Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Germany's Ottawa Equivalent & A Garden Show in the Southwest
Left Berlin Monday morning after a power breakfast, but Eric is still a little jetlagged.
Our first stop is Frankfurt (DE) and I have to admit that I don't really care for this city. It reminds me of Ottawa in it's dull, concrete-ness with touch of self-awareness so they plant a few gardens and trees. We've also never had a good time in Frankfurt, whether we're playing a show or waiting for a train. However, this time seemed a little more promising as we were set to play in squat on University grounds - probably the only interesting thing to happen in Frankfurt was the formation of the Frankfurt School based within the University and probably the only reason a squat was allowed to exist on it's turf. This buoyed my expectations, but the show itself remained in the 'just alright' realm. You could look here for pictures of the show that an attendee took. The following is small sampling of the graffiti and a poster found at IVI - I could wax on and on about the politically contradictory holes one finds oneself in when not thoroughly thinking through a strong viewpoint, but I won't.
The morning aftermath was a pleasant and delicious breakfast under a tree and near a wall, this helped me feel the tour will only get better.
We arrived in Esslingen (DE) to find out we would be playing an outdoor show in a really amazing garden-house-thing. Villa Merkel is a gallery that co-produces shows in it's yard with a local youth centre. After last night's show, we thought sound problems would plague us for the rest of the tour, but these dudes knew what they were doing and it was all super.
This is thisquietarmy's set in the still sunlight.
It was dark by the time we played and Eric took this picture.