Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Monday, 21 February 2011
Friday, 11 February 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen..
Been a few days since the last blog, it’s difficult to pick up the net for long enough on the road sometimes..
Our next gig since we left you, and the naked man last after Club Zwölfzehn, Stuttgart was at the Weekender Club, Innsbruck.
We had a day off before the gig in Innsbruck so we took a leisurely loaf around the old town and took in the beautiful scenery including the famous ski jump, which we sadly didn’t have time to have a go on ourselves..
Being abroad we decided to do the typical English thing and go for a curry that night.. (sorry Innsbruck) the curry was actually pretty good.. Later that evening we caught up on much needed sleep after an instalment of Jurassic Park and several bottles of ‘Easy Rider’ beer, because as it quotes on the bottle ‘life is tough enough’..
The night of the gig was great! The venue was full of students who came to watch us and dance the night away to Philip’s expert djing skills (of course we joined them til the early hours..) After the superb gig, we were invited to play an encore and finished the night off with ‘Subside’ to a great reception, then to join the party on the dance floor. Thanks to Erwin, Andy, Mike and the rest of the crew at the Weekender Club.
..Oh yeah, after flicking through the local magazine ‘Innsbruck Informiert’, backstage, we stumbled across a half page photograph and write up of ourselves.. but sadly we have not yet learnt to read German.. so hope it was good guys..!
After a seriously late night in Innsbruck, the next morn was a seriously early start to make it to our live session and interview with Austria’s FM4 radio. Post long drive, several coffees and a spot of medicinal hangover vomit we arrived fresh as a daisy to FM4’s head quarters. The live session went really well and we had a good chat and interview.. We recorded ‘Reflection’, ‘Subside’ and ‘First Hand’ acoustically.. Link to the interview coming soon.. stay tuned..! Big thanks to Susie, Eva, Florian and Willi who made our visit rather enjoyable indeed..
No sooner had we taken our headphones off in the live booth and finished our mediocre canteen baghettes (not complaining as they were gratis..!), we were back in the bus and on the road to Vienna’s Rhiz club.
Sat Nav’s are a fantastic invention and a sound investment, but sometimes they fail and you have to walk the streets.. alone.. searching for the venue and finally giving up flying solo, you take a deep breath and unsubtly slip into a rather suspect Viennese sex shop.. and leaving your dignity at the door.. you ask for directions to the venue.. Obviously, like in Britain’s comedy series ‘Bottom’, I was in said erotic emporium purely in interest of science…
For those unfamiliar with UK’s TV series 'Bottom'..
Upon our arrival to Vienna’s, Rhiz club after several more embarrassing attempts at directions, we set up for sound check.. If you haven’t been, the Rhiz club is a little reminiscent of the Cavern Club in Liverpool, UK.. minus the Beatles of course.. The gig went real well, was real intimate and was good to see old friend and now local Vienna boy Rob.. The gig was actually filmed by one of the attendees..
Check out some of the live videos of the gig on you tube thanks to ‘frautralala’.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18F_BqgIcK4
Apart from the dodgy characters hanging around the toilets, we enjoyed our time at the Rhiz club and shared some of our thoughts on with Kat, from Frock’n’Roll..
Have a listen to the interview on SoundCloud..
(note: recorded outside.. in the cold..)
That night we stayed in the biggest apartment I think we have ever seen.,. set in what seemed like Vienna’s ‘Vegas’ quarter, complete with a theme park.. which again, we had no time to have a go on.. Thanks to Stefy for letting us stay.. your flat has the largest shower that actually looks like a Roman Bath..
Falling asleep whilst driving and preparing yet another sandwich of rye brot and all the cheeses we were head banging in the tour bus to Bowie’s Sound and Vision on our way to Nürnberg’s, MUZclub.. We liked this venue lots.. backstage it’s like Grandma’s front room and the food is like her’s too..! Fantastic.. Thanks to everyone who came to this show, it was brilliant.. We played our full set and still were asked for an encore so Adam played a solo of ‘No Love Here’ (an unfinished song), which went down superbly.. We will be back Nürnberg.. we share the love..
Our next show is in Berlin, at Levee Club Friday 11th February and it’s the official E.p1 launch party.. come down and party with us.. we can’t wait to play ex Bang Bang Club again.. it’s been too long..
…also.. check out our blog in German on Motor.de.. complete with the Alan Partridge link..
P.s.. here is a picture of the naked Stuttgart man for your enjoyment..
