Ripe Indeed

It was the best of times, It was the blurst of times!

Ok, So today we are playing a festival in Noosa called Ripe fest the night before we played our 2nd Hifi show in Brisbane and it was rad, great crowd and great vibes. After the show Diffy and I went to the Valley for a quiet dirty martini and learnt about the 13 alternative dimensions from some local new agers, a typical but forfilling day in rock camp.

We all meet in the lobby the next morning at 11, pile in the van and head off out of Brisbane. We get a call from the promoters saying that the festival iss rained out and it would be a good idea to get some gumboots to combat the mud. After a short trip to the dirty burger we find ourselves at Bunnings to stock up on boots. Rosco is playing with his new flip camera as we are walking in and is chased down the aisle by an angry staff member ordering him to turn off his camera “You can’t bring a camera in here!” Altercation number one ensues!

Rosco’s other job is a competitor scout for Mitre 10.. yeeah?!

We arrive at the venue and it is a total mudpit, the sun is out now though, the vibe is rockin’ and we are looking like shock troops in the trenches of world war 2 in our new footwear while everyone else is getting around in soggy, soiled chuck taylors and some even barefoot.

We play just as the sun is going down as the kids slop around in the mud, a good, fun set all round. Everyone seems to enjoy it. We all agree to stick around to watch Grinners before we head back to Brisbane to attend a men’s magazine launch party, with many bikini models rumoured to be in attendance. Unfortunately it becomes apparent that the keys to our tarago have gone astray. After looking everywhere we admit defeat and presume the keys are somewhere under 2 ft of mud.

Being the selfless humans we are we decide to take the crews car and leave them to get a cab all the way back to Brisbane.

Steve brings the car around but is fighting to keep the car from getting bogged in the mud. As he enters the back stage area a clever security guard decides to stand in his way and tries to push the car backwards, Steve hollers to get out of the way as he is accelerating to keep traction. Altercation two ignites as more security guards appear and excuse Steve of trying to run over their comrade. Somehow Sparki gets involved, not the most diplomatic person in the world, but probably the most assertive.

Sparki is well known for his public fire ups at festivals, the last festival we played he was involved in a sausage throwing incident when the hotdog man ran out of tomato sauce. When I happen on the scene there are profanties being thrown around we are told to “F@#% off”. We get the hell out of there, but get back to Brisbane to late for the model party.

Everyone is still fired up from the festival incident so we decide to chill at the hotel and have a few calming drinks.

We regroup in the crews room and all share a glass of red over a game of dice, to which Diffy is the victor! We disperse back to our rooms and attempt to go to bed. Weston is still firing and doesn’t want to sleep so he decides to throw a box of Sultana Bran at poor Kane as he is sleeping in the lounge room. After several attempts I eventually coerce him to go to bed.

All and all a long day with its ups and downs but at the end of the day a success. Tomorrow we fly to Hobart!

Posted by : Adam Spark


Hi Hi-Fi!

Today felt like one of the longest damn days of my life! haha

kenny, diffy and i had to be up at 7am for a live radio acoustic thing at some sports ground here in brisbane…which hurt a little after 3 hours sleep…not even enough time to dream about an entire episode of MASH!
so once the 8am BoT choir of glorious sleep deprived angels were done…we were out. yep, right back to bed. woke some time in the afternoon…rolled over to diffy, gave him a kiss, got out of bed, ate a salad and a few of us paddled over to check out some crazy ass cavern venue for a big tour coming up..(we travel only in boats)…some italian superhunks band were rehearsing a robbie williams song at soundcheck…angels indeed, you creep.

kenny and i then had another interview for a mens magazine with a very deeply voiced man named Bezerker….was actually alot of fun, which, for an interview is quite rare. Tonight was the second night of our shows at the HiFi Bar in town. I hate sitting around so i decided to hop a lift to the venue with Mr Bezerker in his car to the show…we rolled up to the front and I’m pretty sure he parked illegally on the front door…hahah. Like LA valet jerks…without the valet…The band felt really good tonight (and by that I mean i copped a feel of them all in the band room before we went on..mmmmmmm) haha. The crowd really got into it and the room was a big ball of energy. Awesome. I love shows like this. There is one thing on my mind right now though. Sleep. Come to me. I’ve been awake for 20 hours..on the back of 3 hours rest…..mmmMMmmmm…Tonight i will dream of a big pond in a desert, occupied by myself and a few cocktail umbrellas. I’m a cocktail.

Posted by : Adam Spark


The Saddest Thing I Know tour begins!

After clocking up some miles in recent weeks in the U.S and U.K we headed back to Perth for two days before heading to Brisbane for a couple of rehearsals and to shoot another film clip. While spending the better part of the year focusing on and completing our new album there was an unspoken buzz amongst us that all came out onstage at the Hi-Fi Bar tonight.

Usually the first show of a tour can help to blow away any cobwebs, but it really felt we were already five shows in. A very vocal Brisbane crowd may have bought it out of us, but the energy levels were up and it just served as a reminder of how very little else matters except for that hour or so onstage. As we walked into our band room dripping in sweat, I heard through my in ear monitors one punter yelling above all else ‘Hurry the fuck up and play an encore!’ So we obliged and hopefully didn’t leave that guy disappointed!

Tonight was also the first of multiple shows for Brisbane’s The Rockefeller Frequency and New Zealand’s Midnight Youth. Both played cracker sets and we’ll definitely be looking forward to seeing more of them, starting with another Hi-Fi show tomorrow night!

Posted by : Adam Spark