04|08|09   US Tour: EP Release Show – Madison, WI (April 4th, Day 2)

Madison Skyline.
Madison Skyline.

People always ask us “so where do you play next?” Whenever we would mention Madison, Wisconsin, everyone told us “you’ll love Madison!”, followed by an epic story of drinking and partying. When we arrived in Madison on Saturday afternoon, we pulled up to the house, and I quietly thought: “Oh shit. What have we gotten ourselves into.”

Evan, coming up the basement stairs. I must have seen 5 different people that night slam their heads into the ceiling there.
Evan, coming up the basement stairs. I must have seen 5 different people that night slam their heads into the ceiling there.

The house was your typical all-american student house. Somewhat run down, inhabited by lots of college kids, some of whom lived in the house, most of whom didn’t and were just randomly crashing the floors. We packed out our stuff from the car and awkwardly carried the first load down the stairs into a basement, which, seriously, I could not imagine would ever turn host to the great experience that the night turned into.

After we arrived we just piled our gear in the corner before setting up later.
After we arrived we just piled our gear in the corner before setting up later.

Punk rock. Punk rock?
Punk rock. Punk rock?

For one, everyone who lived there and showed up was awesome. John (Mine, All mine! Records), who’s house it was, and who was playing that night as Pushmi-Pullyu is just such a great guy (it’s the morning after right now, and he’s currently making us pancakes!). John and I had already talked a lot online as we are putting out a split EP together (last night was the release show), so I actually already knew he would be rad, but yeah, hanging out in person and hearing him perform just it all so much more tangible and real.

Evan, John (Pushmi-Pullyu), me, and Myles (Arto).
Evan, John (Pushmi-Pullyu), me, and Myles (Arto).

We met tons of other wonderful people, too. Alex, Josh… the guys from Arto (Jamie, Myles, Cassidy), John and Corey from Pushmi-Pullyu, and heaps of people who’s name I can’t remember, but who are just as real to me in my memory.

Arto + I (Cassidy, Jamie, me, and Myles).
Arto + I (Cassidy, Jamie, me, and Myles).

Another real treat was being able to hear the other bands that night. Arto was freaking stunning. I absolutely adored Jamie’s lyrics and delivery – such a genuine person and performer! Pushmi-Pullyu, too, just blew me away. Pop/ambient/electronica with laptops can so easily fall flat live, but both Corey and John totally delivered and played one gorgeous song after another.

Arto!
Arto! (more pictures on Arto’s myspace page)

John and Corey performing as Pushmi-Pullyu.
John and Corey performing as Pushmi-Pullyu.

When it came time for Evan and I to play, I was already a bit tipsy; not drunk, but you know… smiling more than usual, perhaps. We set up and people started gathering around. The space was tiny, the ceilings so low you could only stand upright in certain places, and there were concrete walls protruding in all the wrong places. We started playing, and it just really clicked for Evan and I.

mark
Mark. (more pictures on Arto’s myspace page)

The people there got really into the show, too, and all night long people came up to Evan and I telling us how much they enjoyed the experience. Evan and I have played a lot of shows together as The Enright House, but I’m not sure it’s ever quite made us much sense as last night. I felt care-free and exhilarated performing all of the new songs, and when it was all over and done, I knew Evan and I had given this show our all.

evan
Evan. (more pictures on Arto’s myspace page)

For the remainder of the night Evan and I both got pretty smashed. Earlier in the day everyone here made “wop” (kind of like a punch on steroids). A little bit of juice, a lot of fruit, 2 massive bottles of Everclear, 4 litres of vodka, and half a bottle of Vermouth and Gin respectively. In addition, bottles of bear randomly floated around for most of the day, and no party in Wisconsin could be complete, I hear, without a proper sized keg. So yeah, we had a keg, too.

The infamous wop.
The infamous “wop”.

Around 3 AM or so we finally crashed – once again I let Evan have the couch and I took to the floor like I had the night before. I slept like shit, but right now, after finishing the pancakes and with a cup of coffee in hand, I just want to do it all again.

Pancakes!
Pancakes!

Thank you so much for putting it all together, John! We’ll be taking countless great memories away from this night. Massive hugs to everyone we met that night! XO

Please note: keep an eye out for the upcoming blog post dedicated to the actual Split EP by The Enright House and Pushmi-Pullyu, where I will also be announcing the winner of the Testimonial write-in contest!


Yay! Check out the new Enright House Shop I just finished making! Even if you’re not the type of person who buys music anymore, do take a look at how pretty and shiny it is! :)

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  • http://mamrecords.com Pushmi-Pullyu

    This show was a lot of fun, Mark! You and Evan were terrific. I can’t wait for our paths to cross again some day. It will happen. Oh yes, it will!

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