These German kids have started their own Sunpilots tradition. Every time we play in their town they come dressed as bananas. There’s nothing like seeing giant fruit crowd surfing to get the adrenalin pumping. Why bananas? No idea but we dig it.
The fruit seems to be multiplying too. Last year there were a few; this year there was a whole bunch.
Hitting the road for Austria now. We’re playing in Vienna on Thursday.
Working on the light show for tonight’s gig in Geislingen, Germany. We don’t have a regular lighting guy so when get one, we go all out. Killer lights take progressive rock to a whole other level. Can’t wait till we can afford a full epic production on tour! Cue the giant floating animals & pyrotechnics…
Daniel (tonight’s lighting dude) is a fan we met at our first gig in Germany in 2010. He’s become one of our closest mates & does our lights whenever we’re in town.
Think we’ll be giving the kids the full ‘King of the Sugarcoated Tongues’ concept album experience tonight!
The awesome thing about touring small towns is getting to know fans personally. This is Niklas- he’s been coming to our gigs in a German town called Altdorf since 2012.
We had a few days off so we checked out a carnival called ‘Fastnacht’, which happens in the region every year. Ended up running into Niklas and bunch of other guys & girls who support us. Turned out we knew more locals than the people we were staying with!
And yes, he’s wearing a panda suit. It’s that kind of carnival.
It’s our drummer’s birthday! Happy birthday to the groove machine, Kay Ketting.
We’re staying with with friends in a little town near the Swiss border. It’s one of the most famous wine regions in Germany & they’ve been pouring us glasses of their best local produce all morning. Not a bad way to celebrate!
Some of our fans are coming to tomorrow’s gig “dressed as giant fruit” to party with us. Not sure what that means exactly, but they’re bringing schnapps so it sounds promising… We’ll definitely post some photos.
Yes, it’s great to be back in Deutschland.
3 Minutes to Midnight is the prologue to King of the Sugarcoated Tongues. The song was inspired by the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic representation of how close we are to destroying ourselves & this beautiful blue marble we live on.
The clock was created by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 1947 after the devastation of the first atomic bomb. The closest we’ve come to self-destruction (midnight) was during the Cold War when the US tested the first hydrogen bomb. That was 2 minutes to midnight… In 1991 the superpowers began dismantling their nuclear weapons & there was hope climate change would be taken seriously. The future looked bright. That was 17 minutes to midnight.
This month the scientists adjusted the clock again. We’re now at 3 minutes to midnight- the closest we’ve been to self-destruction since the Cold War.
King of the Sugarcoated Tongues is a post-apocalyptic story about what could happen if the world keeps spinning out of control. We’ll be explaining that story for the first time over the coming week. Our planet is on the verge of tearing itself apart & it’s time to intervene. Now.