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European Tour Journal Day 12: Dresden

Continued coverage of Turn Me On Dead Man 2018 European tour

OSTPOL DRESDEN

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After playing to a very small crowd in Salzburg on Sunday, we did not expect much from a Monday night gig. We rolled into Dresden late in the afternoon and aside from the ubiquitous graffiti, there were still remnants of bombed out structures from 1945. This definitely was not lost on us, we all got a bit humbled thinking about the atrocities of the not so distant past.

The venue, Ostpol, was just as interesting, another very old building that survived the times. It functioned as a collective and served as a pub/venue and a live-work space for artists and musicians. The rooms we stayed in were above the venue and the building was essentially left as it was when the revolution occurred in 1989.

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The view from the venue:

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THE GIG

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Soundcheck!

As mentioned above, we had very low expectations, it was a Monday and it was maybe 30 degrees outside and getting colder as the sun went down. We were prepared to have a fun loose time with our new friends and support act Saloon Bizarre who we hung out with up in our room pre-show.

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We talked about our respective music scenes and how The Bay Area is so dominated by tech industry folks and the effect it has on the integrity of the music coming out etc…turns out these guys work in tech in Dresden! We all had a good laugh and we really grew to like these guys.

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Loft Perspectives

Saloon Bizarre went down to play and Jonesy went to check them out, after a few minutes he comes back upstairs and says “Guys, the place is packed!” We all went down and sure enough there were bodies to the wall and Saloon Bizarre were killin’ it! They had a cool post punk style with tricky little turn arounds and a powerful sound, nice and tight and clean as a three piece.

Now here are one of those times where you just have to enjoy the experience. I had been making an effort to document this whole trip, especially the performances and tonight all my devices were full, so what happens? We play one of our best sets yet to a packed house and captured none of it! The stage was really shallow so I had to stand front and center and not move too far in any direction lest I get sliced by a cymbal. At one point, and this is something I’ve never seen, Ziggy did a deep back bend during a solo, smacked his headstock on a mic stand or something and knocked himself horribly out of tune. After trying to re-tune on the fly and just making it worse we stopped mid song with the crowd watching in anticipation for a potential melt down while Ziggy quickly tuned back up and we launched into the next part of the song with the crowd right there with us!  It was as if it never happened, this weird interlude where the train slid off the tracks for a moment and everyone held on for dear life, but the train kept a rollin’ and we knew we had ’em with us.

The rest of our set was a blast and we really hit our stride at this show, this was also the best crowd yet and a welcome surprise after having such low expectations, not of the Dresden scene in particular but of a Monday night winter gig in general. We had a fun time afterwards mixing it up with the locals and the bartender was playing this excellent proto-punk stuff I just had to know about. I got turned on to Ton Steine Scherben and I’m not sure which album but it was from the early or mid 70’s and had an aggressive sound.

Quite a few people stuck around after the show to hang out and drink beer and socialize. It was so cold out, seemed like the optimal choice! The bar was cozy and festive and the barkeep was playing killer tunes and we really had a great time at Ostpol!

UPDATE!!!

Video of one song from our set surfaced and you can now experience the vibe!

Big thanks to Elbsludge booking for doing a great job in promoting the show.

DROP OUT RECORDS

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The following morning Ziggy and I took a stroll through town to find an independent record store, any one would do. We rarely had time to do this but we wanted to at least try to get some records into the local stores in all the places we played. I think this was the only successful attempt!

We got loose directions to a spot not too far away that carried independent music and took a jaunt through town.

We saw this spot first but it was closed and looked kinda boring anyway:

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We soldiered on and after a few blocks we came to the “Arty” part of town:

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Took some promo shots:

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Almost immediately we found Drop Out Records and waited a few minutes for them to open. It was a small shop packed with a good selection of vinyl and some cds, mostly punk, indie and metal, they took a few records and we deemed the mission a success!2018-02-20 11.59.092018-02-20 12.00.342018-02-20 12.08.09-12018-02-20 12.09.05

ZWINGER MUSEUM/EL RODIZIO

We reconnected with the rest of the gang and dialed in a lunch destination. While en route we came across The Zwinger Museum. The architecture was amazing and as with a lot of buildings in Dresden, parts of it were under reconstruction. There is still a lot of this work going on to repair the damages from the 1945 bombings.

