Five years and four releases into our career as a band I think there was an unspoken agreement that if we didn’t start making some tangible progress we would have to rethink some of our big life decisions.
This tour more than delivered. In fact there were a few moments where I actually wondered if I’d been dreaming too small all this time.
I feel a little guilty that this blog did not afford the same attention to the UK dates as it did the continental ones. This is not due to any favouritism, rather that when in the the UK I tend to be juggling many roles in between gigs whereas abroad (deprived of an affordable phone line and internet connection for much of the time) I am more attuned to the business at hand, indeed it is an immersive experience with few equivalents.
Up and down England and Scotland the shows were a joy, all well-attended and some sold out. Plus it was our first experience of people knowing the words in places we’d never been - surely nothing in the world can be more gratifying to a songwriter!
And it was the same in Germany and in Austria and in Switzerland! People requesting obscure numbers from our back catalog and singing along to my ridiculous lyrics. Some had traveled hours to see us, even from neighbouring countries absent from our itinerary.
I admit now that the prospect of this second tour on the continent had filled me with a certain nervousness, like a difficult second album or much-trumped sequel. My suspicion was that it would not live up to the expectations garnered from our last euro tour, that there would be no sense of progress or, worse still, a feeling of going backwards. I had worried that such a disappointment would undermine band morale and lead eventually to a downward spiral in creativity and general output. But it was all glorious and we are all eager to return at the soonest possibility. I waited a week before penning this recap in order to get a sense of perspective on the whole thing (naturally I am somewhat distrustful of euphoria in the transmitting of clear facts) but I am still reeling from it all, drunk on the jouissance of our wonderful expedition.
Never before has there been such a palpable sense that we’re on the right track. I’d like to take this opportunity to say that the band and I are immensely grateful to all those who have helped us arrive at this point in our career. We have no outside financial backing, no marketing campaign, barely any radio support outside of Manchester and have never made a dent on the national press. Our success thus far is all down to word of mouth, which means it’s all down to you.
Sincerely, thank you.
LB & TB6
(photos taken by Kirsty after show in Switzerland)