Monday, 7 February 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thomas & Red Drapes x
Friday, 14 January 2011
|Click on the poster to enlarge.|
We are having a release show party on the night of 11.02.2011 at Levee (ex Bang Bang Club).
The same day we will be releasing our Ep.1 on Humming Records, distributed by Rough Trade. There will be 200 strictly limited edition copies and handmade by us for sale on the night, so come and get one before they sell out.
We very much look forward to playing, meeting people, so come out and party with us.
Monday, 6 December 2010
Red Drapes Live // LIDO Berlin 'Nov 2010' Karrera Klub from Red Drapes on Vimeo.
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
We have recently arrived back in old blighty after our first German tour supporting Humming Records label mates Flashguns. We had an amazing time and here's a little about our magical German mystery tour..
We set off from home in our shiny new hired bus and on to Dover to ride the under sea train to Calais..
First stop was Hazelwood Studios, Frankfurt. A beautiful warehouse building housing our makeshift beds in the office for the night.. amazing place as it was, but distinctly lacking in food stuffs so it was a quick dash back in the van to get to the Übermäßig Markt to pick up some smelly cheese and crusty bread before it closed.. not forgetting the fantastically cheap good German beer!.. then back to the studio, cheese and crisp sandwiches, beer, cards and indoor bicycle riding.
On the morn, after little sleep we set off to the first date in at Klub Drushba, Halle. Nice little venue reminiscent of our old haunt in Southampton 'Lennons'.. the place was rammed, our set went well and we had a great time.. we watched Flashguns from the Dj booth through the thick haze of cigarette smoke then one of us had to stop drinking to get our van back to where we were kipping for the night.. That night and the next morning was a bit of a blur of pet frogs, chat roulette piano man and bratwurst.
The countryside on the way to Lido, Berlin is beautiful.. the wind turbines silently dance on the hills as the sun goes down and our heads are full of anticipation for the biggest gig of the tour.. We pull in to the outskirts of Berlin excited, and some of us wearing burger king crowns..
Lido is a beautiful venue, an old cinema if you've never been, big stage and red drapes either side of the stage.. We had a fantastic time playing for Kerrera Klub's Interpol aftershow party that night, great crowd for both bands and it was great to exercise our sound at a bigger venue.. the night was a blast. After the gig, we jumped on the U-Bahn to the Interpol after party at Cookies as they were playing Tempodrom.. the party was crazy, it went on past 6am and was like the underground vampire disco scene in Blade.. but without Wesley Snipes.
Our day off the following morning in Berlin saw a leisurely stroll around the flea market at Mauerpark while our feet slowly turned numb and our hands developed frost bite.. That evening falafel, beer, table football and cigarettes.. still can't quite get used to people smoking indoors. Several large continental lagers and a little shopper bike later, it's 5am and we are outside Mega Grill.
The harsh light of day brought us back in the van to the Prinzenbar, Hamburg.. A quick stop off at Jörg's farm to pick up some diesel, meet the cows and drink the best damn coffee in Germany..! then we are weaving down country lanes and through quaint villages towards our final date of the tour. Prinzenbar is a pretty and romantic venue with different levels, red drapes and decorated with stone cherubs, chandeliers and grape vines.. some would say reminiscent of the Aztec zone of Crystal Maze..
Hamburg was a great night, our gig was really enjoyable and the night out drinking after was ace.. The road in the red light district where women aren't allowed was worth seeing and the bar after played some good tunes but the bloody mary shots weren't such a good idea.. back to the artist's flat above Prinzenbar for a private party of endless songs and banging of feet (sorry neighbour below)..
After a hilarious sleepless night and with awful hangovers, we begin our long drive back to the Eurotunnel frequenting roadside service delights along the way.. Fuck the Autobahn at night in the rain! It. Is. Crazy.
We knew our journey back would be somewhat lengthy, we did not however, anticipate a 5 hour long stay at the Eurotunnel terminal departure lounge in Calais, awaiting the release of our detained bass player in passport control.. sinking countless cheap, foul vending machine coffees in an effort to stay awake for the drive on home turf and deliriously transfixed by the crazy bubblegum machine in the children's area, we are eventually called up to the tunnel.. back as a four piece, we enter the undersea train once again.
6am, Asda carpark, Folkstone, -1 degrees, stolen sandwich, sick and a stray cat.. Home then sleep.
Thank you to Flashguns for having us, Colin, Jörg, Peter & Vivien at Humming Records for making it possible and Carsten at Hazelwood Touring for organising it all.
See you in February 2011 Germany.. x
Humming Records - Berlin