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we spoke to some students before our show at menza pri koritu, metelkova, ljubljana, slovenia, europe, world, universe.
i found the result online and it looks fine!
Last time I wrote, we were going to Slovenia…wow! Slovenia was cool. In Kamnik we played at a local youth club called MC Kotlovnika. It was really cool. The attendance surprised us, and we played like there was no tomorrow. The day after we only had a 30 minutes drive to Ljubljana, so we drank beers and hung out after the show (not that we didn’t on other nights, haha). We had a huge jam with the local guys and we made a new grindcore-pop-soul band! It was really cool, and we met some really nice guys. Thanks a lot to all the Cheap Tunes Records guys, and thanks to Peter’s grandparents for cooking! We were sleeping long that next morning and when we left the venue we tried to find a waterfall in the hope that we could go for a swim. We did not find it sadly, haha.. The venue in Ljubljana, Menza Pri Koritu was really really cool. Since we came a bit early, we took a walk in Ljubljana. Nice city. We were greeted by another promoter by the name of Peter. He gave us a beer and we unloaded the van. This show was together with a French band called I am a curse, who were really nice guys. The shows went really well for the danish bands, and I am a curse played a good set as well. Before the show we met Peter and some of the guys from Kamnik again. We were really happy that they showed up again. Thank you! We asked Peter from Ljubljana, if we could come to Menza Pri Koritu to sleep, the day after our show in Ceske Budejovice, and he said it would be okay, and that we may have to play another show. Amazing news for us!!
jamming in MC Kotlovnica
Menza Pri Koritu. Squatted place with a nice venue!
Red Tape records and to the left, I am a Curse cds
stage is ready
The next morning, we headed towards Czech Republic. Drove through Austria (Expensive road pricing, but beautiful sights!). Venue for the night was Mighty Bar Veldbloud, where the guys from NAAB (Noise Assault Agency Budweis) are setting up shows. Lots of people came for this show and we had a really good time playing and talking after the shows. In my opinion, Governor played their best show so far that evening. The sound was good and they were playing tighter than ever. Thanks a lot to NAAB for setting up a really good show, letting us sleep in their apartment and everything. Great!!!
Next morning we drove Bjørn to the train station, he was heading home to write his assignment. DAMN!!!!!!!
Now we’re on the way back to Slovenia. We’re looking forward to it already!
I am writing this on the way to Presov, Slovakia from Zagreb, Croatia.
In Menza Pri Koritu, we played another show three days ago. It was really cool, that we could stay at Menza and just play for them again. There was two other bands that night. British band, Saturday’s Kids and German band Schnaaak. Sometimes everything seems connected in this scene. When you meet someone, it is really easy to find subjects to talk about, and quite often it turns out, that you have common friends somehow. This night it turned out, that Saturday’s Kids had played a show in Germany together with Papir and Melting Walkmen, with whom we played the first shows of the tour. The sound engineer for Schnaak knew our friend Henrik from Trust/Rising. Our friends from Kamnik showed up again. They love us, we love them. :)
We slept long that next morning and went for a walk in Ljubljana, before heading to Croatia.
For the second show at menza
Hans from GOA made coffee that morning
walking around in Ljubljana
Moving on to Zagreb: Poster in front of AKC Medika:
Croatia was cool. AKC Medika is an old squatted drug factory. The attendance at the show was low, but even if so, we always want to play as good as we can for those who show up, and so we did. Our set is 7 songs and about 30 minutes. Often people ask for more, and I feel rude every time we have to say no to people. Sorry that we are pussies! Next time we’ll bring more songs. We were supposed to go to Serbia after Zagreb, and it was something we really wanted to, but at the same time really worried about, because we did not have the ata carnet papers. We talked to Sara, the promoter in Zagreb about it and in the end we decided to have the first day off and stay in Medika. So yesterday we were tourists in Zagreb and Gordana showed us the city. She was a nice tourist guide and we think Zagreb is a cool city! It was quite nice just to walk around and chill. We had food and went back to hang out at Medika. We drank beers in the evening and talked to a bunch of people (Except Anders, who had to stay sober for driving, maaaaan). I am the coolest person in the van because I found internet last night and I am the only one to have seen the new episode of South Park. Nice, Aleks! Thank you Sara, Gordana, people at Medika.
phallus tree roots in the botanical garden in Zagreb
We are at home now, and I just wanted to make an entrance on the last two shows we did in Presov, Slovakia and in Prague. From Croatia we drove to Presov, where we had a show at City Club. Nice drive, we managed to cross Budapest during rush hour, and not being to delayed by it! We played there together with a local band named Dawn to Come. A young duo playing something that mixes postrock, into heavy and sometimes chaotic parts. They were good, but I can’t figure out how to describe it properly! The City Club was also a bar, where people in the next room were watching ice hockey. I think Slovakia won. Even though it was a shame, that a lot of people did that in stead of attending the show, congratulations on winning dudes! (yeah, and we are also not playing hardcore, haha) Thanks to the guys with Diamond Levers. You are really cool, especially for setting up the show! Thank you Gerrard for letting us sleep in your really nice apartment and for giving us breakfast even though we had to get up so early.
