america, mericaa, mericaaa
Wednesday, 8th October 2008
alright, or what?
I'm in Brazil (1st time, very excited) after just finishing the fee fie foe fum tour with laura marling (and her band) and mumford and sons through the states and finishing with 2 shows in Canada. It was a truly beautiful experience. we were 14 (1 girl. lady) on a bus with a southern driver named Scott. Scott was our hero, and he took us from boston to seattle via new york, Philadelphia, Washington dc, Baltimore, Chicago, Minneapolis, omaha, denver, through the rockies to LA via las vegas and the nevada, utah and californian deserts for 2 days (think mars), San Francisco, through the redwood forests of north california to portland. then seattle. (which sort of felt familiar at this amber time of year, as we were there in 2007 to record our album) then we flew (tired as hell-boy 2) to montreal to play in a masonic temple (don't ask, i'll just show you a couple of pictures) and finished in toronto. i've been reading levon helm's biography (kindly lent by pete roe from laura's band) and was pretty chuffed to see a few of the places mentioned, and imagine the america that was in his stories when i wasn't staring at it from the window of the bus. i also watched stuff like the presidential debates and the economic meltdown with some keen interest. but more often than not i was consumed with the people i was with. our stalwart crew were chris pollard (tour manager and old friend) sam flynn (roadie, nephew and general favourite) and joel gregg (tattoed and seasoned sound technician). and scott..... we in the bands were blessed by the general smooth running of events and patience of those who endured us. i really felt pretty lucky to be anything to do with it.
i flew to sao paulo with chris last night after an hilarious occasion at niagara falls which involved us being detained at the U.S border and thinking we were gonna miss our visas and flights south.... we made it and and and we made it, thank god. bloody borders. i thought we were gonna get shot.
so now i'm here with the young knives for 3 shows in Brazil, Chile and Argentina laid on by the british council. and it's a long way from canada. and even further from home. i'm going to try and put some pictures up of the tour but if i don't manage it, it's cos i've fallen asleep. and what do you do in a place like sao paulo anyway?? i need to get off the computer and be brave about this situation. in the mean time here's a link to some pictures someone took when we were in seattle. love from here to there and wherever. johnny http://looseluggage.com/luggage/?p=693