now with added clicky links! see you soon, Europaland
10th April : La Graviere, Geneva,
11th April : Az, Aachen
12th April : La Taverne du Theatre, La Louviere
15th April : Potrva, Prague
17th April : Klub, Zagreb
18th April : Klub, Rijeka
19th April : La Svolta II, Milan
20th April : Molotov, Marseille
This is kinda dumb but my heart crackedva little tonight. I’ve been selling merch for 5 S*****s of S****r and A** T*** L**. I mean, they’re practically the same band; and each show has been surrounded by 1000s of kids hanging round the venues all day like a displaced emo tribe. Every now and then I’ll pop out for a smoke and idk if it’s the front fringes or the overdrinking or the general mass sense of excitement, but I always feel more of an affinty with the crowd than the venue staff I end up talking to. Venues hate shows like these cos they’re super hectic and long, they’ll grumble about crowd control and pre-drunks causing hassle, and, when I can be bothered, I have an almost stock response; that I’m honest jealous of them; I wish the bands I loved were popular enough to cause spontaneous street parties every day, instead of the standard 8pm trickle into a darkened venue with no budget for laser lights
Sure, these bands are just kids tv presenters with guitars, and they’re selling record amounts of merch cos the lil emos are happy to believe they have a better bond, that these dudes empathise in a way that less eyelinery and tattooed bands don’t. That showbiz con is the literal opposite of punk rock values. The kids on the streets and around the buses tho, these gangs that pop out of the internet for a day to celebrate, street drinking and making friends with their shared soundtrack, that’s pure tru punx. I wish our bands had that power, I wish our gangs were that big. It doesn’t matter if their idols are false when their community is so real.
SO Anyway, tonight I was saying this to a showsec doorman, and he was like, - nah mate, this is just a teenage girl thing innit. And the hired goon was right; there are popular bands, and then there are popular with teenage girl bands. I asked him why, and he said that it’s probably cos they’re too stupid to know better. Y’know, cos it’s a con, right? Just a different fresh paint scheme for the same grinding mundane industry, with a set demographic too inexperienced to know they’re not special. They still think the bands are regular approachable normal humans. They’re naive enough to invoke proud tribal significance in the branded merchandise they buy. They obsess, they collect, they still believe that there’s hope in pop soHOLY SHIT THAT’S US. Whatever spark that is, that fierce individuality that isn’t really individuality at all but a collective, a clique open to anyone with the same taste. That singing along because the words mean something more than just karaoke. Guys, that’s totally us and you. And it’s not stupidity, it’s empathy. That we havn’t had knocked out of us yet.
This is obviously why Warped Tour still havn’t got in touch with us. We’d slay those fuckers. Our own UK tour starts Thursday, click up there to see dates. Feel free to turn up whenever..