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

Hybrid Tour Entry One: Home-Town Hybrid

The home-town show is always pretty nerve-wracking. It’s a different kind of pressure from the interstate shows. People you know will probably be there (well, they had damn well better be), and you’re more likely to have spent the day at work, only to fly frantically to the gig venue, smashing down a snack and trying to make yourself look less “4pm meeting” and more “godly rockstar”.

I think we did OK.

I think we did OK.

We spent the day of the show exchanging last-minute texts, and posting goofy pre-gig photos to AAA Backstage’s Instagram as part of their ‘A Day in the Life…’ project. (Hint: If you want pictures of shoes and hotdogs, you want us running your Instagram.)

If you play a good show, you deserve a hotdog

If you play a good show, you deserve a hotdog

Smooth lads Dane Adamo and the Hunted were first to grace the kick-ass big stage (as opposed to the modest-ass foyer stage) at the New Globe Theatre. We listened thoughtfully, sipping sophisticated drinks (probably beer), and pretending like it was no big deal that it was our turn next. The crowd swelled, the set finished, and then we were up.

Game view: Rockstar

Game view: Rockstar

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Vintage Jimmy

 

This gig marked the official launch of our Hybrid EP, and its first hard-copy appearance in public. In fact, we have such a limited number of this EP that we are selling them exclusively at shows until the end of our tour. So, you won’t be able to nab a sneaky copy from your favourite band member until the end of October (if there are even any left). I guess what I’m saying is: get your buns to a show!

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The Elm collection

Mmm, buns. But I digress…

The Brisbane show was exciting and important for another reason, too. Our good friends (and the other band in our bitter custody dispute for Jimmy and Lordy), The Ride, came out of musical hibernation to headline the show and totally blow everyone’s freaking minds. Although they refused my request to play a certain song whose themes centre around a dalliance with a male parent, I have to admit that their set was tighter than your mum’s skirt. (Boom!)

You’ll hear from us (well, two of us—the pretty ones) again after our Sydney show tonight. If you’re in town, you should absolutely come to the Petersham Bowling Club from 7pm for Porch Light Sessions with The Button Collective, us, and Direwolf. We play at 8:30pm. I hear there is booze and pizza.

If you can’t make it to the show, you should grab a digital copy of Hybrid here 😉

 

Elm Crew xx