Today I’m sat looking at the beautiful Brighton seafront back in England. It seems like ages ago that the Vipertones and I were enjoying every minute of our residency at the Half Note Club in Athens, even though it was only last week!
When we arrived on the Friday 5th we had no idea what we would be doing with ourselves for the whole week, outside of the shows we had in the evenings…but that time soon gave way to incredible amounts of site seeing, culture, walking, vinyl shopping, ouzo, sandal bartering, rude word exchange, expensive coffee breaks, YouTube discoveries, laughing and (for me) sleeping…oh…wait…and more eating…and maybe some more sleeping somewhere in between all that. The guys and I made friends with some dogs who hated each other, and I rooted through a whole load of junk the people in the hills had brought into town to sell. I particularly liked the one man who *only* sold super glue on a very small stand, stood next to the man with no teeth and a handful of silver forks. There are amazing ancient grounds and buildings surrounding the hotel we were staying in, Athens truly is stunning!
The shows were unforgettable! Each one! Ton, Eric, Phil and Rob played brilliantly, each grabbing a shining moment every night. We really struck a connection with the audiences, and some even came back a second time to see us again. We tried out some new tunes which we are working on for the second album and gave our new Greek friends something no one else had heard before. Thanks to all those who came over at the end of the show for a chat, photo, signed vinyl/cd album. Your warmth was felt by myself and all of the band! Also thanks to the Half Note Staff for looking after us so well! We look forward to putting in some more exotic orders with Michael and George our new Sound buddies, and a return to the smoky Batman Bar some time. We took some photos of the crowd on a couple of nights, and of course a bunch of idiotic ones of ourselves being proper tourists and showing off. They will be up on our website soon! We did an interview with En lefko Radio while we were there which was fantastic, and also a television interview just before a show one night. The promotion for our shows in Athens has been very impressive, even achieving a four-page spread in a sports paper! We felt VERY welcome.
So what happens now? Well! Let me tell you!
This Friday we have a live performance on a rather important television show in the Netherlands. We will appear on ‘DE WERELD DRAAIT DOOR‘ (Holland’s equivalent to the David Letterman Show) on channel Ned3 19.30-20.30 on FRIDAY! This is a great opportunity for us and I can’t wait! Somebody PLEASE tell me what I’m gonna be wearing…aarrggghhh!
The next weekend we’ll be heading back to Germany for a couple of gigs in Osnabruck and Dortmund…and that is us for this month. But it’s getting hotter, I can feel it!! A spring is already in my step!
Laters potatas, Laura x