Tour Blog #15: Brighton – Waves

IMG_0606Today is the final day of the tour. We are joined by Dan, an old housemate and band mate. The four of us have had an amazing day out in Brighton. We are sitting in a pub called the Prince George. I’m hooked up to The Cloud so I can actually upload this post immediately after it’s been written for a change. I think we can all agree that we don’t really want to go, and it’s not because we don’t want the tour to end. It’s simply because this place is so great. I described it as paradise earlier, and I don’t think I was far off the mark.

As for yesterday. The show at Gigalum Bar in Clapham was pretty average. The crowd was okay, but it wasn’t really the right kind of place for Andy’s brand of music. It was still cool to pass through London though, mostly because we got to stay in Uxbridge with Dan. We had a great catch up and watched movies, viral videos and UFC into the early hours. His house mates were all really great guys too. The hospitality we have been shown on this tour has been incredible and restored my faith in humanity a bit. Yesterday was no different.

IMG_0607When we got to Brighton today, we parked the car and headed off around the town. Every building looks different. It’s such a colourful, beautiful place. That’s just the shops and the stalls. I absolutely have to come back here in the summer for a few days with a few hundred pounds to spare. 3 amazing shirts for £8 – what the fuck!? It’s literally like heaven. When we got out onto the sea front, it was too much. The water, the rocks, the skies. You could easily sit out on the beach for hours and hours getting lost in it’s beauty.

We decided to record a couple of music videos down there near the pier. We got some pretty cool material and had a great time doing it. It’s been really cool last night and today getting the band back together, so to speak, hanging out like old times. The only difference is we aren’t underneath a smoggy sky in a concrete jungle, but breathing in pure air and taking in fascinating and spectacular imagery. So much graffiti, so many crazy fashion trends and a lot of happiness.

Brighton is such a creative and positive place, and this is the impression I’ve got from being here for about four hours. I really, really NEED to come back here this summer. I can’t speak highly enough of the place. Passing through London was cool, but I’ve been there a million times and never felt as fascinated and inspired as I have at times here in Brighton. Tomorrow I will post a final update about tonight’s show at the Pull and Pump, the journey back and what it’s like to be back in our natural habitat

It’s almost over. It’s been a hell of a ride. Thanks for reading.

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Tour Blog #14: London – Clapham Common

IMG_0593I’m riding shotgun in the Fiesta on the M4 into London. I just uploaded yesterday’s blog from Bristol outside a service station using their lightning fast internet. That was written in the early hours of this morning. Some interesting stuff has happened since then, and more importantly, because of one particular thing we did, I have a lot of photos I want to share on the blog. This will be one of the final posts of the tour. After tonight’s show in Clapham, we are going to stay In Uxbridge. Then tomorrow it’s the final date in Brighton. We don’t know whether we will be staying overnight and then coming back Thursday or coming back straight from the show. The person we were supposed to stay with is in France apparently, so that’s thrown a bit of a spanner into the works. No such problems tonight though. We are looking forward to tonight.

Now, on to today. We woke up at a pretty respectable time. Well, it was still morning for a change. I can’t say that sleeping on the floor did my bones any good. They are ageing as it is. After shaking off the aches, we decided to head to Clifton to see the awe inspiring suspension bridge. I’m so glad we did. We are almost in London now with two hours to spare, so it was totally worth the hour or so to go and see it. I took some photos and we had a little smoke up there with James, the guy we stayed with yesterday. Once again, we stayed with someone we had never met, and yet again, he was extremely cool, laid back and fun to be around. We have made so many new friends on this tour. I think that has been the best part of it.

IMG_0588Last night’s show was my personal favourite so far. It was a simply unreal experience. Hanging out with James into the early hours was really fun. Seeing the Clifton Suspension Bridge was humbling. Driving around Stokes Croft taking photos of all the graffiti – Banksy and otherwise – was exhilarating. Now we are driving into Central London ready to embark on one of the last legs of our journey. It’s sad to see it coming to an end. I’m looking forward to being home and things being back to normal, but I know after a few days I’ll be wishing I was back on the road.

Please check back tomorrow to see how things go on the last day of the Brains For Breakfast ‘Work.Rest.Play’ tour. I’ll also be filling you in on how we get on at the London show tonight. Thanks for supporting the music, the label, and this blog with your eyes. Keep reading, and please feel free to comment, question or anything.

