Ziggy an Jonesy flew out a day or so ahead of the rest of us. They sent back pics of them at the airport in Rome where they ran into East Bay Ray! Coincidental and Ironic in a sense because TMODM was on Alternative Tentacles at one point.
They also caught up with Heavy Psych Sounds label honcho Gabriele Fiori to plot our trail of destruction through Europe.
The rest of us, drummer Chris Lyman, guitarist Nick Doom and myself departed from SFO on time and enjoyed an 8 hour flight to Dublin. The flight was sparse, so some of us got some rest.
We had a brief layover in Dublin, where we enjoyed tiny cupcakes to celebrate being in Europe. Then we flew on to Rome where we got picked up and driven to Heavy Psych headquarters. We got some much needed rest in order to prepare for our first show in Southern Italy.
DAY 1: Heavy Psych Headquarters
We checked out the area. Saw this old wall and some shroomy graffiti.
Had to get some risotto in me stat! We enjoyed the local diner which was really affordable compared to what they charge in SF for this sort of cuisine.
DAY 2: TO PESCARA
We got up and packed the van and drove to Pescara. I shared a series of graffiti pics from this stretch on my photoblog also.
At one point we stopped to visit The Adriatic Sea up close:
Our first show was at Scumm in Pescara, Italy. The building seemed really old but I never got a chance to ask about it. That scene was cool because it was basically a couple of alleys with various things going on including our thing.
There were cafes and nightclubs with dance music and some other spaces with artistic happenings. Groups of people could go do whatever and then convene in the alley to smoke cigarrettes and talk.
There was even this really cool Victorian era dance thing going on a few doors down from us:
Here’s a short excerpt from our set. The room was really dark and we were a little jet lagged and settling into the gear for the first time, but it was good to get out there.
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All pics by Jeff K. unless otherwise noted.
Pic of East Bay Ray by Ziggy Minucci and the photo of Gabriele and Ziggy by Jonesy Daysleeper