Ústí nad Labem w/ Houpací Koně

The great thing about Europe is that many of the cities are very close and not many people seem to want to travel too far. So our drive was about one hour, except for the traffic which turned it into a 4 hour drive. But still… well, that was pretty long, I guess. The entire reason I play in a band is to be a perpetual tourist but this is not going well, since the two things I know about the Czech Republic are that they make the sun go down pretty early and their president likes to steal pens. So you sit in a dark, cold van with steamed up windows looking at huge dark objects pass by – could be an old factory, could be a fallen spaceship or could be some sort of unholy alliance between a grossly irradiated 50ft. wall of toxic sludge and Danzig. One remarkable thing is that we take a chance and stop at this roadside restaurant which features a stage with real alligators and turtles under it. I guess if you are a bad band they feed you to the alligators?
The club tonight is a cool place called Mumie and we are playing with a local band quite well known called Houpací KonÄ›. I’ll be damned if these people and the promoters aren’t all super nice-what is it with all these nice people? Getting fucking sick of it.
Anyway, we have a great time, the audience seems very happy since they hit their hands together instead of hitting their hands on my face. And we are excited because, though a rare event, Blinky Midnight shows up and shows off his djing skills. The dance party has commenced. And a weird soviet style school hostel awaits us with paperwork and weirdness. But whatever, just one night.
PS-We hear in 3 days that there is a big fire in the club and it does a fair amount of damage.

Crocodiles and Turtles
Alligators and Turtles, oh my!
Beastie Boys
Sick of Sandwiches
Mumie
Do It!
Backstage
Screen time
Reel to Reel
Houpací Koně
Showtime!
Stealing the limelight
Trancey
Shoutdown
Blinky is watching
PreLaunch
Katka perpetrates
MidLaunch
Dance floor armeggedon
Petr scolds
Tools of the trade
Petr and Katka
Glamour
Where is the love?
The GLORY!!!
Hospital?
Cold War showdown

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