4 cities in 4 days. Easy. I've toured for weeks before, four days is nothing, yo!
5 days later - i was ruined, but it was worth it.
I met the band Sylvia over in Dusseldorf on the first night (they drove, I flew. I don't ask for much but driving through 5 countries with three lads and all their gear is not on the list) where they played better than I've ever heard before. And then the bass player got kidnapped by a german blues band fronted by the re-incarnation of Bach, and I met an illegal cat who's owner tried to sell me bootleg underwear. True story.
This was Sylvia's first musical steps out into europe and you know what, i needed the kick in the nuts to realise how amazing touring can be, through the eyes of a baby band (nb Sylvia already have an amazing album, a bunch of dirty remixes and a new single under their belts - not exactly baby, but for the purposes of the expereince, let's call them baby band. And I like saying baby band).
Everything was beautiful to them - the places, the buildings, the people, the music, the lifestyle. This was, quite possibly, enhanced by how often we found ourselves in Amsterdam but for me the high point of the week was in a service station, 11am, by the german border.
"That ceiling - it's just so beautiful" said the bass player
It takes a very open spirit to find beauty in the ceiling of a autobahn service station. They even threw around the idea of opening a restaurant in the UK, based on the food we were eating at this very same service station.
I don't think I'm the most complain-y, moany moaner in the world, but I have been known to stamp my feet on occasion. From now on I'm going to try and be as positive as a man who finds beauty in a ceiling. Of a service station. Get it on a wristband - "what would the bassist from sylvia do?"
Oh, and sylvia's single "Wolvey, Ansty" is out Dec 1st on Regent STreet Records. Ask them after a gig where THAT title comes from - you won't regret it!