Drove here after our gig in Germany on Thursday. Four years on & it still blows our mind when we cross borders without being stopped or asked for passports. The EU is an amazing thing for a band living on the road.
The German show was in a small village on the French border. A smoky little bar with slot machines & old dudes who smelled like cigars... When you get to a gig like that you know it's gonna go 1 of 2 ways: it'll either be pumping because it's the only thing happening in town, or it'll be like playing at your granfather's bridge club.
Luckily it was packed out & went off. A bunch of kids from the surrounding towns turned up too. Killer night! Been working on a lot of management stuff atm so it was f#%king great to rock out again.
Currently enjoying some red wine in the French town of Belfort...
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.