Shred Yr Face day 1: the frontline report
Hello from Liverpool, where the winds are gusting through with, well, gusto. As we ready ourselves for day 2 and a fitting conclusion to Liverpool’s tenure as the Capital of Culture ’08, let us recap on yesterday’s events.
The main theme of the day seemed to be by the skin of your teeth: No Age barely made it to their ultimately triumphant (and packed out) in-store at Resident Records, both Times New Viking and No Age had only arrived in the country hours before and it was knuckle-gnawing to see if they would both get to the venue. They did. Sigh of relief!
All three bands brought with them more merch than is plausible to visualise. You don't have to though:
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Pity the poor fool who volunteered to sell it. Oh. That’ll be me then. Bugger.
Popular items? The No Age ‘classic’ tshirt – you know the one I mean… rainbow love. The ShredyrFace tour shirts also flew out like kendall mint cake on a mountain top and the tour prints look beautiful. Oh, and the limited edition 100-only TNV cassette tapes had fanboys literally slavering. DON’T PANIC – THERE ARE SOME LEFT THOUGH.
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Show-wise, Brighton’s Komedia was the perfect place to start, with its lack of barriers allowing fans to get face-shreddingly up close. There wasn’t really an inch to move anywhere near the front half of the venue as everyone strove to gain as much eye access as possible.
TNV dropped a cool set, marking them out as the band-you-really-need-to-get-there-early-to-see. No Age were simply fucking amazing and Los Campesinos pulled out the stops, mixing tracks from the new album with the old favourites. The mood was celebrationary, the bloodstreams were alcohol enthused and the night ended with Beth TNV demanding that this correspondent shoulder barge her over a barrier outside Brighton’s Riki Tikki bar. We declined naturally. Though we reckon she probably would have survived the drop. She’s one tough cookie.
Following that, we all piled onto the bus to play psychic cards (Don’t ask), talk shit and climb into our bunks. All 18 of us. PARTY BUS!
Gareth Los Camp had this to say about the first night:
So hey now. We’re post-Brighton show and headed towards LLiverpool. Okay, so I have this new rule where I’m no allowed to press delertte or correct typos, cos it’s bumpy and shit. We’re playing psychic card games. Currently nobody is psychic, but there’s a long way to go, so we’ll see. “Don’t guess the cwsrd, know the card”. I’m being instructed to cha about how the show went. I dunno, bu currenly there seems to be a real air of FUN with the whole touring thing. Peeps are having laughs and everyone is really lovely. Delicioooous.
Yours in sobriety,
Gareth David Campesinos!
ON THE SHREDYRFACE.com site:
Videos from night one:
Randy No Age on how to sell merch
Los Camp soundcheck new song ‘we are beautiful, we are doomed’
Adam TNV discusses the first night of the tour
No Age instore footage.
Gareth LC! Rates albums in resident records! One second reviews.
From Gareth Los Camp
Constant, mundane but oddly addictive.
Stay tuned and speak tomorrow folks.
The drunken reporter.