The next day we’re at Chula Vista. It was a great day. We put the astroturf down for the shop, had a great gig, a great crowd and sold a record number of CDs! A great start to the second batch of merch. I get a little scared though when pretty much everyone I talk to warns us about the heat the next day.
As I step out of the door of the bus the next morning I feel the heat pound down on me. I feel like an almighty hairdryer is causing pressure on my body. Ooof. Then Freddy directs us to set up the shop what seems like miles away and up some stairs. Eek. Anyway we manage it. Our set time is a little later and we can see from our spot that the crowd goes mental for other headline acts. It’s hard to do anything or think anything but we put our heart and soul into the performance.
New Mexico is BUSY! We have 2 gigs, a signing, a couple of interviews and I’m ill from the sun. I try desperately to cool down and eventually do. It’s windy, it’s raining and it’s on grass but the heat still got to me (or maybe it was the sun from the day before). The first gig is great on the main stage. We have introduced a fog horn noise as our entrance music. It works a treat. Then we head to the store before doing a smaller more intimate gig at Brian’s acoustic basement. A lovely lovely chap….
In San Antonio we meet up with the wonderful Dave Dale. Great to see him and we all watch a bit of Wimbledon together and reminisce about SXSW.
The whole festival is late to arrive and our set time on the main stage is cut. So we’re off to Tilley’s stage at 8.30pm for a smaller later gig. This means a quiet day on the store but we don’t lie down and take it. We head to a livestock hall where the kids are chilling out under 20 foot ceiling fans. We play and gather some new friends.
The gig on Tilley’s is great too. There’s not a massive crowd but all our friends new and old are there. We get them on stage and have a party.
People were worried that the stage is going to break but it’s cool (I’ve been in this situation before)! The BBQ that evening was great and somehow I managed to wake up with a bottle of high class vodka in my bag from the barman!
Houston Texas is also a blast. It’s raining which is very nice. Back on the main stage, we have a great crowd, gig pit and lots of lovely people come and find us to sign and buy stuff. Houston we hope to come back soon!