August 24th-27th: A Little Bit of Light Tour Leg 3: Queensland - Ben Grounds
24th August 2005
We took the luxury of using an extra day to travel to the Sunshine Coast. We stopped for dinner in a small town somewhere along the New England Highway, at a pub that had only completed the destructive part of a major renovation. Still open for business though. The chef is on forced leave from Northern Sydney, we can only guess why. Owns one of the most descriptive sailor’s mouths I’ve ever heard. Can cook. We share the bar with 2 locals, as scared of us as we are of them, I think. Bar noticeboard advertises topless waitresses, 7 to 9 o’clock. Confirms my suspicions of being in a classy place. Then I realise that’s 7-9AM…Bob Log sang about Boob Scotch, but I bet he hasn’t had a Boob Coffee for breakfast…
25th August 2005, Coolum Sol Bar
Drive, drive, drive. That’s all that’s done today. We talk about embarrassing album-ownings and come to the conclusion that I still own and listen to most of my embarrassments..
26th August 2005, Brisbane Troubadour
We spent the morning at Music@Noosa
practising our licks and paradiddles, sound testing all the latest digital modeling technology. Jared exhibits a drummer’s flair for making loud noise repeatedly. I change my mind 73 times on what my next guitar amp will be. Leave my little old baby never to be seen again, has served me well.
27th August 2005, Coolangatta Hotel
More gear – on the way south we stop off and say hello to Tim from
Tym Guitars, who handmakes guitars and pedals. More gear talk, at least Matt’s influence means we can pretend to know what we’re talking about. I just keep thinking “I don’t know art, but I know what I like”…Tim makes some pretty cool guitars and I add a custom guitar from him onto my wish list.