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.
This is Tamara. Kay threw his drumsticks into the audience last night & she caught ‘em. Problem was, I called it one song too early so he needed them back. She pushed her way to the front of the crowd (not easy at a festival) & saved the day. These guys had been waiting 2 years to see us live & demonstrated some excellent stickering skills too.
So… why did we only have one pair of drumsticks? Here are the bizarre series of fails we had this weekend:
- Kay put his cymbal & drumstick bag on top of the car after our Munich show on Friday. We drove off without them. He may or may not have been intoxicated when he did it.
- Adil broke a string in the most epic part of his bass solo last night.
- We couldn’t start the tour van after last night’s show because we left the lights on.
- Using google maps to walk to the hotel is great if you’ve got reception. If not, you end up on a 2 hour scenic tour at 3 in the morning.
You can’t help but laugh. The shows were great & the crowds were rockin’. An awesome & very memorable weekend.