The last bit of the tour finishes locally for us, but before we can do that we have one last jaunt out west to the ACT to play CANBERRA. We got added late to the Westbank Festival, which is the first big music festival set up by the Canberra Musicians Club in the newly appointed Westbank arts and cultural precinct just over the river from Canbera's CBD. The festival's spirits are somewhat dampened by torrential rain, but luckily most of the venues are indoors! (and massive club venues)
We catch a few other bands on our stage (the Latin/funky stage) and also head next door to see some funky brass bands. We get to where we get our gear in and do some presenting behind some other acts, and discover that Cuzzy's keyboard is not in its case.... so we quickly chat with some of the organisers and some other musos and find a replacement. Tim and Cuzzy drive over one suburb and gratefully pick up the Keys and then everything with the gig goes off without a hitch, we even get some guest percussionists from Raio De Sol Canberra's Sambanista percussion group to finish off big percussion breaks with us in our last few songs. The crowds are down because of the rain, but people still have heaps of fun, and many a tasty Croation beer was drunk (we played the Croation Club's main stage) We stay with the Marsh boys (friends of Mikie & Tay's) which is fun and good to be with friends rather than a rough hotel.
The end of the tour we play a few home shows; at The Beaches with Train, a great Jamaican frontman from Freida's Boss (Syd) who we invited to play with us, and local lekkers Leisure Coasters. Which has a great coastal vibe, the northern Illawarrians approve of the grooves and stick around, where Chuparosa brings it home to some old friends and some new ones. The bar Manager love the set, and is keen to have us back. We back it up the next night with a show at our old stomping ground The Brewery in Wollongong. Gig goes nuts, dance floor madness and lots of new locals coming to see what the fuss is all about. The boys are such a tight, road hardened unit by this gig, but it seems to still have that fun loving, looseness about the presentation of what we do, things go astray from time to time, but now its deliberately and everyone follows. i think the band has matured into living working unit.
Unfortunately the show at the Commercial in Milton is cancelled do to renovations that have to occur, so the final show for the tour is Tomerong Hall on the South Coast. It is a special place, so small but surrounded but creative and musical folks from all walks of life. Like in the day of old, its just a hall, the band puts on the show, we even put on some BBQ foods in the kitchen for sale and for later on, collect the money on the door, and run the PA. Its a little rainy, so we are worried... but we needn't be. We play with Joe Mungovan, and Blueberry Circuit, both a great steady, groovy rise to what ends up being one of the special nights on the tour. The crowd is very mixed, lots of funky groovesters, families with younger kids, middle ages, and probably also some of our oldest appreciators as well. But the night is full of dancing and joy from all ages, and is a magical way to finish off the tour, and is a sell out, we can pay all the support acts well, and we make the rest, and we sell heaps of merch and CDs, some people even want us to sign copies for them! what a great night, and a great end to the first big tour!
Tour Diary Day 14,15 and 16 - Melbourne
After terrorising the good people of Tumut on a Wednesday night by playing Daryl Braithwaite on every jukebox we came into contact with, we rolled into Melbourne to a traffic jam in what felt like 50*C just after lunch on Thursday. We set up camp at a house in Blackburn, it's tight but it is nice to not be setting up camp, we then cruise out to find our first venue Bar Oussou. Its a cool little venue that reminds us of Wollongong's own little music hole Your's and Owls/Rad. Its a small crowd but the vibe is great and the response is good and we even get a few people up dancing. We have a chat to a few people then head a bit further into the city to check out tomorrows venue, have dinner and doughnuts that spin circles (pun intended) around Krispy Kreme.
Friday see's us head into the city. We find an awesome dumpling house in chinatown and then do a spot of shopping. We then head to Fitzroy and load into Bar Open, we meet the cool cats from Agency Dub Collective and have a pint with a couple of mates who came out to see us. Our set goes well apart from Stella version 2 who after downing a whole jug of beer to herself was twerking anything that moved and then some... Agency have a great Set and Sam there drummer splits his snare head in half, a quick save from Mikey and they bring it home strong. We load out and hang with our mates and 2 cool American girls we met in Port Macquarie, we got back at some stage around the 4am mark after much banter and sleep long into Saturday morn.
A market run at lunch time was a bit of fun and while Mikey was getting drum lesson with the drummer from 12 Foot Ninja and Tim was catching up with friends, the rest of the lads took advantage of a music shops closing down sale. We then all packed up our stuff and drove to our last gig on the legendary Lygon st in Brunswick, THE B.EAST. Its a very nice place with an awesome feel and great art on the walls, ceiling and on the stage. The food was amazing and both Cuzzy and Tahiti failed the burger challenge (im sure you'll get to see them on the 3rd Video diary (coming soon)). Agency play first tonight (pictured) and they get the crowd moving, Lotek also does a DJ set, and with such good musical company there are a couple of other mad MCs in the house this night (Morganics & his New York mates) we then hit the stage and have a blast with one of the best sounding gigs for us on the tour so far. We load out and find the nearest petrol station to load up on energy drinks and iced coffee. We hit the road and chase the moon over the horizon and then the sun. After 4000 Klms its just the first of many...
