Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Cardiff, Wales

Just woke up in Cardiff. The show here last night was lackluster...but i really like Cardiff and i did find a second hand bookstore and aquired....

The Complete Richard Allen Volume 1: Skinhead, Suedehead, Skinhead Escapes.
(I've been looking for this book for sooooo long...only cost me 4 pounds)

Dylan Thomas: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog
(Chronicles the famous poets boyhood in Wales before moving to London)

George Orwell: Down and Out in Paris and London

Jean Paul Sartre: Nausea

To bring us briefly up to date:
Played the Matrix in Bochum, Germany with Blacklisted, Donnybrook and Terror and stayed after the show for the Gothic Disco. This is some serious shit, folks...we're talking about rubber, vinyl, leather, gas masks, fishnet shirts, girls dressed as boys, boys dressed as girls...people dancing in cages. Whatever floats your boats you nutty german nihilists!

Played Reflections Records 10 Year anniversary fest part I. My favorite band of the day was Rise and Fall who are about to turn a lot of heads in the US with their new record to be released on Deathwish and Reflections. We slept in a squat called "innocent" in Hengelo. We went to a bar called "St. Louis" and Sheep signed a girl's boobs and she signed his ass. That kid is trouble.

The next day we took the ferry over to Merry old England and showed up at the end of a day-festival that Good Clean Fun was headlining in order to pick up our Backline equipment for our UK dates. Let me go on record by saying that band is fucking terrible and should immediately be wiped off the face of the earth. Talk about a joke that isn't funny anymore...if it ever was. We stayed at sheep's place in London that night.

THe following day we at an english breakfast (fried tomatoes, baked beans, toast, fried eggs, sausage, yummy yummy yummy) and then went to stonehenge....where they charge 5 bucks to get in. What a sham!!! Even if you pay the money you can't come closer than 20/30 feet from the monument..and you are only 50 feet away from the fence by the motorway...so we just looked from there. It's a fairly unimpressive sight to see...but it is from 3000 BC and apparently the rocks come from the Welsh Mountains which means they had to move them thousands of miles with no modern technology. Quite amazing. I think i will plan to go in the middle of the night and hop the fence someday.

Wales Soundtrack:
Manic Street Preachers.

"Libraries Gave Us Power
Then Work Came and Made us Free
What price now for a shallow peice of dignity?"

That's all i got for now....
xoxoxo

7 Comments:

Anonymous Caitlin Lipinski said...

Hey Jeff,
Just wanted to let you know I'm glad you're having a good time.
See you soon.
- Caitlin

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi jeff,


i was wondering if you have the photos from the jan 14th knitting factory show? you guys put on a phenomenal set, as usual, and i haven't been able to find any pictures from it.

-adara, a fan.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Witness said...

Hey Cait!!! Good to hear from you!! Drop us a line sometime!

Adara...I have not seen a single picture from that night so if you happen to find any make sure and get in touch and i will surely post them if i find any.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Jasz said...

'The next day we took the ferry over to Merry old England and showed up at the end of a day-festival that Good Clean Fun was headlining in order to pick up our Backline equipment for our UK dates. Let me go on record by saying that band is fucking terrible and should immediately be wiped off the face of the earth. Talk about a joke that isn't funny anymore...if it ever was. We stayed at sheep's place in London that night.'

hahahaha. I turned up to that after hearing that you'd be playing, to buy my ticket and then find out that the promoters screwed up. Six hours of bland, boring hardcore, shit, damn.

Anyways, hope you don't mind me commenting here, can't wait for your show on saturday at Camden Barfly...I've been counting the days for months now.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous nik said...

jeff.

shame the cardiff show was lacklusture like you said. a few of us felt a bit pissed off at that because we had been looking forward to the MLIW show for ages and the crowd was very flat. those of us who were into it loved it and i really hope you dont feel put off coming back.

take care, nik x

1:34 PM  
Blogger Witness said...

jasz-
our last 3 times in london have been ragers. Let's blow the fucking roof off the barfly!

hey nik...
I definitely wasn't trying to talk shit on cardiff kids...just one of those nights where i couldn't feel the energy from the crowd...everyone seemed very apprehensive and i don't know why. Felt like i was playing a rock concert instead of a punk show...but that's just the way it is some nights. I had fun playing and we will for sure come back to Cardiff soon and next time i will try to keep my pants on.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous nik said...

yeah i know what you mean. it felt like a showcase or something with everyone just stood there and backed off instead of getting involved. it was pretty strange because for weeks all i heard was 'are you going to the MLIW show? i cant wait... etc'

anyway, good luck with the rest of the tour. hope its not too long til we see you again.

3:54 AM  

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