Hybrid Tour Entry Four: Currumbin Everywhere Man

It’s been a week since our tour officially finished, and in true “lalala nope I can’t hear you” fashion, I have put off writing this blog. The end of a tour is always kind of a relief and kind of depressing. On the one hand you’re glad to be away from those FREAKS you call band mates (amirite, you guys?), but there’s also a sense of falling back to Earth, remembering that you’re not yet a wildly-famous rock star and actually you should do some groceries.

The full Elm band reunited the night before the Currumbin show for a sneaky little “practice show” (the first time we’d seen each other since before the ladies went away) at Ric’s with our band-cestuous buddies, The Ride. Safe in the knowledge that we hadn’t forgotten how to play all of our stuff, we kicked back after our set to enjoy The Ride (see what I did there?).

Cue a day where Brisbane forgets that it’s spring and goes full summer on our asses, and it’s time to drive to Currumbin. Last time we hit the Gold Coast for a show, we’d spent the week before driving horrendous distances. This time, we’d been on one of them metal sky birds what use voodoo to stay in the clouds, and were used to a level of speed and hands-offness not afforded by a Hyundai Getz on a congested Queensland highway. Still, we got through with only minimal road rage (and maximum selfie action).

Always keep your eyes on the road, UNLESS you can ruin someone's selfie

Always keep your eyes on the road, UNLESS you can ruin someone’s selfie

The Currumbin crowd welcomed first act Liam Ward with the warmth and joy of a group of people who’d stumbled in from the heat to find cool air, cold beer, and quality live tunes. We were up next, and though the crowd was loud, we were louder, smashing out our signature sweet-meets-heavy tunes.

We didn't even tell him to pose

We didn’t even tell him to pose

...without a paddle?

…without a paddle?

 

Our old friend (and regular GC gig-mate) Holly Terrens, took to the stage next (with faithful drummer, Dan), and did an equally good job of turning heads and impressing the locals. Rounding out the night was the lad of the hour, Scott Dalton (and his merry band), launching his EP “Bitter Sweet”. (Something about “bitter”, eh? *shameless link to Bitter Taste*)

Holly Terrens plays the barefoot blues

Holly Terrens plays the barefoot blues

Scott Dalton melts hearts and faces

Scott Dalton melts hearts and faces

Musical catch ups (including singing happy birthday to some guy)

Musical catch ups (including singing happy birthday to some guy)

And so ends another tour. But, don’t expect us to go away (or stop asking you to buy and review our stuff), because we have plenty lined up locally for November/December. Catch us on November 8 and 9 at the Billy Blue Design College Festival of Change, and on 16 November at the Great Get Together Seventeen Mile Rocks as part of the G20 cultural celebrations.

I’ll leave you with a lovely picture of Jimmy.

That face

That face

 

Elm Crew xx

Crystal Ball Tour Entry Three: The final countdown

After some puzzlement over why Erin was telling us that she’d “see [us] on Wednesday”, we remembered that the tour was not all the way over. How could we forget our local shows?! (Sleep deprivation, the sweet relief of being out of a car, possible hangovers. All likely suspects.)

 

Brisbane

Playing at the (New) Globe kind of brings Miss Elm full circle. The very first gig that Erin and Lucy ever did as a ‘band’ (with the delightful Ainsley Wynne) was in that very venue, albeit on a different stage. Technically speaking, we weren’t Miss Elm then anyway, but shhhhh, nostalgia. Despite our lack of research into the date—it was only STATE OF ORIGIN—we pulled a decent little crowd to our only Brisbane show of the tour (with many thanks to Matthew Graham and Josh McCartney for their crowd-magnet skills). When you’re up to your sixth show in a week and a half, stage fright becomes a distant, stupid memory. “This performing thing? In my damn sleep.” It was great to be home and more rested, and even better not to have spent the entire day together pre-gig (no offence, you guys). To be honest, I missed the giddiness that comes of sub-optimal levels of sleep and long hours of car. Heading to a gig after work isn’t quite the same as hauling ass there from another city. Alas, the rock star life must be funded, and so the Brisbane show proceeded post-adult-obligations.

Squeezing lots of music onto the stage at the New Globe Theatre

Squeezing lots of music onto the stage at the New Globe Theatre

Meeeeemoriessss

Meeeeemoriessss

Gold Coast

Sometimes the thought of driving for an hour can be daunting. Luckily for us, a week of much more than an hour of driving prepared us well. In fact, I was surprised when we pulled up to our destination so quickly. “Surely I have to spend more time in this metal tomb before I’m allowed out, right?” Not so, dear reader. We were on the Gold Coast in a (non-literal) jiffy, and ready to smash out our last show of the tour. If show number six was a piece of cake, then show number seven was a three-tiered torte (if that even works). It was a damn good show, is what I’m saying. We kicked back to listen to Maple (musically gifted in both English and Chinese), Holly Terrens (fresh from a tour to Japan), and Alexandra (back to rocking the gigging scene after a hiatus). We were privileged to play our final tour show to a thoroughly warmed-up audience, and ended our month of musical madness with a bang (and an encore).

Elms are always welcome at the Loft ;)

Elms are always welcome at the Loft 😉

Erin getting spiritual

Erin getting spiritual

Lucy contemplates life/the melodica

Lucy contemplates life/the melodica

Don't be sad, Erin! It's our last show, but we'll be back soon :D

Don’t be sad, Erin! It’s our last show, but we’ll be back soon 😀

Holly Terrens (and her merry band) lighting up the stage -- I didn't get pics of anyone else (too busy enjoying their music, no doubt)

Holly Terrens (and her merry band) lighting up the stage — Sadly, I didn’t get pics of anyone else (too busy enjoying their music, no doubt)

Did you miss us during this tour? Kicking yourself that you couldn’t make it to a show? Wishing you’d known that Queensland was going to lose so you could have skipped the game to come and see us? Fret not. We will be back with a special early evening appearance at the Seed Project, Friday July 18 at QPAC (Brisbane). Look out for the Facebook event, coming soon.

Plus, the fruit of our hard studio labour is coming together into a shiny release for you. I’m talking, of course, about our next EP. Details, including the title and release date of the EP, are also coming very soon. All good things take time, as they say (whoever ‘they’ are).

 

Elm Crew xx