is no denying it, Anna and Karoline you guys are the best, thank you for our lovely present! And to our Swedish friends that have come to the past 3 or 4 shows and hung out with us, thank you so much. It means a lot to us. I can’t wait to come back again and spend more time with you all.

We rush to get all our stuff packed away and get a bit of Biffy Clyro in before the night ends. They are predictably good, and though Simon is sick, the songs still sound great, especially the material from the past 2 records, which I’m particularly a fan of. You just can’t argue with song writing of that quality. Simple as that. I really do feel Simon Neil’s pain though, even if nobody else notices much, not being able to perform as well as you know you can is infuriating, and when it’s because you’re sick there’s often nothing you can do about it. It’s like playing guitar with broken fingers, but as they say the show goes on so you just do what you can, and tonight they do that with skill. Good job gentlemen.

We leave and are taken to a Turkish restaurant by Emre (himself a turk) and we eat what might possibly be the best food ever. Fresh chicken shish kebabs cooked over hot stones, fresh hot wraps, delicious tsatziki and pitta etc. Literally incredible. We settle into our seats and begin the journey. Tonight is a long haul, 3 hours to the ferry that crosses from Denmark to our next destination: Germany! The ferry crossing is two hours long, and then another journey to the town of Rostock which is a midway point for us between Denmark and Berlin. The guys have slept in the van and on the ferry but I suck at sleeping so am pretty exhausted by the time we get into bed.


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