We made it safely to Berlin with limited drama. We took a cab to our friend Garvin’s apartment where we were greeted by his sweet dog Girella. We met Girella many years ago in Cologne through a very unique photo project. I think it was a happy reunion. We were a little tired from the flight so we took a nap.
We woke up feeling pretty good. After that we walked around Berlin a little. It was Halloween and we saw a few Trick or Treaters. Usually, they don’t celebrate Halloween so much in Germany but it seems to be getting more and more popular. I think there is a tiny bit of tension about this since it’s considered more of an American Holiday.
Later, we had some Vietnamese food with our friends Sibsi and Andy. And then we met up with Karsten, our new friend and driver from Hanover.
We spent the next day hanging out on some nice garden land that Garvin had recently purchased on the edge of Berlin. We went for a walk by the river while Karsten fixed something with the car. This is an old bus stop cover that was on the property.The first show was in Dresden, just a short drive from Berlin. Some of our best shows in Germany have in Dresden. We toured there early on with the band Vermont. Half of the members of Vermont are from Dresden. So, it is kind of a sentimental place for us. We were clearly very excited!We spent the night with our friends Fabian and Sabina (from Vermont). We also got to see their new baby boy (Emil) and little girl Paulina. The next morning we grabbed a coffee to go and then it was off to Furth, near Nurnberg.
The show in Furth was in an an old converted Nazi bunker from WW2 called Kunstkeller 042. There were some rooms that were used for sick people that still had some of the original hand painted signs above them. This was the back stage area. The translation of the sign is “Treatment Room.”
At first it was a little creepy but then I thought it’s very cool to think about the fact that this room was originally built for a shelter from bombs and now it’s being used to put on live music shows. I think this conveys some of very special things we get to experience by touring in Germany at this level.For the next show we were very excited to be back in Regensburg. Regensburg is also a very special place for us. Our good friends Klaus and Andy live there. It’s not a really big town but there seems to be an oddly large amount of good music coming from there. There must be something in the water. The venue where we played in Regensburg was a small movie theater. The band that opened for us was called Catstash.We had a day off in Regensburg yesterday so we recorded a new song with the working title of “Bubbles” with Andy at his practice space. That’s all for now. Tomorrow we play Munich. Stay tuned! Click here for more pictures.
Neat. I was just reading about the different little dudes on the walk signals they had in East Berlin vs. West Berlin; as I recall the coffee to go sign was the East Berlin version.
Looks like I’ll be visiting this fine country next May, so I’m enjoying the preview.
That’s cool you’re coming to Germany!