Next day, we went to Prague. Loong drive, but we managed to get there in time, because since we had a curfew, we thought we’d be in time. The drive was really amazing. Through mountains and everything. And when you get to Czech, the highways have their own charm! (and security arrangements; it is impossible to fall a sleep at these roads.) We played at final club and were greeted by Jakub and Stepan. Really nice guys. I never figured out who was Landmine Alert and who was Goldmine, but these two guys, and I guess some of their friends are setting up shows in Prague, and they have set up some of our favorite bands! For example they are setting up Algernon Cadwallader and 1994 this summer. Before GOA.MPA a girl named Nathalie Stern played. Swedish-British folk-something. It was really nice to have some calm music for the first time on tour. She uses a guitar and her voice and loops both of these on loopstations to play the songs. We are digging it! The shows for us danish people went really well. The room was perfect for shows, it was somehow really good sound. This is off course also due to the soundguy, not to forget! We really liked playing this shows, and Stepan and Jakub took really good care of us. The last show of the tour and we were exhausted, but somehow we felt like this could continue for another two weeks – we did not want the tour to end! Anyways, we decided to drive home that night, because the drive from Prague to MiddelFART and then to Copenhagen is more than 1000km. Anders and Rolf saddly found the van with two smashed windows. Some fucking idiots had broke into the van and stolen all my laundry from the tour. (the most smelly socks, he had taken out of the bag, though) But still: I have only one set of clothes now, fucking asshole!!!!!!!!! He also took two passports and a pair of glasses. We talked to the police to avoid passport trouble, then packed the van, taped the windows and went home. I really want to thank the guy who helped us talking to the authorities, cause they don’t speak english. I can’t remember your name, somehow it is lost between the hundreds of names I have learned the past weeks, but nevertheless this is a sincere: THANK YOU! There is nothing more annoying than the bureaucratic ways to complicate something so simple. Prague was really cool, I wish it was in the middle of the tour!
fixing the broken window
fuck you theives, we won: “GOA MPA TOUR 2011”
Thanks to all promoters, all new friends, to Governor of Alaska, to every positive being we met on the tour. We had the best time and a stupid thank you list doesn’t compensate for anything at all - we just want to let you know that we enjoyed it a lot!
An oversized tricycle. You can tell from the picture how stoked Hans was at this cool monster.
The first four days of touring are over, and I can say on behalf of everyone in the tourbus, that touring has been a blast! I am writing this on the way to Kamnik, Slovenia from Lucerne, Switzerland.
We had a gentle start, playing a practiceroom in Kolding for a few friends. Besides from us guys from Governor of Alaska and My Polaris Artillery, on the bus we were Morten who booked the tour for us (we are forever grateful!!) and our new friend Bjørn (He is writing his bachelor on sustainability and is collecting info for it on this tour, but he really helps us a lot with distro, driving, jokes and good looks!).
First German show was Halle at Hühnermanhattan. Got lost a couple of times on the way. When we arrived there was barberque and cold beers so we got over that soon. The shows in Germany were showcases with the other Red Tape bands Papir and Melting Walkmen. We started the evening out by playing a short set, that got cut off by a hole in the kickdrum. Next up was Governor of Alaska. Crazy dudes. They played really well! Then there was Melting Walkmen and Papir. They both played really awesome shows. Papir, I believe, played for more than an hour and it never got boring. Impressive!
We went to sleep at Paul’s flat. On the way back Paul and Hans from Governor whistled the theme from Dallas. It sounded nice. Thank you Paul, Mez and crew!
Next showcase in Ansbach, Germany was a lot of fun as well. We got to CK13 and there was barberque again. Vegetarian friendly and awesome! The shows went well and we had great fun! Thank you Isa, the teacher who had a market where things were free (we got speakers for the car!), to Julian, the girl who studies in Aalborg and the rest of the people from the place where we slept. We said goodbye to Papir, Melting Walkmen and Morten the next morning, and left for Lucerne.
Lucerne was great fun! We played at Sedel, the most perfect venue, with lots of great food, good sound and the most beautiful view to cows, mountains, fields and lakes. There wasn’t a lot of people attending the show, but those who were there seemed to like it and both bands really enjoyed playing. Thanks Roman, the cook, the soundguy and thanks to the DJ who played very nice music!
This tour has been amazing so far. Our bodies are getting more and more exhausted, but every time you get to a new place and meet nice people it works like the best drug and you forget all about being tired. THIS IS FUN!
- Sune on behalf of the MPAGOATOURCREW
Serbia show is cancelled. Help us out if possible! We will be able to play anywhere that is not too much of a detour from the trip between Croatia and Slovakia. We’ll play anywhere for food and floor to crash on.
19/4/2011 Godset, Kolding, Dk w/ ursa minor
20/4/2011 Hühnermanhatten, Halle, Germany w/ Papir & Melting Walkmen
21/4/2011 Ansbach, Germany w/ Papir & Melting Walkmen
22/4/2011 Sedel, Lucerne, Schweiz
23/4/2011 MC Kotlovnica, Kamnik, Sl
24/4/2011 Menza Pri Koritu, Ljubljana, Sl
25/4/2011 Velbloud, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
26/4/2011 HELP US!
27/4/2011 AKC Medika, Zagreb, Croatia
28/4/2011 Cancelled! HELP US!!
29/4/2011 City Club, Presov, SK
30/4/2011 Final Club, Prague, Czech Republic
ovenpå alfysningen af hamborg-showet har vi fået sat et øvelokale-show op her i landet. tak, nicholai! det er en god mulighed for at komme og se os før vi smutter på tur i det europæiske, og vi vil selvfølgelig gerne se en masse af vores venner!!
det finder sted i et øvelokale på godset (lige ved kolding banegård) sammen med governor of alaska og det nye band ursa minor!
kig forbi - det ville fryde os!
The showcase with Governor of Alaska, Papir and Melting Walkmen in Hamburg is cancelled. Get in touch if you have any last minute solutions, we’d like to play anywhere!
All the best