August 17th-20th: A Little Bit of Light Tour Leg 2: ACT and NSW - Ben Grounds
17th August 2005, Canberra ANU Bar
We rely on our own cars for this leg…it’s making me nervous. Last time we drove to Canberra Jamie blew out a tyre, and this time he tells me the car’s running only on 3 cylinders…Ross, too in uncertain…On the way back he gets pulled over by a policeman in rural Southern Highlands. The law asks, with much doubt:” Is this car registered?” then with disbelief: “Sir, have you got a license?”
18th August 2005, Wollongong, Oxford Tavern
This turned out to be a really good show for us – we could hear everything properly onstage and we played well. There weren’t hundred of people to see us do that, but it was still fun. I spent half the night catching up with everyone, this being what could be called my hometown show. Unlike previous Wollongong shows, though, no calls to “Give Groundsey back!”
19th August 2005, Sydney, Annandale Hotel
We had a very long soundcheck, and anyway it sounded totally different the sound when during the set. We had many technical difficulties – starting when my strap broke during the first song (Dream Audit, which we’ve been opening with lots and we like a lot!). I kept playing and mouthed the words ‘gaffer tape’ to Ant. He gave me a nod, dropped everything and gaffered up the strap, while I kept on playing. Jamie reckons it was very Spinal Tap!
20th August 2005, Newcastle, Cambridge Tavern
We begin today with sadness, as it is Karl’s last show with us. He obviously has gotten entirely the wrong impression of us, as he says he thinks we’re nice guys… I’ve quite enjoyed his solo appearances.