It is with pleasure alloyed with pain and not a little unconcealed sadness that I announce our goodbye-for-now party this Saturday.
With Valentin leaving for Berlin and Pablo leaving for Uruguay it's not clear what will happen with the band. When people ask how or whether we will keep playing, the only answer we can give (for now) is that we won’t be playing in the near future, at least not in this formation.
So here’s to the songs unsung and the jokes unemailed. (For now).
But I think I speak for all of us that whatever inspired us to do this all this time drives us still, and is perhaps stronger, if different. What’s that you say, put it into words? Oh, that’s easy … it’s a beach in the beautiful country of ____, where night is day and day is also day, it’s the Vondelpark, where you go and sit for a while, it’s those old-style aeroplanes where two guys had to push the propellor to get it moving while the pilot put on his goggles and ate a candy bar, it’s a back page torn out of the book of Europe & the Americas, it’s an Amsterdammer riding a bike, a whole crazy city of Kermits the Frog.
And if we dare say so ourselves, the upcoming album was well worth waiting for.
By all of which I mean to say that we will still be filling the world with noises in some way or other.
So keep your ears open and your heart free of dust and your eyes on the back of the neck of the guy in front of you and march, soldier, march.
And come on Saturday and party with us one last time. For now.
We are scheduled as the first band, which means we really start at 22h!
Tomorrow (Sunday) and next Sunday we are playing two free shows in Amsterdam & Tilburg.
Tomorrow at 19.30 you can catch us at Friekfest, the 10th-year anniversary blowout and quite possibly also goodbye party for Villa Friekens, a squatted free-space -- by now an institution -- in the North of Amsterdam which is slated to be evicted soon.
Do you like the noises we make? Do you want to help us make more of them?
People keep asking us when we're going to play again, and we sure are itching to.
If you can play the violin and you think you want to play with us, or you know someone you does, do let us know. We would ask you to try two of the unreleased songs: 'Fritz' and 'Le bokhale barvalenge'. You can find them on the website or myspace. Pass it on!
Our winter tour is in full swing now over. Next stop:
Budapest at the Gödör Klub on December 30 Wien (Vienna) at the Ost Klub on New Year's Eve Manhattan, NY Knoxville, TN Little Rock, AR Hattiesburg, MS New Orleans, LA home to our castles and cottages
See us in the full list of cities in Europe and the U.S. by checking our agenda.
See us in sexy glasses doing secretarial work by closing your eyes and thinking a lot.
November 5, 2010 1:22 PM
Friends, Enemies, Eric:
On Tuesday our violin player Joseph plans to leave the country and basically the band, after 4 years of solid squeezing, tearing, screeching, crooning, touring, arranging, recording and performing.
Also on Tuesday, the mayor of Amsterdam will contradict his stated policy, as he plans to evict several squats, such as the Schoolstraat, 't Blijvertje, and Schijnheilig, for at least one of which the only plans existing are to fill it with anti-squatters.
Why don't you come to our concert at Schoolstraat 4 tomorrow at midnight, and see if we can convince the relevant parties to change their minds?
Well, why don't you, huh? Friends, enemies, no need to answer. Eric: I expect a prompt reply.