05|25|08   Tour Diary: Day 2 – Dunedin


[Photo by Roger Grauwmeijer. View entire set.]

All of us actually woke up quite early in Oamaru. We didn’t have far to drive to Dunedin, but this was the first morning where we had actually risen from our sleep being “on tour”. I felt energized and wide-eyed. The day before I arose in the same old bed that I’ve slept in for most of the last few years: a small room, dark, barren, rather unpleasant really. But this morning I was already living an adventure, and I was grateful not be at home. I felt like taking deep breaths slowly; I was glad that it was a bit brisk; I felt freer than usual.

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05|25|08   Simon’s South Island Tour Diary

[I'm totally stoked: Simon just emailed me his tour diary. This is the first time a post will be up on The Enright House that wasn't written by myself. Sweet. So without further delays, here's Simon's diary from our South Island tour:]


[Photo by Roger Grauwmeijer. View entire set.]

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05|22|08   Enright House merch now on trade-me

I suppose it took me long enough, really, but after reading this interesting article (albeit, a bit annoyingly written) this afternoon, I thought – hell yeah, why not! – and put up some of our new shirts, badges, EPs and 7″s, as well as a few copies of our album. If you live outside of New Zealand and fancy buying something off us, just hang tight a wee while longer. We’ll have a proper paypal store up within the next few weeks! In the meantime:

2 1/4″ Badges/Buttons (5 NZD, including shipping):

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05|20|08   Frau Grau

I just stumbled upon Frau Grau’s awesome body of drawings and mixed media work. I’m so into what she is doing! Check out more of her portfolio at www.fraugrau.de. The following work, entitled “There’s a feeling / That lingers in the afterwards / Will you ever return”, is a great example of her drawing style:

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05|20|08   Darkwave = MC Squared at the Arc Cafe in Dunedin

Thank you Roger for shooting this video and sharing it with us!

Prefer to watch the clip on youtube?

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05|19|08   Shaun’s myspace tour diary

After posting the first part of my tour diary (Day 1 – Oamaru) and writing up two posts about planning the tour (part 1 and part 2) I was delighted to find myself not alone in writing about our little adventure – Shaun, too, just published the first part of his own tour diary on his myspace blog: go read the post on his myspace!

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05|19|08   The Enright House and HDU at Al’s Bar 04.30.2008

We’re stoked to be part of HDU’s album release tour, by bringing you the last-ever performance of our acoustic set! We religiously rehearsed the set for almost four months and then took it on a 10-day South Island tour, where we played these songs for hipsters, adults, children and grandparents. It will be hard to part with the wonderful experience of playing these tender renditions, so it will undoubtedly be an emotional farewell.

Not only will it be the last-ever show in this format, but Thomas, our dear friend and former guitarist, will be down from Wellington to reunite us as the same 4-piece line-up that debuted the acoustic set at Camp A Low Hum earlier this year. If you missed us at camp and didn’t make it out during our tour, this is a show I think you won’t want to miss… I mean, for Pete’s sake, it’s a show with HDU, right? Don’t sit this one out if you like our music – you’ll be sorry you did, attract heaps of rancid Karma, and get smashed in the face by a crash-landing flying saucer.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

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05|18|08   Planning our South Island Acoustic Tour – Part 2/3

A lot of people have been interested to learn more about our Stewart Island adventure, so, as promised, here’s the second part of my three-part blog on www.creativesoulchristchurch.com about planning the tour, with more details about our experience on Stewart Island:

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05|17|08   This Monday: EH at Real Groovy in ChCh [5 pm]

Real Groovy, one of our local record stores, is holding a series of instore performances this coming week to honor New Zealand’s music month (an annual “celebration” of New Zealand’s local music).

Anyhow, Simon, our drummer, is away on a school trip this Monday, so Evan and I will be playing the upcoming instore performance as a duo. Evan will be on piano and brushed snare, and I’ll be playing guitar and some accordion. In contrast to the acoustic set we took on tour, I’m actually bringing my looping pedal with me.

In addition to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which we’ve not played acoustically to date, we’ll also be debuting a new “song”.

Aside from the HDU gig on the 30th, this will be your last chance to catch us playing acoustically, and almost certainly the last time you’ll catch me playing an accordion :).

Be there or be triangular.

-M.

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05|15|08   Tour Diary: Day 1 – Oamaru

7.20am? The last time I had been awake this early, I hadn’t yet gone to bed. I had yet to pack everything I needed for the tour, swap my car for my aunt and uncle’s van, organize an A/B switch for my guitar, hire the trailer, bring back a few videos, and pick up Shaun from the airport. I had planned on leaving Christchurch around 12 and arriving at the Penguin Club as early 4 in the afternoon, thus, giving us ample time for a leisurely sound-check.

The first main task of the morning was to pick up Shaun from the airport. I had heard his music on the A Low Hum singles club and caught his set live at camp, so I was pretty certain we would mesh well musically, but I was still a little bit concerned about whether or not we would actually get along on a personal level, as we had never actually talked to each other before. Thank goodness, I took a liking to Shaun almost the moment we bumped into each other at the airport. I don’t know if it was his black-framed glasses, his army parker, his posture, or just his friendly and casual voice, but – as they say – he had me at “hello”.

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05|15|08   Planning our South Island Acoustic Tour – Part 1/3

Recently, we completed our super-amazingly-fun 10-day tour of New Zealand’s South Island.

Here’s the first of a three-part installment I wrote for Christchurch’s new community blog, www.creativesoulchristchurch.com, about how I organized it:

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