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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Books

Books are like childhood summer-flings I never had....they are:

* All-possessing.
* Fantastic (in a fantasy sense).
* Trans-formative.
* Time-bending.
* Much better than movies.

I'm currently completing a Nick Hornby double-header of High Fidelity and A Long Way Down while I have the time on tour.

After taking about 6 months to read Shantaram(awesome) I've managed to plough through about four books in the past 3 months which has been rather satisfying and nostalgic - I think I read more books when I was 10 than I do now!

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After a jam-packed week of filming two music videos, playing a show in Christchurch, attending a band-mate's 21st, going to Christchurch again for the Silver Scrolls and then a show in Dargaville - I'm back in Australia.

There was a bit of drama along the way - apparently we trashed a hotel in Dargaville which is a bit weird to hear. The place reckoned we left a "used tampon" in the bath....how would five GUYS in a band manage that? Unless Matt has a deep, dark secret....

Quite hilarious.

So now Si and I are in Oz doing promo for the band in Sydney and Melbourne. We've just released our first single over here so we're busy trying to get these Aussies to fall in love with us....Si's ginger mo is helping markedly.

We've got a show in Melbs tomorrow night, then in Sydney Friday night and then we play at a festival in Brisbane called Sounds of Spring on Saturday. So fun is looming.

For now, check out the winner of the Silver Scroll for 2009 - Lawrence Arabia's Apple Pie Bed. Had the pleasure of meeting both himself and Luke Buda who are both cool and make cool music.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bouncers etc.

Bouncers love Midnight Youth.

This might seem like a strange observation to make. But it's not to me. I never expected large men with possible gang-connections to like the music I create. But it seems they do...

After a show I usually get some sweet handshakes, some awkward handshakes where I don't quite understand which combination of shake/fist/hug to use and also some classic behind-my-back comments like "shit, that four-eyed c*** can sing!".

It's always a good way to end a show.

We played in Christchurch last Friday night where this kind of thing happened and, after leaving the venue and deciphering the local handshake, it was followed by another bizarre moment.

I bumped into a fan of the band clutching around 7 of Aidan's drumsticks (pretty sure he stormed the stage itself after we played) who wanted a chat and a photo. All cool. He then offered to lease me a couple of acres of the 2900 acres he was soon to be claiming as Maori land. The lease came with free entry and use of one of the 26 swimming pools he was going to build beside his future estate house where he will be living with The Veronicas. Awesome. I then took some snaps with him and he insisted on two varieties of picture, each with him wearing a different colour sparkly fez. I swear I didn't dream this.

We're heading back to Chch tomorrow for the Silver Scrolls, something that could sound rather antiquated...I'll try to explain.... when someone says scroll to you - do you think of a) a paper manuscript, rolled and sealed with wax. or b) a yummy leavened treat from Baker's Delight?

Actually, I think I've just got some midnight munchies....BUT have a listen to the other finalists for the Silver Scroll - many NZers will not have heard these songs which is a shame, it seems there's either mass commercial radio-play or bNet radio-play for good NZ songs and nothing in-between. What happened to Channel Z...??

Enjoy.... http://www.apra.co.nz/html/voting2009_finalists.php

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Blogging - it's like homeopathy for my brain.

I have a horrible memory.

This makes me dangerously close to being socially-retarded (apologies to those who dislike that word). It also means that I forget things that happened to me even a few weeks ago.

SO - what better way to remember the things I've done than to start a blog that recounts those things.

See, this is better than starting a diary/journal because a) it might get lost and the backup memories will be gone forever and b) a small amount of (most-likely) crazy people can even tell ME what I've been doing and/or thinking. And that might help me a lot.

So, with a positive frame of mind I'm entering into this untested world of internet medication.

I will begin by reminding myself of my current situation in life:

* Homeless
* Penniless
* Pet-less (this annoys me)
* Knack for writing songs
* Short-sighted (literally)
* Long-sighted (non-literally)
* Look kinda Jewish (in a hot way)
* Have best friends and family one could dream of
* A bit of a crime-magnet
* Great teeth
* Van Morrison rules
* Looking forward to summer.

There. That's all I can remember for now.

I'm probably going to forget to ever update this thing....