Peace!

Tour Blog #13: Bristol – Folk Club

IMG_0582This should have been posted yesterday (Monday) but sadly that wasn’t possible. It should be up tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) hopefully. It’s coming up to 2am now. I’m watching RAW on the 3G of my iPhone, because I can’t access Wi-Fi here. I’m lying on the floor on top of a sleeping bed and my trust knitted throw. This will be my bed tonight. I’m about to tuck into a hash brown, and then I’m gonna have a fat smoke. I’m all set to settle down and catch the rest of the wrestling.

Today has been pretty awesome. We’ve all really enjoyed Bristol, day and night. We had a great time at The Shed in Leicester last night catching up with everyone at the show. Then it was back to stay with my old housemate Rich. We watched 12 Rounds on Film 4, and then hit the hay to get ready for the epic journey ahead of us today. We needed the sleep for the drive. We woke up and headed straight to the venue: The Nova Scotia Folk Club. With hours to spare before the show, we went for a couple of good walks and took in a lot of the local area.

I noticed a few things about Bristol. There is a whole lot of graffiti all over the place, and a lot of it is really brilliant. You can’t go three seconds without seeing a jogger or a cyclist. There are awesome boats everywhere. I got some food from a Chinese takeaway/Fish and chip shop (something I didn’t know existed) We then headed back to the venue and got seated for what was to be one of the most interesting shows of the tour by far.

IMG_0577The Nova Scotia Folk Club is an excellent community of people who get together at Nova Scotia Hotel for an open mic night upstairs. There are no speakers, no microphones. It’s completely acoustic. Musicians, poets and storytellers are welcome, and all featured in tonight’s event. We saw some of the most fascinating people perform, and met some generous and respectful people. If you’re going to check out the Tour Video when it comes out on YouTube in the hopefully not so distant future, look out for this segment because we will be including some of these performances on there.

We then had a bit of a nightmare trying to get from A to B. This is why the post has been delayed and why I’m writing it now in the early hours of the morning. We left the venue at 11pm and between finding the guys place, parking and walking there with all our stuff, it took us until about 1.15am to actually get there. By the time I was connected and ready to chill, it was 1.30. Oh well, at least I’ve managed to type this bad boy up and I’ll upload it when we get to London tomorrow. If I can’t find Wi-Fi on every corner there, our country really is decades behind Asia.

There will be more to come tomorrow. Only two days left. We are off to Clapham Common in London tomorrow. It should be good to be back in the capital and catch up with an old friend/housemate Dan. We are staying with him in Uxbridge, Middlesex which is a very affluent area by all accounts. Hopefully this means some comfortable conditions. Be sure to check back and follow the blog.

Thanks for all the support!

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Tour Blog #12: Leicester – Meeting New People

IMG_0554I’d like to offer my apologies for the short and probably incoherent drunk update from yesterday. I am currently at The Shed in Leicester and we are all set for a pretty epic show tonight. The Beautiful Word are playing, who we met when they played the first show of the tour in Manchester on April 3rd. James Dalby is also playing. We shared a smoke with him after the show he and Andy both played in Nottingham on April 11th. The Beautiful Word are a pretty interesting folk group, definitely worth checking out. James is an acoustic singer-songwriter who recently got 1,000,000 views on YouTube for his cover of ‘Ignition’ by R Kelly. He even appeared in the Daily Mail and on CBS America. It’s gonna be really cool to catch up with these guys.

Last night was very interesting. I was pretty wasted when we arrived at Jess’ but after that I started to sober up rapidly and the night went pretty downhill. We went to a couple of awesome bars: Firebug and The Basement, but none of our hearts were in it. We were all tired from the tour and ready for bed, but we ended up all staying out til the not so early hours. Eventually, we all got about four hours sleep in very comfortable conditions, thanks to our amazing host. The morning was slightly weird though because Jess was at a friend’s, and her new housemate locked us and a random drunk stranger he had brought back in her room, where we had slept. She wasn’t too pleased when she came back and the whole weird experience but a bit of a dampener on the whole evening and morning.

