Hello fans of Beyond The Black,
It’s been a while but we’ve been on a roadtrip. We went up to Auckland to film for an interview on Juice (The Metal Bar) and decided to do a giveaway tour on the way. It was an awesome trip so I’ll just share the highlights with you.
First stop was in Palmy. There were a fair few metalheads walking The Plaza and it was easy to spot them (band T-shirts and long hair usually). Met a rather apathetic group (it was 10.30am in the morning so who can blame them) and then a really energetic bunch of people who were keen as anything to win tickets and tees. Did an interview with Terry McIntosh for Manawatu Metal and it went really well. I even admitted that I wasn’t a true metalhead (shock horror!!) but I think it was edited out. Good job :)
Hawkes Bay was fun. Dudes did some cool posing and climbing poles to win tickets
. It was pretty dead in the centre of Napier and we would have loved to have gone crazy with the general public. Next time perhaps.
When we got to Auckland (via Tauranga - don’t ask) we had a ridiculously rude dude checking us in at our hotel. I was annoyed. I was so annoyed that I thought of nicking a towel. Then I calmed down and thought of nicking a handtowel. Then I realised that I didn’t have the balls to nick anything so I had a cup of tea. Still, I totally took 2 really long showers so that’ll teach them.
Auckland is a funny place. I’m not sure if you are aware of this already. The weather freaks me out and I really didn’t plan for extreme downpours going to sunny going to rain again so I got pretty wet. It was fun hanging in Aotea Square while it was sunny and getting our fans to headbang right in the middle to win some t-shirts. Good stuff.
The highlight of the trip for me was hanging out with one of my music hero’s Paul Martin. I used to listen to The Axe Attack when I was much younger (and now too) and remember thinking how cool he was. He really is cool and so generous. He knows good music when he hears it and I’m glad we’ve got his full backing on Beyond The Black. He truly believes in our project and we wouldn’t be where we are right now if it wasn’t for him. He’s also bloody funny and that’s cool too.
There must have been some more whitty stuff in there somewhere. I’ll have a think on it for a sec. The following stories may be real or I may have made them up in the last 2 minutes. Either way, I’m still cool.
Oh yeah, there was this one time when we hung out in Maccas for nearly 3 hours because we had nothing to do and wanted to use their free Wifi and do work and I was so tired that I was all zoning out and then there was a fetus inside my milkshake (I may have made that bit up).
There was this other time when we decided that we were boycotting Hamilton (just for a few hours, don’t worry) so much so that we kept refusing to take any turnoffs there on our way to Auckland and then ended up in Tauranga. That’s what happens when you boycott Hamilton and let that be a lesson to you all.
There was another time when we bought Weetbix for breakfast because we are forward planning females (and I’m a Jew) and we realised that of course the hotel didn’t have bowls so we put our Weetbix in cups and then poured over their ridiculously tiny milk things. It was basically like eating dry Weetbix and pretending to be a giant with a tiny bowl situation and it wasn’t that cool. Still, the comic value is priceless right now.
Totally wafting now so gonna go. Updates on festival:
- Buses getting sorted to take people from around North Island to Festival
- Tickets now being sold at Music Machine Napier and Music Works New Plymouth
- Last two acts being finalised (this has been a bit like eating Weetbix out of a cup)
- Stage and backline getting booked as we speak
- VIP room goodies being sussed
- Promo video nearly completed
- Still waiting ridiculous lengths of time for some people to get back to us
- Tickets selling very steadily which we like a lot
That’s it for now my dears. Check out our YouTube channel for videos from our roadtrip: www.youtube.com/beyondtheblackfest
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