Getting up in Philly is nice. I slept on a big and comfortable couch and while entering the kitchen we meet Lora, who’s preparing us a breakfast with scrambled eggs and veggy burgers. Lora is getting herself ready for work and so we prep ourselves for another big trip, which will bring us to Providence in Rhode Island. Down in the Eris Temple store I decide I should buy some records… that I’ll carry around for the rest of the tour in a slightly unhandy manner… We say goodbye and head, once again, for route 95.
Another nice drive that takes us through New York’s city center (which is quite impressive and takes less time than expected) and a long way along the coastline. In Providence we meet up with our friend Cybele (aka Blue Shift) and while driving to her house, we bump into three Scottish lads in a humongous high-tech car. None less then the guys from Usurper and Nackt Insecten! Great to meet them here and to share the bill later on. We update each other on our touring experiences and are impressed by Malcy’s spider bite. At some point Ruaraidh tries to make me believe that the doors of their car are voice-controlled… but I’m not buying it: it’s not that high-tech. We shortly head into town to get some beers and when we return Cybele has made us a nice dinner and the fest is slowly starting to begin. 7 acts are playing tonight. That includes a.o. Maths Balance Volumes (2 guys from Minnesota rolling tobacco out of cans…) and Weyes Bluth (who I happened to see play a great set in Amsterdam, about a year ago). Another nice bunch of people to hang out with and we see some nice performances along the way. Wouter gets himself into drunk-mode, which is always funny: he becomes even more talkative then he already is 🙂
The next morning he has a bit of a hangover… but we got a good recommendation from the Minnesotans on a $2 breakfast place, where they also serve a specialty called the “Mexican Hangover Omelet”… so no worries for Wouter! We ended up there with the Scots, the Minnesotans and Natalie from Weyes Bluhd. Breakfast was great and shortly we were heading for Boston, together with the Scots (who would share the bill once again with us, tonight). After a relatively short drive of about an hour we arrive in Boston and visit a record shop run by a friend of our Scottish buddies. While they are having an improv jam together we are checking our emails, making plans for next trips and scan through the immensely diverse collection of cd’s and lp’s. I find an album that has been on my wish-list for a while: the summer-of-love-era masterpiece “Forever Changes” by Love. So I’m already content today.
Later on it’s time to head for the venue, while in the meantime we also meet up with Greg Kelley who will perform with Usurper tonight. At the Piano Factory we meet Ricardo, our host, load in our stuff and check out the venue. After some damn fine pizza the first act starts: Nackt Insecten. Loud. Very loud. And thanks to some open windows, all of a sudden a cop is walking around in the audience. Luckily he’s in a mild mood and leaves after the windows are closed. Next up is Steve Pyne. I hear some sounds that remind me of my own sets and am surprised when Steve throws his guitar into the room. Out of discontent we find out later… The Usurper w/ Guest Beers set is amazing and after them it is our turn to complete the night. Turns out that we’re playing more Preliminary Saturation sets this tour than we initially expected. The PA is good and after a slow build up we finish off with a blast. We end the night at Greg’s place with beer and black metal. We sleep at Ricardo’s place, who incidentally delivered us the best slang-line of the tour: “bust a u-ey”. Try to figure out what that means… the right answer will get you a free cd!
Weekdays means that people have to get to work the next morning. So we thank and say goodbye to Ricardo and head into town for breakfast and the first laundry session of the tour. Yesterday we said goodbye to the Scots who will be heading for Lowell today. Our destination: Portland, ME.