Today (November 4th) it’s Election Day in the US and one of the first results came from a tiny tiny place called Dixville Notch in New Hampshire. My first thought: “Hey, New Hampshire! Been there!” I heard on the radio that Obama won Dixville Notch with 15 votes to 6. A good start in a swing state?
Portsmouth is the place where we would be heading for in New Hampshire, on October 17th. Driving down South on route 95 again, which became a familiar highway to us on this tour. Apart from the landscape you also start to discover other details that tell you something about this country. For instance, the license plates on the cars here are connected to the state where they’re from. A funny snippet of content that they are carrying besides the license number is a kind of motto or nickname that represents that particular state. Plates from New York sport the line “The Empire State”, Maine “Vacationland” and Delaware “The First State”. North Caroline plates say “First in Flight” (which isn’t entirely true, as we’ve heard), but New Hampshire definitely carries the most impressive line of them all: “Live Free or Die”. Fucking hilarious, although a bit dodgy. I instantly decide I have to get me a T-Shirt with that line on it… I guess I’m just that kind of guy.
We’re playing at the ellO gallery tonight and once again we find the venue very swiftly, thanks to Google maps and Wouter’s navigational skills. John and John are our hosts for tonight. One of the Johns is also known as Massaccesi (if you can say cappuccino then you know the deal) and has one of the most distinctive expressions of laughter I’ve ever came across! They decorated the gallery with “Hup Holland Hup” flags and are screening street scenes from Den Haag. John has a thing for the Netherlands, it turns out… We head in town for dinner. “Anything but pizza!” Wouter displays his disaffection for this part of the Italian cuisine, so we decide to get some good ol’ American flatbread. Well, that’s what we thought at least… flatbread just turns out to be another name for pizza, in this area. Wouter is slightly irritated and defeated by this conspiracy.
When we regain our powers we head back to the ellO gallery. People are turning up, fine beers are passed on and eventually we have a decent audience to present our sounds. Only us solo and Wouter starts his set with some stand-up comedy that goes down well with the spectators. His set is good; especially the first half has some nice transitions shifting from the lower into the higher frequency spectrum. I end the night in a state of total ease and it feels like my best set of the tour. Content we move the scene to another house party and eventually end up at John and John’s house, where we lay our happy heads to rest.