I came back from Athens with Ouzo and fancy sandals, a big smile on my face and a heavy anticipation of the rest that I was due from the amazing week The Vipertones and I had. But it didn’t go quiet, no… In fact, things suddenly got busier and I was only back in the UK for a day before booking a last minute flight to Holland for the Friday of that week! It was crazy. We had an offer in from ‘De Wereld Draait Door‘ to go and play on the show, which goes out LIVE and is a fantastic opportunity for us to play to millions of people who tune in to watch the show daily. What a great night! The band and I were all a little bit nervous, especially once we’d seen the red lights activate on the cameras. Matthijs, the presenter interviewed me and Ton, and we did our 1 minute edit of the single, ‘Am I Dreaming?’ Such a buzz! And since then we’ve seen our single move up, down and round the charts in the Netherlands!
I came back to the UK the following day, for 2 hours. Okay, it was a little bit longer, probably more like 4 and a half days before I was catching another flight back to Viperland…and this time for a major radio show; Giel at 3fm (Netherlands) with a shocking 5.30am start for our road trip and it’s wasn’t long before all of us were busting out ‘Roof Off’ and killing the subdued morning vibe at the station! Whoop whoop! We provoked comments in texts sent into the show like ‘Wow wow wow, Funky Funky!’ and ‘Great! A not-drunk Winehouse’ – totally hilarious. Of course, I was drunk, I just handle it better than Amy. Haa. Footage of the tracks we performed can be found on Youtube as well.
Recent challenges include: singing a Dutch name in a radio jingle based on one of the Vipertones tunes. Recent triumphs include: keeping the mic dry and pronouncing with unmistakable English/American twang. Ah well… I hope he liked it.
That morning (Friday 25th February) we drove from the radio station in Holland to our first gig of the weekend in Osnabrück, Germany. Fuelled by coffee, with lack of sleep and still high from the show, it was the perfect combination for some childish face-making in the back of the van. Ah, the amusement never tired, not for 2 days. Sorry guys, it wasn’t only me. *ahem* …you’re just lucky the kazoo stayed in the bag!!
We played to a very excited crowd at Glanz & Gloria, and one of the highlights of the evening (besides a beautiful chocolate cake Ela gave us!) was being accompanied by Championship winning Bboys, Osnabrooklyn. They were wicked and brought some real energy to the night! …I’ve done a different kind of sliding on my head to them, their move looked a lot more…thought out.
Then the following day we drove to Dortmund for our gig at Domicil. Wow what a stage! Nice size place and lovely lovely people at the venue too. A few coffees and interviews later we had a lot of fun on stage, made a great connection with the people there and sold a load of albums!
I’m really looking forward to going back to Germany over the next couple of months, and we have some dates in Brussels and Holland tucked neatly into spring too with some radioshows as well like ‘Meike’s Middag‘ and ‘Tros Muziekcafe‘. Still rumours of Montreal and Switzerland…but for now, we’re busy rocking it a little more locally.
Finally, after a good old wait, we can tell you that part of our performance for WOMAD festival in Gran Canaria last year has been given permission to be uploaded online. SO, you can see it here. We’ve uploaded all new audio and videos to our website on the home page, so please do check it out if you got the time.
My next liaison with the Vipertones will be in Bremen, Germany on the 12th March… and I’ll be full of birthday glee! I should think I’ll be absolutely unbearable…again, sorry guys…but make my cake a decent size…and no joke candles…..or…jokes. Ha ☺
Laters potatas, L x