Eventually we left and headed to the venue. We caught City v Chelsea on my phone in the car and in the chippy. I was chuffed to see that we have now reached the FA Cup final once again. Good times! We got here, took a seat and now I’m writing this blog. Rich has come down to join us, and we are expecting a few other people to pop in and check it out. We are very optimistic about tonight’s show. I just hope we can sell some merchandise because we are all very broke at this point. We need that bit of extra to help so hopefully we can get some donations. It’s sure to be a good night either way. We have a good group of our friends coming to hang out, and with so many great acts, the place should fill up quite a lot before start time.

We are staying with Rich tonight and that should involve smoking lots of the beautiful plant and watching wrestling for hours. I am very happy to know that this is how the night will end after the show tonight, after the horrors of unpredictability yesterday. We need to leave fairly early tomorrow afternoon to make the long drive to Bristol, so an earlier, quieter night is most definitely in store. I’ll be through with an update tomorrow!

Peace! Also, sorry if the image quality is as poor as it looks on my laptop right now. Had some technical difficulties!

Tour Blog #11: Birmingham – Driving Under Influence

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I’m sitting in the back of the car next to my lovely girlfriend. I am pretty wasted. Yes, this is my first drunk post of the tour, I think. We have just left the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham. Tonight’s show was peculiar. The room was packed for all the artists but the crowd didn’t pay a whole lot of attention. Nonetheless, the petrol fund received some more sizeable donations.

We had a good time passing through our hometown, or at least the next best thing. We saw some good friends and family members, and had lots of drinks. We have hit the road to head straight for Leicester to go out and party, with our one night tour groupie Grace.

Andy is looking forward to starting the drinking. The rest of us are all on our way. It’s been a good day and evening back in the West Midlands, but we are all happy to be heading back out further afield to see new things and meet new people.

We are on the guest list for Mosh so we are either going there or a place called Basement until the early hours. Then it’s the show at The Shed tomorrow which should be a great one. My old and close friend Rich is coming to take us out on the town afterwards and we are looking forward to that. I’ve never been to Leicester, but now I have a couple of nights to get to know it. I can’t wait.

For a drunk person on an iPhone in a moving car, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of this post. I’ll be through tomorrow with another update. I’ve almost hit 1,000 views which is pretty amazing. I reached 100 US views earlier. Again, thanks so much for checking out this site and showing support to what I’m doing. Whether it be the music stuff or the wrestling, I love writing and it means a lot to know that some of you guys from all over the world are reading.

For now, peace, thanks and come again!

Tour Blog #10: Worcester – Stuffed

IMG_0545So the show at Alley Café was a success and we met a few cool people. I met James Dalby, the YouTube sensation who was featured on CBS America for his acoustic cover of Ignition by R Kelly. He was one of the other artists playing and turned out to be a really cool guy. We are hoping to get him down to play and stay at ours for a big baking session sometime. The guys who ran the café were so sound and even gave us £20 towards our petrol fund. Two of the guys there last night were also from Walsall originally. What a small world! We seem to encounter some Walsall people most places we go. The atmosphere was so good there. We all had a really awesome time and then went on for one quick drink at the Pit and Pendulum, which was a cool place. On the whole, the night was a big success on all fronts.

I continued my tradition of falling asleep to the Randy Orton v Sheamus match from Monday Night Raw and woke up desperate to spread the Fandango news even more. Today I’ve already had fifteen views more than my previous daily record, and it’s only 7.30pm. This has a lot to do with my Fandango post I think, or maybe some of you guys are actually following this tour blog. If so, leave a comment and have a chat! I spent the whole morning and afternoon online either laughing at Fandango related memes, or watching Wrestlemania highlights. I didn’t go and take photos of the lambs sadly. Maybe I’ll get a chance another time to see some adorable lambs again and photograph them. We did however; go to the campus canteen where I had epic fish and chips. I need to stop eating so much. I’ve already added chicken and chips to that within four hours of eating it. I think I’ve put on at least a stone, I feel like a stuffed pig. I need to clean up my act when I get home.

I’m currently sitting on a very plush sofa writing this blog on Word. I’m hoping to get some Wi-Fi soon and upload it with a couple of pictures. Andy is doing a little sound check at the moment and besides a few other musicians, nobody is here yet. It’s the perfect time for me to write this so I don’t look so antisocial later. Apparently Joe has to run the sound for the night this evening, which we weren’t aware of before. I hope we get some kind of money out of this, but we’ll have to see.

