Yesterday – our “first official day on tour” day – was pretty chilled to be honest. We had to leave the House Of Pain at 4AM seeing as we were scheduled to be at soundcheck in Bloemfontein at around 5. Before we left Cape Town, however, we had to meet up with two fellow travelers Jared and KK who are going to be riding with us in convoy for most of the tour. They’re spending a month on the road, driving around experiencing what South African music has to offer and they thought our tour would be a nice addition to their vibe. GO TEAM! The long drive was long and hot and everything it usually is. Our car stinks already, but our spirits are high. We got to the venue – a great farm barn vibe just outside the city (check out the photos) , complete with couches, fires, walls made of empty beer bottles, joint smoking musos and, of course, a relatively decent stage… it seemed we’d arrived just in time! We had a little time to chill, eat, drink etc. but soon enough, soundcheck was on and we had work to do. The two opening bands were rad: solid blues rock with a serious serving of the funk in the form of Bad Feather; and the mad sonic dance that is the Frank Freeman Band. Eventually we got to the stage and despite having to cut our set a song or two short, we got most of the crowd on their feet and stomping away for the rest of the night. After the show we headed back to the Gerber estate (our home away from home in Bloem) and (for the first time after a Bloem show) had a shower and went straight to bed. We’re not getting old – we promise, Lord Gerber himself had an exam today so we had to keep it chilled . But yes – a great start to the tour and we’re amped as all fuck to get on with the rest of it. Jozi, prepare yourselves for an acoustic set at Wolves tonight! Yeeeeehaaaw!
- Ryk and Jon