We broke our 2015 busking cherry today!
Started raining after 6 songs so we didn’t get to play long. But it felt AWESOME to finally take our “band” sound to the street. A lot of our tunes don’t work on acoustic guitar & pulling out the electric changed all that. Incredible vibe from the crowd too. Busking has always been fun but this is the first time I’ve loved it. Because today was the first time it really felt like us.
The cops were pretty cool too. You’re not supposed to sell stuff in the park without a license. A policewoman saw our CD sign, turned it over with a little “I’m gonna pretend I didn’t see that” smile, rocked out to a song & kept walking.
Packing up now. Then it’s beer time.
Berlin friends! We’re playing in Mauerpark tomorrow (Sunday) at 1pm.
Bob’s bought a little guitar amp for street gigs, so you’ll finally hear those sexy guitar solos in their full electric glory.
Photo: Chris Mangler
Had the first rehearsal with our new bass dude last night. Excited about the chemistry in this new lineup & where our sound is headed for the new album!
But right now we’re getting Stefan up to speed on the songs from KOTST & Living Receiver. It takes time to re-learn the band’s body language with a new member. Once that’s second nature a band goes from just being “tight” to becoming a single creature that moves, breathes & feels together. That’s when the real magic happens.
Doing a festival in Germany next week & we’ve gotta start busking ASAP to cover this month’s rent. Feels a bit like cramming for exams atm!
#300NightsInBerlin #Day9 #FirstRehearsal #NewLineup
Our new bass player Stefan arrived in Berlin last night (on his birthday!). Feels great to have a full lineup again. Been jamming without bass for the last few months & it hasn’t been the same.
Stefan’s current facial expression is somewhere between “I’m pumped!!” & “What the f$&k have I done?”. He’s quit his job in Vienna, left his home & family and moved in with a bunch of evil Australian dudes that he met at a 3 hour audition last year.
Poor kid. We took turns force-feeding him beer as his birthday present. He seemed pretty happy by the end of the night.
LADIES & GENTS… OUR 5 YEAR WORLD TOUR IS OVER! And what a ride it’s been.
When we sold our things & left Australia in 2010 we had no idea what we were in for. I still remember our first day like it was yesterday… We turned up jetlagged & clueless in Berlin with nothing but our suitcases, instruments & enough savings to last a year.
The last 5 years have been the most exhilarating, challenging & rewarding experience of our lives. We shared an apartment for a while, ran out of cash & decided to live on the road instead of quit. And that’s when the real adventure began.
We’ve played in a ruined castle, crossed the Swiss Alps & drank beer at a Belgian monastery. We’ve marched against Nazis, toured Route 66 & driven through Scottish blizzards. We’ve ended up in secret underground bikie clubs, played at Morgan Freeman’s blues bar & spent 3 nights in a Polish jail (well, to be fair that was just me…). So many crazy adventures.
Don’t get me wrong- being nomads isn’t all fun & games. Not seeing family & friends for years at a time is heartbreaking. Relationships? Forget it. And while sleeping on air mattresses is fun for a while, doing it alongside 3 sweaty dudes every night ain’t pretty.
But it was all worth it for one reason- you guys. You opened your homes to us & gave us places to crash (every night!). You taught us how to deep fry an entire turkey & make moonshine. You cooked us amazing meals & gave us the local experience in every country we toured. Our fans have become our best friends & I don’t know any other band that can say that.
5 years ago no-one even knew who The Sunpilots were. I’m incredibly proud of the people we’ve grown into, our amazing fans & what we’ve achieved together since then. A whole new chapter is about to begin for us & we can’t wait to share it with you.
Peace & love,