Entries in the ascent of everest (37)
Here is the route we took on the tour that included nearly 8,000 km! Notice the bit of zig-zag-ing we did. Obviously some of the drives were BRUTALZZZ, however, we got to see plenty of beautiful country-side, big cities, small cities, Fargo-esque villages, stray dogs, and of course the sexy Alps! (*See previous posts for mountain n00ds!1!!11) Shows were played, fun was had, acquaintances were established, and The Ascent of Everest successfully toured "the shit out of" Europe! Congrats team.
rolling hills and quaint little towns germany is beautiful and surreal. even the evil looking factories in the industrial areas look picturesque and fantastic.
First day of tour and there are so many things to do! Early in the morning while Drew, Jean, and Shoe head to pick up the van from gent Casey and I head on a pilgrimage to purchase some cables and power adaptors that we left in new york.
functional french lesson for today for use in the tram around brussels: "PAR - DON, SEE VU PLAY" translated literally "excuse me, if you please" actually kind of comes off like "i'm pushing you out of my way (string of expletives) don't be angry about it". Upon mastering this expression i am no longer a "in the way foreigner" i am a "about town world traveler".
We have back line and the most beautiful bus ever, feeling very excited about spending the next couple weeks in it!
i really can't say enough great things about the show in gent, it was so good to see all our friends we made at dunk festival and hang out with them after the show. warm and fuzzy feelings all round
thanks lots to Thijs Desmet for making and sending us the link to the sketches he made of us at the show in gent. also a picture of the guy who was nice enough to sit on the case we had in front of the basedrum to keep it from walking away from jeff, thanks again! next time we need to make sure we rent a rug with the drum kit. see all the sketches here!
We're commending ourselves on the decision to arrive in brussels a few days early to shake the jet lag. When in New York I kept telling everyone to focus on the logistics of escaping from the city and we could sort the finer details of the european leg of our journey when we get there. I must say it there were allot more of those details then we anticipated with a few unforeseen complications thrown into the mix.
Due to my recent denial from entering Canada i wasn't allowed to take my connecting flight to Brussels so i had to fly back to NYC from montreal. I have to say the immigration officers were very kind and really did everything that they could to let me walk that short distance to the terminal but alas they "couldn't take that risk", that is the risk of the belgians not wanting me and sending me back to Canada where i am decidedly unwelcome (at least for the time being).
Meanwhile the rest of the AOE crew is staying with Jean in Brussels. Jean will be accompanying us for the tour doing sound as well as helping with the intense urban driving and intense french speaking. Jean's friend Jules an in house engineer at one of the finest studio's in Brussels and allowed us to stay in the band apartment of the studio which was a nice change of pace from crashing on floors and couches.
The next day i rejoin the crew very pleased to find that most all of our affairs are in order, the CD's came in from the UK and our backline and gear are ready to pick up. I try to soldier out the day but totally pass out on the couch before dinner.
Jules was nice enough to share some of the most formidable bottle of whiskey i've ever seen with the crew (as whiskey is not so much his thing and being from TN it is naturally ours). Photo session ensues unbeknownst to me.
guess who of these three is actually asleep
Ascent of Everest will be opening for Envy on the Esmerine tour on October 19 in St. Gallen, Switzerland.(excitement)
Here's the offical dates:
12 Belgium, Ghent @ Café Video
13 Germany, Stuttgart @ Zwölfzehn
14 Belgium, Arlon @ The Old Courthouse
15 Germany @ Wiesbaden @ Kulturpalast with Kokomo (GER)
16 Germany, Dresden @ Scheune Club
17 Germany, Oberhausen @ Druckluft
19 St. Gallen, Switzerland with ENVY (JAP)
20 Slovenia, Ljubljana @ Channel Zero
21 Austria, Innsbruck - Sunday Smile Festival @ PMK with Codes in the Clouds (UK), Rival Consoles (UK) and Audiocaeneat (GER)
22 Romania, Cluj-Napoca @ Days of No Light Festival II with Blueneck, Rosa Park, Downfall of Gaia
23 Romania, Bucharest @ Control Club
24 Serbia, Belgrade @ KC Grad
25 Austria, Linz @ Kapu
26 Germany, Offenbach am Main @ Hafen 2
so we crossed thru the gigantic mountainous game reserve that is northern Pennsylvania in an epic 11 hour long haul from detroit and i'm happy to say the silver fox is holding up like a champ. Honestly some of my best tour memories are here in the allentown\easton\bethlehem area and hanging with aaron, sarah, and company feels like coming home after a long while and being shock at all the time that has passed since then. totally TCBin it up with drew and the coffee shop today and planning our final moves before we get out of the country. We're with all you at the occupy wallstreet protests but if you could do us a favor and not shut down the airport because we really really have to make our flight to belgium. thanks!
our last (fun) night in detroit: kenny and jeff cast an evil spell on corey in some bizarre dark ritual... and the result:
transformation into super willie nelson with kitten spawning powers!
So we are gearing up for a sweet show with heavy hitters Parlour in their hometown, @Zanzabar. We already helped ourselves to some great grub and are hearing Parlour soundcheck. Show starts at 930 and we play at 10:15. Parlour at 11:30. Come get down.