So at some point last October we thought it would be a good idea to go out on the road in December to whore Bronto round Scotland. The weather couldn't be mental two years running. That would just be stupid. 9th December - Inverness, Madhatters Our first gig of the tour was Inverness which is Niall's hometown and the scene of one of our best gigs earlier on in the year at GoNorth 2010. The few days before the nation was in mild chaos due to the snow and we weren't even sure if we would be able to traverse but a slight lull in God's dandruff and a VW 4 x 4 meant that Bronto couldn't be stopped (for now) On hand to document the tour was our great friend David Malone who is in turn a writer/mystic/catalyst/photographer and film maker. Sometimes all at once. The worst conditions were south of Perth so it wasn't as bad as we thought it was going to be. There was a lot of Shellac and Sonic Youth going down in the van. A great turnout of people materialised just after opening and it was set for a great gig. But then came a 25 minute soundcheck as they PA was wrecked and the wiring dodgy. Madhatters is infamous for shit sound. Probably time they should get that rectified. 10th December - Jager Room, Stornoway It has to be said early starts are not our forte. We had to though as were getting the early ferry to Lewis as we were playing a BBC session in the afternoon. To reach this said ferry on time would involve some crazy ass driving in really bad conditions (just missing a stag), dumping the van in a church and running with our gear in torrential rain through Ullapool. Iain got some kip whilst Niall and David attempted to watch Star Wars without succumbing to sleep. We didn't even make it to the prison break. It was our third time in Stornoway and it did not disappoint. The BBC session went great and this was followed by our biggest soundcheck ever. The end result being that we sounded bigger than Mogwai and soundman Donald had got hold of a wireless pack for the guitar so Niall could go anywhere in the room. Charlie, Claire, Hazel and Andrew plus a room full of people we didn't know bore witness to a pretty unhinged set where Iain was setup in the middle of the floor and Niall had a mic onstage and behind the bar. Yes...he did manage to serve three people whilst playing and shower Iain with ice. Kinda like Tom Cruise in Cocktail if he was loaded on Buckfast. We ended up down at the harbour thinking about stealing boats, boarding said boats and looking for the police (there was none).
Photobucket
11th December - The Old Bridge Inn,Aviemore Out of all the gigs on the tour this felt like the biggest risk for both us and Gordon (the promoter). Were we too heavy for an Inn? Would there be anyone there? Well it turned out to be a huge surprise. Following a crappy acoustic person who everybody talked over, we were blown away by the reaction. People dancing and jumping around for the whole set. Air drumming and guitaring. Just so, so good! One of our best ever gigs. After the gig there was a DJ and lots of people tried their hand at drumming along to some funk. At heart, we all just want to hit drums really hard. Can't thank Gordon and his crew enough. Every gig should be this good. Iain ended up in a laundry room. That’s how good. 12th December - Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh We've played Sneaky's a tonne of times and it is awesome. Good crowd and we were excited to be playing with Lady North again who are just brilliant and great guys an all. Good crowd and we had the return of Lady North technical difficulties which is always so good to watch them jam out then lock back into the tune. After the gig we headed to McDonald’ and discussed life and fast food and music. 13th December - Art School, Glasgow We hooked up with the Detour Scotland boys to organise this gig as they are good at that kinda thing. One of the last gigs in the Arty before they knock it down. Such a good space to play. Buddy was back doing our sound so we knew it would beast. And it did. Lady North sounded the best we've ever heard them and Departures just totally ripped it. We set up on the floor and got everyone round us and had an awesome time. It felt nice and warm like a wee nice warm mammal but louder. Has to be said Charlie played a blinder on the merch stall. This allowed us to eat big chips after the gig. Then it was on to Sleazys where things always get messy. New friendships were cemented and a super was toasted...quite a few times.
Photobucket
14th -15th December - Top Secret Recording So we were meant to be recording* some brand new shiz to be released in a non digital manner. But the studio flooded. So it got cancelled which was "a bummer" to quote Iain. *Note: We have now completed the recording. 16th December - The Greenside, Leslie, Fife We drove all the way to Fife in crazy conditions to arrive and be told the gig was cancelled! Leslie was like some ice rink that is free and is handily located right outside your door. The man in the local shop was impressed by the facial hair on show and so ensued a conversation about how beards are cool and very good for insulating your face against the cold and possibly projectile body fluids. We ate Monster Munch and tried not to die on the way back to Glasgow. We didn't. 17th December - The Doghouse, Dundee The Doghouse is one of the loudest places we have ever played and this combined with the fact we were set to play with our friends Pensioner excited us greatly. But the weather got the best of us and we never made the gig
You can visit the band by heading to www.myspace.com/brontoskylift