Happy Australia day, we have all had a blast sharing the last month with you since we released our EP. Check out our Tour Video's on You Tube for an insight into Chuparosa and a laugh. Keep Listening to Come Alive on Triple J Unearthed and requesting us on Triple J's Root's and All.
To all our fans we say THANKYOU so much for supporting a bunch of dudes having fun making music, we are very keen for a few weeks off before we playing shows in Canberra at WESTBANK Festival and Honky Tonks, followed by some south coast shows to round out the return on the tour.
Goood times! the video diary part 2 is out, check it out! you may see the Chupaman!...
Well its good to be home for a few days. hope you've enjoyed our tour diary's and our shows on the north coast if you came. Thanks for helping us get our song Come Alive Child to number 22 on the unearthed charts and getting us to 800 likes on good old Facebook.
Tonight after 10 pm if you wanna hear us on Triple J's Roots and All program request Come Alive Child by Chuparosa via text to 0439757555 But make sure you send it after 10pm tonight, fingers crossed. Yeww... See you soon.
Chuparosa Tour Diary Day 9 - Whian Whian
We cruised over to cape Byron to get all eastern and stuff. We had a good time cruising around looking at the beautiful scenery, we could see Sea Turtles and Eagle Rays, and after the obligatory photo at the most eastern point of Aus we headed inland for Whian Whian.
We met up with Matt Elliot (the organiser of the show and another friend of Tim's and we set up our campsite in his backyard. We then got back in our cars and wound our way into the hills to the community hall. It was a beautiful hall, all exposed timber frame and rafters and a tin roof. We set up the PA and lights and dug into some local food cooked by the hall committee.
Miss Jodie and friends was up first they truly warmed up the hall. Then up got Soozaphonk ... Holy Shnitzel, they were tight, they swapped a bass guitar for a Sousaphone (pictured) it was a wicked sound. We got up and did our thing, it was easily the best response we've had outside of Wollongong so far this tour. We signed CD's and met the punters, we then packed up and cruised back to Matt's house. A few beers and we tucked in for bed.
Just about to trek home for a few days and then to Melbourne town for 3 shows. Yeww
Chuparosa Tour Diary - Day 8
We woke up in Yamba and loaded the gear out of the Pub, we then headed down to a Cafe and had waffles and Ice Cream for breakfast . A few games of Backgammon and a couple of rounds of pool and we hit the road to Byron.
We arrive at the Railway Friendly Bar and then head over to the Great Northern to find our accommodation, Its crazy to think what bands could have stayed in the same rooms as us (The Cat Empire, Fat Freddys Drop etc) ...
Then we head back to The Rails and set up. Tonight we have Nicole Brophy supporting us but the venue advises against a solo artist so Mikey gets a CD from her and heads into his car to learn it, while Tim writes out some chord charts with Nicole.
The set is well received and we set up to do our thing. The crowd seems to like our music but we don't quite get the response we were expecting in the first set but they were just being shy and things truly heat up in the second set. It all takes off and soon there is a moshpit full of happy dancers!
We all really enjoy meeting people after the show and are humbled when people come to the merch table to support us. We load out and hit the streets to find out what's happening ... And witness everything from fire twilers to a chick kicking a security guard in the head as he had some dude in a head lock on the ground.
You were something else Byron. Next stop Whian Whian
East Coast Tour Video Diary part 1! enjoy and subscribe to the channel as more videos are to come! Live to the fullest!
Forster - Port Macquarie - Coffs
Chuparosa Tour Diary day 7 - Yamba
After some much needed rest, Tay, Mikey, Tim and KJ had an awesome night at Karnivool and DLC. Eardo caught up on some Fifa, Tahiti started to put together a tour video (up soon!) & Cuzzy worked on his Aussie slang on Wed night. Thursday saw us heading up the insanely beautiful coastline into sugar cane territory, to Yamba.
The location was incredible, on the cliff high above the beach; The Pacific Hotel has one of the most beautiful views possible. After a few headaches we got the P.A. all sorted and relaxed to a good feed. Although the first set was a little slow, as the night went on the bar filled up & once again turned into a great Chupaparty full of dancing and smiles! Another night to remember complete with our first ladymanlady fan that got the dancefloor started!
The Manager also got into the swing of things and in the mood was so exuberant that he shouted the entire band black Sambucas for the second set! what a night, later Timbo and Eardo got up to some mischief and after seeing some locals getting saucy in the ocean pool after midnight, constructed a joyful artwork on the main beach... see the first tour diary video following to see (which Tahiti inadvertently videoed the next morning on his early morning beach walk)
Next stop: Byron Bay...
This was the moment all hell broke loose at Coffs Harbour.... imagine camping on a beach with your compadres, sitting around a campfire, discussing some of the great responses we had been getting on the tour so far, and then listening to your own song come on the radio together!
Monday 13th of Jan 2014, Chuparosa gets its first national radio airplay from Sarah Howells on TRIPLE J's - Roots & All radio show in the first show back for the year!! Since then the song "Come Alive Child" has climbed the Roots Unearthed Charts, from debuting at 11th, climbing to 3rd, then to 2nd!! here's hoping it makes it to No. 1 :)
This vid explains the feeling....