That’s a wrap on Action Beat + G.W. Sok/Opening Bell U.S. tour! Thanks to friends, new and old, for making this month a constant barn-burner. Too good!
Here is the crew celebrating one final night in Queens, before heading home on planes & trains…
From the desk of our man G.W. Sok, as tour comes to a close:
“USA, DAY TWENTYFOURFIVESIX (July 24-25-26th)… After finishing our 23-shows-in-23-days US tour of Action Beat + G.W. Sok together with fellow-travelers NY-trio Opening Bell, we straightaway went into the studio for three days to record a new album… The 3&ahalf new songs which we “practised” during the tour, plus 6&ahalf new ones which we coughed up on the spot, with most lyrics written during the tour… After less than two days we were ready… What happened!… Most stuff done in one, two takes, a few small repairs, and BAM!… By the end of Monday evening faster-than-a-speeding-bullet-engineer Seth of the magnificent Machines With Magnets studios in Providence RI, was ready with the mix… Today, Tuesday 26th, it’s 12 AM: our eyes are closed (a little sleepy perhaps?) and our EARS WIDE OPEN (fully awake, yes!) while we listen to the gawddamn AMAZING result… Yeeeee-Haaaawww!… TOUR DOGS Special delivery straight from heavenly hell… that is: New York, Philly, Washington DC, Baltimore, Richmond, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, Dallas… that’s us, fellas… traveling around in the Underground Scenery of Anothermerica One drummer missing, arrested in the UK, tour hasn’t even started yet… then sun blasts, heavy rains, and a series of seriously t-r-o-u-b-l-e-d vans long drives, short drives… and all the time loading in, loading out, waiting, soundcheck, playtime… yes food, no food, fast food, slow food… yes sleep no sleep, roads roads roads and more ROADS… One troubled van now unsurprisingly unsurrealistically fucked up… think fast, think not, burn rubber, on the double one apartment, one floor, seven bodies, and dogbeds, two sleeping-bags, and one family flee couch… juice, water, beer, weed, coffee, “coffee”… bagel, burger, donut, diner… Smelly clothes, a stolen backpack, occasional showers, a van-change, a smelly shirt change one guitarist heading home, due to family illness… and then there were six… and too much change in the pocket, fuck it a traffic jam? terrific man and meanwhile trouble in the US of A a certain kind of malice in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Dallas… we’re just passing through, though, but we’re concerned, and worried, and so are the people we meet and yes, this music IS bringing us together… for worse, or better… rough, hypnotic, jagged a noisy, chaotic, vital racket… with sometimes even louder miles per hour… who cares, hurray… hear! hear!… and we’re only HALFWAY here… and so, what’s left?… right! Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Binghamton, Portland, Boston, Providence… unlock your ears, and hear it come, for here it comes… the amazing noise of the Bletchley Boys… Tour dogs! (misprint, baby: tour gods…) ”
MORE SOON from Action Beat, GW Sok, & Opening Bell so…watch…this…space!!