Worcester looks pretty standard. The venue we are at – The Firefly – is pretty cool though. It has very nice décor, cool little corner next to the bar for the artist and sound engineer, and an even a pretty amazing smoking balcony and garden. I can’t complain about the place. I just hope the night goes to plan for time so we don’t have to hit the road for Birmingham too late. It’s not far but I wanna get back there as early as possible tonight. But yeah, just arrived in Worcester and besides the venue and Asda I can’t really say a lot about it. I won’t be seeing a lot of it later either, so it’s just one of those also-ran cities on the tour sadly.

IMG_0546I hope the show goes well, and we could do with making a fair bit of money for the tour. Hopefully Andy’s family will be generous as they are coming tonight. Mine and Joe’s are both coming to the Birmingham show tomorrow too, so we are hoping this weekend can be the time to raise the money to pay for the travel for the rest of the dates. Fingers crossed. I’ll be sure to update tomorrow when I get the chance, to let everyone know how we got on tonight, but if you’re reading this and you’re local, come on down tonight to The Firefly in Worcester or tomorrow at The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham.

For now, peace and thanks to everyone who is viewing these things on a regular basis. I’ve almost got a thousand views and I really appreciate the interest and support.

Tour Blog #9: Nottingham – Flock Of Sheep

IMG_0529So, this will be a pretty short one as I don’t have too much to report. The last couple of days have been fairly quiet. I’ve been falling asleep a lot. I think I’m becoming fatigued or something, but nonetheless, I will persevere. I’m sitting at another makeshift merch stand in a very cute little place called Alley Cafe in Nottingham. It’s just around the corner from the main centre with the fountain. It’s a vegan/vegetarian place that sells the amazing Staropramen. I even got a free pint, so I’m happy with that. It’s a small, quaint place but it has a great character. It’s decorated in old wood and greenery, with wine bottles shelved above the bar. A great place for acoustic music with a great atmosphere.

It’s very different to The Hop in Sheffield, but great for different reasons. The show last night was pretty cool, but my personal highlight came afterwards. I had the best meal I’ve had since we left home nine days ago: an epic cod and chips. It was so good that I’m considering revising the Steel City solely to get another one. I then fell asleep for practically the whole ride home in my back seat bed made up of sleeping bags, throws and pillows. When I woke, we were arriving at Faye’s again for another stop over in Nottingham.

Faye lives at the Brackenhurst Campus of Nottingham Trent University. It’s out in the middle of nowhere, just like my uni campus was. It’s a million times nicer though. After we had woke up this morning, and had an actual shower for the first time in four days, we decided to go and make the most of our surroundings. We shot a really awesome video of Andy playing one of his earliest songs ‘Flock of Sheep’ with a backdrop of… you guessed it, sheep. There were also some adorable little lambs in the field. I’m planning on heading back down to the field tomorrow morning to get some close up shots of them again.

We then went and trekked through the woods, saw an awesome tree house, swung from the trees like Tarzan, jumped over some brooks and saw some pretty beautiful, amazing scenery. The whole area is pretty stunning, and fascinating. Being out in the middle of nowhere must have it’s downsides, but it definitely has it’s upsides. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to go and explore a little bit. We are staying over again today after the show, and hopefully we can go and have another look tomorrow, and maybe shoot another video.

IMG_0535Well for now, we have the first artist on in the Alley Cafe as I type. Andy will be going on last and then we are off to finally see Brewdog and maybe a few other bars. I’ve started on my free beer and I plan on having a few more and partying on. Hopefully we can sell a tiny bit of merch tonight to help out. Tomorrow it’s off to Worcester, before we get our one night stop off at home. I’ve loved being on the road for so long, but I can’t lie, I’m looking forward to getting the one night back in my own bed, and finally seeing my girlfriend again. Then it’s the Birmingham show at Sunflower Lounge on Saturday, and then straight to Leicester to get wasted! One more sleep, before we temporarily go home.

I’ll be through with another update tomorrow of course! Keep checking in to see what Brains For Breakfast and the rest of us are up to travelling the nation. Search online in all the usual places to check my boy out. Like and follow my blog. We all really appreciate the support.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to check back tomorrow!

Peace and Love.