I’m writing this from a plane heading for Denver from Philadelphia, where we enjoyed a great gig playing a live radio session for WXPN. They’ve been really supportive of us from the start, and they’re a great station with a loyal following. If you fancy it, you could listen again on http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120745108 whilst reading this. Why not put the kettle on and get comfy…
Lots has happened since we last spoke – we thoroughly enjoyed touring supporting the wonderfully eclectic and hilarious Bob Schneider, along with his fantastically tight and entertaining band. They (and of course his enthusiastic audiences) made us feel very welcome.
After shows in Des Moines – Iowa, Minneapolis – Minnesota, Madison – Wisconsin, Chicago – Illinois, Burlington – Vermont, Teaneck – New Jersey, Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania, Philadelphia – Pittsburgh, and Brooklyn – New York, we finished up in Baltimore – Maryland. Phew!
It was our first time in the city; The Ravens had lost a home game to the Indianapolis Colts (17-15 since you ask) and we were a little anxious because just as we pulled up outside the venue, two large men fell out of the bar next door punching each other. Thankfully, The 8×10 was full of music-appreciators who were seemingly indifferent to any sporting defeats, and it turned out to be a great gig to end the tour on. Bob invited us back on stage for the encore; encouraged by our less-than-sober state by then, we provided some manly backing vocals to Sex Machine, whilst I shook a tambourine, Kristian did some falsetto freestyling over a breakdown, and Jamie sang, played melodica, euphonium, and even gamely prodded at a keyboard. At the same time!*
We were without tour bus or gourmet catering for this trip, so we definitely feel like we’ve been ‘on the road’ in a very real sense for the last month! We shared driving duties, personal space, and good wholesome times, mainly spent in a van that we managed to load each night in a Tetris-style fashion, ensuring we generally had a bench each to lie down on for the often large distances we covered in shifts throughout the night. Highlights include driving all the way from Indianapolis, Indiana to Burlington, Vermont, only to stumble on the last hurdle and get diverted – and subsequently very lost – on the charmingly named, ‘Dick Mountain’. Its name felt increasingly appropriate as we drove in circles around it seemingly for hours, with an ill-informed yet belligerent sat nav, becoming increasingly afraid we were starring in a sequel to Wrong Turn.
We also enjoyed our first American Thanksgiving experience. We stayed in the same apartment hotel as last time for a couple of days in Soho, New York, and were treated to roast chicken and all the trimmings (not enough of us for turkey; salmon for Kristian), sweet potato and roast potato, all expertly cooked by Pete ‘Masterchef’ Rinaldi, with hot cider (AMAZING!) and Bass Player’s Delight dairy-free Pistachio ice cream with berries. We squeezed ourselves out the door after a food-coma-induced nap that evening to see Ninja Assassin. Am looking forward to next Thanksgiving already…
We also enjoyed playing for the following – please feel free to check us out on the following links…
We did a session at XM for ‘The Loft with Mike Marrone’ show in Washington DC. It should be online soon, at http://www.xmradio.com/theloft
We also did a show at the City Winery in NY hosted by Rita Houston that was broadcast live on WFUV. It should be online soon also at: http://www.wfuv.org
And so – with no small thanks to the invention of the combustion engine – we power our way towards the west coast to play some shows in Denver, Salt Lake City, LA, San Francisco, Portland, Spokane and Seattle (please check out dates and details on www.oneeskimo.com and www.myspace.com/oneeskimo ), including a very special FREE SHOW in the Silent Movie Theater in LA on December 10th.
Also, check out the Shockhound Session we recorded last time we were in LA: http://www.shockhound.com/features/873-one-eskimo–a-magical-world-of-their-own
As always, dear music-lovers, we hope to see you there.