As hurricane Sandy grips New York and it’s surrounds I hope it’s ok if we recount our recent trip there through pictures. I promise no hurricane puns, we do hope all of our new New York friends and families are ok. Strangely enough in between some stormy days the sun shone strong most of the week we were there.
We had promised ourselves a hibernation period from the start of August to nearer Christmas to continue writing the forthcoming album, but the offer of CMJ along with a couple of Dublin festival dates were too tempting to turn down. It was a great opportunity to bring what we’ve done to date stateside before we go in to record the full band debut album. Our first gig in Manhattan’s lower east side venue, The Living Room, coincided with our 1st year anniversary as a live entity. To celebrate we printed up a limited run of 100 CD’s with the 6 tracks we’ve recorded so far.
You can grab the final copies of that CD at our one remaining Dublin date of 2012 on November 17th in Whelan’s,https://www.facebook.com/events/112219302271089/ We’ll be road testing all of the new songs we’ve written for the first time.
Barry has a more detailed diary of our New York times in writing over on The Point of Everything’s blog at http://www.thepointofeverything.com/2012/10/24/bouts-cmj-diary/
Brooklyn Living- shower whilst frying an egg.
Bouts big bedroom. Bedroom Bouts Big. Big Bouts Bedroom. Sorry, Cabin Fever!
Not that we’d have it any other way. Subway daisy chain. Don’t get lost.
We’ve made it! Our 1st New York Show. The Living Room, lower east side.
The Merch stall. An essential in America. They buy stuff there.
Everything is bigger in America
Paths to Freedom…tower
Highline - West Manhattan.
Setting up at The Bell House - Gowanus. The Joan of Arc drummer was our sound engineer!
Post Bell House gig, pre Colin juicing up on Pumpkin Ale (9%) Turf War set up behind us.
“What have you reduced me to Pumpkin!?”
Barry yawns in the face of athletics and academia. Subway home at “x-am”
Subway ride number #1048
Seriously, where’s Dan?
Barry’s solo tour poster of America taken care of anyway.
Knowing that no matter how many records we put out we will never top a Cookie Monster cupcake with an ACTUAL cookie in his gob.
Look don’t touch.
Perousing the fine print of that sweet, sweet Domino deal.
NYU recording studio, where we were filmed recording a new song, live…
Spike Hill- Williamsburg for the Paper Gardens records showcase. CMJ
A very excited Colin meets Paul Banks of Interpol. Dan fought hard not to ask his wife, Helena Christiansen, to take it.
Niall wouldn’t get excited by such things….WAIT, THE BIG PIANO! Move it kids.
Sunny Central Park stroll. Expect lots of new songs about squirrels and gondolas.
Scored free tickets to MOMA on the last day.
Fans queue up to see us off. “DON’T GO” they cried, many fainted.
Back to the land of *Celtic Mist