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Whitby review

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Got back from Whitby last night, after a long and fun-filled weekend…

Got up early on Friday to finish packing our gear. Poor Volker had to get up at 3.30am to get a plane from Hamburg to Manchester. Andy picked him up there at some ungodly hour while the rest of us hit the road to Whitby. It’s a lovely drive out to there, I love the North Yorkshire moors. We arrived around 12.30, well in advance of the 13.00 load-in time. Unfortunately soundcheck didn’t then start until after 15.00, so we mooched around for a bit at the Pavilion just taking in the vibe.

The PA was very harsh in the mid-range, leading Bob to have to do some serious EQ-ing on the desk, but we got it sounding half-decent. Monitoring was a bit of a pain, but we’ve had worse there too. So we got it all sounding ok and headed off for our hotel in the delightful village of Robin Hood’s Bay to try to get a little sleep before the show. Unfortunately in my room the heating was broken (do we see a pattern here?). This time it was jammed full on, so the place was like a sauna, even with all the windows fully open. I managed to get an hour’s nap, then we headed back to the show.

Got onstage just after 23.00 and I think we rocked out. Felt like a bit of an uphill struggle though, it’s always so hard when we play in the UK. People seemed to really like it, though English Goths don’t tend to jump around much.

We ended up queuing for (not very good) pizza at about 3 in the morning, then headed back to hit the sack.

Next stop: Brazil!

pics roundup

Monday, October 29th, 2007

The gug_ru LiveJournal community has a list of places where you can find recent CX pics. I want to post some more here, but until then check out this list.

rehearsing in the cold

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

It’s getting really cold here in Manchester, and Paul, Andy & I have all been at CXHQ for the past couple of days rehearsing for the Whitby show (Volker is still stuck in Germany until Friday). The rehearsals are going great, but the heating system has broken down here, so we’re freezing. Oh well, at least the music sounds hot :-)

Hopefully we’ll have the heating fixed tomorrow, until then we are huddling round a couple of electric heaters eating curry to stay warm…

Sao Paulo flyer

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Sao Paulo 07 frontSao Paulo 07 back

Sao Paulo date changed!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

We’ve just changed the date of our forthcoming show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It will now take place on November 30 – so if you’re planning to go, make sure you keep that in mind!

We’ve been rehearsing for the Whitby show and it’s sounding good, though we had to do less than we anticipated owing to me catching the flu and being unable to sing for a week :-(

On the positive side however, we might be doing a small secret warm-up show the night before Whitby, somewhere in the North of England. If you’d like to go, leave a comment and we’ll make sure to let you know where…

Rodney appears in the new Pet Shop Boys video

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Rodney (accompanied by CX live mixer Bob & merchandising person Cathryn) is in the video for the new Pet Shop Boys single Integral! You have to watch carefully, but you’ll see him flicker past near the end. Here’s a still from it:

Rodney PSB 2

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