Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Europe Week One

Stockholm, Sweden 1/14/12I did a lot of thinking at this show. As I stood in the middle of a crowd made up of 2,000 screaming Swedish fans I thought back to the first show that the boys ever played six years ago on new years eve in David’s basement. I thought about the first tour in a van dubbed “brownstar” that had no seats and a wicked exhaust leak. I thought about me singing songs at shows because the clubs wouldn’t give drink tickets to non-band members. I thought about playing to three people in a bar in Alameda, California that had used sex toys in the vending machine. I thought about all the cat piss drenched couches, concrete floors and sidewalks we’ve slept on. The thousands of hours we’ve spent driving from one side of the U.S. to the other and joking about “when we go to Europe” never actually thinking it would happen. I though about how proud, excited and happy I was of the four boys on stage giving it everything they got and I started to tear up.
Then I thought maybe after twenty hours of travel, thirty hours without sleep and a couple beers is not the best time to be thinking about this.


Oslo, Norway 1/15/12
I tell ya, it going to be tough doing the blog on this tour for two reasons. 1) Who the fuck wants to sit on a computer for hours when you have shit like this to go look at:
And 2) The entire base of this blog is me making fun of the environment around me. In the U.S. it’s easy because, well, it’s the U.S., our idea of culture is reality TV shows about obese thirteen-year-old mothers who are proud to be both. Over here, you can’t walk a block without running into something that makes your jaw drop. Even the shitters require some sort of thought:
After a couple hours even my camera was like “Fuck you, this is the old country, I’m only shooting in black and white.”
Copenhagen, Denmark 1/16/12
If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that some of the worst ideas are also the best ideas. Take for example deciding to wonder the streets of a strange city at three AM after ingesting a few million beers. If we hadn’t done that we wouldn’t have gone to that crazy bar with the girls dancing on the tables. We probably wouldn’t have met the guy with the prison tattoos on his face who got madder and madder about the plot line of the movie Blow. Even though no one was talking about the movie with him. We wouldn’t have got to see the world’s biggest bong:
Or seen this awesomely misplaced signage:
Aarhus, Denmark 1/17/12
The flip side to the story above as that I also wouldn’t have woken up feeling like a garbage truck ran me over, backed up, dumped all the trash on to my face, the driver then got out, doused the mound with jet fuel, lit it on fire, ate some asparagus and tried to pee said fire out.

—Coyle

Tour To Live!

26 comments:

  1. OH HAI GAYS! We are waiting for you in Lisbon! \m/

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  2. If you came to Hamburg, I'd fill you up with beer or better because of your blog.

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  3. Pleased to know you're enjoying Europe! Hope to see you back in Denmark whenever you get the chance! I'm confident a whole lotta danes love you as much as I, Coyle!

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  4. Awesome reading, loved it!

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  5. Sounds like Denmark was an awesome experience for you! I hope we'll be seeing you again some time in the (near) future! :-)

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  6. Was really looking forward to seeing you guys and Mastodon in Glasgow in February, got my tickets and hotel to go with it but my Agoraphobia has beat me once again so I'm gonna miss out :(

    Hope you all have an amazing night in Glasgow!!!

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    1. You are going to love glasgow barrowlands, making a 300 mile round trip to see the show, see you guys at the front, brian,ryan,kris and vince

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  7. You guys fucking rule

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  8. I just discovered you guys and I am kicking myself that I didn't catch you before you left the states for Europe. I am looking forward to when you come back.

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  9. Did I mentally black out again or is this your first time out of the States with RF, Coyle?

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    1. Saturine: This is my first time to Europe with the dudes. Last time I wasn't there. One of two tours I haven't done.

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    2. Thought so! Glad you're with them this time. Can't miss out on the European crowds.

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  10. come back to norway!

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  11. Looking forward to see you guys in Lisbon next Sunday!
    \m/ ROCK ON! \m/

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  12. So what did you think about Sweden, hope you enjoyed it :)

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  13. Sorry, I forgot to tell you how awesome you were !!

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  14. Your show in Paris on the 20th of january was AWE-SOME!
    Also Kudos to the coolest and most down to earth guy taking care of a merch stand I have ever had to deal with!!!

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  15. where's the brussels crowd picture ? Is there a way I can get it ?

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  16. Great show in Lisbon yesterday! Hope to see you guys back to Lisbon soon!

    The long hair Ginginha guy :)

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  17. Great show in Brussels dudes, awesome, bought both records!! Hope to see you again reaaaal soon.

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  18. Welcome in good ol' Europa Guys! You're the most friendly band I've ever met after a show, last night in Zürich. Can't wait to see you when you will be back in Switzterland in april. You will prefer small clubs fulfill with pure fans :)

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  19. Found out about you guys serveral months ago. Finished school and moved to Wales for a job. See you're playing in the UK near me on the 17th, but on a Tuesday (Damn!). Hope you'll be in the UK again!

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  20. Great show in Brussels dudes, awesome, bought both records!! Hope to see you again reaaaal soon.
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