Photo - Anne Laurent

2010/05/18

LIKE SPoiMS DYING ON A HOT STREET...

We have been so lucky in our lives to have gotten to play with people we have admired as kids getting in to punk. Everything we set out to do, we do. We are doers. Steve has been drumming for Gary Lammin (for the last few weeks on tour) who was in Cock Sparrer... the bass player was in CHelsea!!!... Steve has toured with the Vibrators for 6 weeks in the U.S. , We have and still do play with Deniz Tek... RADIO BIRDMAN is STILL our favorite band after all these years... just something about the energy of the music, the stealthness of the symbol... not to mention, they are ALL cool friends of ours now.

















Steve and the Vibrators.

One thing we did, was a Visitors reunion tour in Australia. There were few dates but it was successful. We got into the Visitors in about 1986. We had been learning about the Radio Birdman off shoot/family tree bands, as well as bands which were influenced by them. First, it was the New Race!!! Holy Sh*t, that record didn't leave the turn table for months...

















The excitement of finding and buying these records was putting us in the poor house!!! We couldn't get enough. Sh*t, when we found the Visitors LP, and saw that it had a version of Haunted Road on it, we couldn't drive fast enough to get to the house to listen to it!! We devoured all the information... band members, song titles, lyrics.. we even had a business card with the album's statues on it!! Who knew that we would be in the reformation line-up!!
















The history is so long... and it's so mind blowing to be part of the family tree!! You know who's the best? Pip.. that guy is the funniest. It was so great to meet him... when we would watch old birdman footage where pip explains the difference between assertiveness and aggression, approximately 3:16 into this footage....



So great... Pip rules. We couldn't wait to play "Disperse" in the rehearsal room... f*ck, it was the greatest. Here's Pip live...

































Another character is Mark Sisto... we had met him years before this date, when he was in California in 1996. He stayed at the house in Orange, the same house we did the Deniz Tek Jalisco tours... check him out, sneaking up on me in Deniz's back yard...

















The guy is a genius. Listen to the lyrics on the Visitors record. "I left Paris on a midnight train, I was bound for Northern Spain when I spied a miracle creature, I couldn't talk so I sang to the wind and trees and country rolling out the window outside..." or how about "like spoims on a hot street dying with no target to meet she laughs at my death in pleasure..." everyone feels like that sometimes... like a spoim drying and dying on a hot street.

















Me and Mark Sisto.

Here's Deniz dispersing during "DISPERSE" ...check the snake shoes... so smooooooth, just like the feedback coming outa that Marshall.












































Here's Steve behind the drums at the Gaelic Club show... great lighting, cool logo on the front of the drum!! Guess what??? we have coming up?? Never mind, we'll share it next time.. you'll just have to wait...

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