 

 

 

 

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We continued on to El Rodizio:

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This place specialized in Brazillian cuisine and I ordered the Feijoada. Everything looked amazing and my dish was excellent! The owner even came out when he heard some Americans were hanging out, a few ordering tequila at noon. He brought out a top shelf brand and did a shot with us. I don’t drink but I took a swig just for taste and spit it out. If I was a tequila drinker this would easily be a favorite, I think it was Padre Azul, it had a leather jacket on the bottle which the owner gave to us, the jacket, not the bottle of course. Such hospitality and amazing food, highly recommended!

We ate well and high tailed it out of town…next stop Berlin!

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All pics by Jeff K. 2018 All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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European Tour Journal Day 7 Stuttgart

Continued coverage of our tour back in Feb. 2018

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We were a bit sad to be leaving Italy and all of the wonderful food, sights and people, but we were also excited for our first German show at Goldmark in Stuttgart. It was one of the longer stretches and after a bit of a wait to load out of the previous night’s venue, we barely got to Stuttgart in time! We also had trouble finding the venue since nobody mentioned it was below street level, down an off ramp. We just kept chasing the destination dot on GPS, circling around and around until we finally saw some people who pointed out the entrance.

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My devices were full and we had to load in and set up immediately, so I got no footage from this show. Despite the rushed entry and the resulting grumpy promoter…we hit the stage right on time and slayed that crowd. The sound was excellent and people were into it.

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Fan Foto

Some shots from the drive

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Leaving Torino

 

 

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Next stop Olten Switzerland!

 

 

European Tour Journal Day 4 (Pastrengo, Italy)

 

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After an excellent show in the historic town of Castelfidardo, we drove 20 or so minutes, through dark, winding roads, to our digs for the night in the nearby town of Osimo. We stayed in a sort of rustic hotel, which was essentially a house on a hill owned by a lady who lived upstairs. There were a few rooms with beds and a couple of bunk beds, 2 showers and a fully functional kitchen stocked with breakfast biscuits and tea. We settled in a got some sleep.

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Hotel wall hanging

I woke up to the sound of distant church bells that went on for at least 10 minutes! We arrived the previous evening in the dark of night, so I had no idea what the surounding area looked like. This was the view that greeted us:

 

…and this cat:

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This little one kept us company while we packed the van and gave us good luck on our journey.

More pics of the surrounding area:

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We packed up the van, took some ‘arty pics’, bade the the ‘Osimo kitty’ farewell and headed toward Pastrengo in the Province of Verona.

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Let’s take a few minutes to see some of the town of Osimo as our driver, Davide, expertly manouvres the narrow roads, displaying some impressive skills right at the beginning, where he backs us out of a precarious position to allow some drivers to pass. We were listening to old Puerto Rican music while driving through the empty streets, which, for some reason, was the perfect soundtrack. It was Sunday and everyone was still asleep, even though it was probably around noon. I added a couple of tracks from the album to enhance the video. Enjoy the winding roads seen through a dirty tour van window!

 

Here’s a slide show of our drive, we had another brief view of the Adriatic Ocean. Another thing of note, something we would see throughout our trip, was that a lot of the highway sound/wind barriers also absorb solar energy, something we should definitely pick up on in The U.S.

 

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FABEMOLLE 

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We arrived at the venue, met the other band, Holy Fuzz, and got set up. The stage was low, so we were more on the level with the crowd, which I like. The venue was really nice, had good acoustics and we took part in an excellent prosciutto and cheese spread.

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Ziggy and our driver Davide in front of painting
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Soundcheck!
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Guitars and merch

Here’s a short clip of the opener Holy Fuzz doing a rendition of “The Money Will Roll Right In” by Fang, no doubt a nod to our hometown as Fang were from The Bay Area (Berkeley).

 

Also, a short clip of “Starlust-Face on Mars” from our set.

This was a pretty early Sunday show, so we drove to where we were staying, Villafranca, and had a lovely home cooked pasta dinner with Daniel and his dad Franco, a Sci-fi writer.

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Franco with his book:

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Next stop Zerobranco!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn Me On Dead Man return from Europe

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I haven’t posted in a few weeks because I was on tour in parts of Europe with TMODM. I just wanted to get a brief post up here and mention how eye opening of a trip it was. I’ll go into more detail in time. I plan to share a series of posts covering our journey. I shot a lot of street art and architecture. Look to alphastarephotography for a recent post on some graffiti. There will be some video clips and photos, there will also be links to exclusive content which will only be available to our Patreon supporters. The next step is to record the next album, which should be happening in the next few months and any support for our Patreon will help with production costs, so check that out.

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Below is an excerpt from Jagerklause in Berlin. This was an amazing show and we hope to return again! This is just the last few parts of “Cassiopeia”, an epic song which will be on the next album. The photos in this post are by Andreas Steckmann.

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