update and photos by Shawn King
That first day was a bit delirious but it was too beautiful to waste, so Tom and Jeanie and I weaved through town along the waterways. Then in the eve some mutual friends with Bright Eyes invited us to come down at a posh club downtown in Zurich to see the show, finally getting to catch their show after crossing paths so many times. And they sounded amazing. It was a surreal way to end a long-ass travel day or two.
Nick and I were just talking about how rock folklore tells you that you’ll get treated like a king when you come over to Europe and that probably originated from people doing shows in Switzerland. Last night was the most amazing setting for a festival — up in the alps on the side of a mountain that’s accessed by a tram and brave hikers.
Sergio busted out the sax for the 1st time on ‘Contrabanda’ last night; super fun to play horns at the intro even if it’s just a flash. We’ll get it tighter in the next few nights. I don’t even think he’s seen the “Careless Whisper” video on youtube yet…
The Go! Team lit it up and closed the evening — I’m a sucker for 2 drummer bands.
I love how the promoter said the Swiss feel they have to spend extra time on details, and dedicate themselves to getting everything right from the food to the sound so they can ‘get an emotional reward’. I won’t talk too much shit, but how many US city-fests can say that?
Now it’s raining like crazy but no one seems to mind as we soundcheck here at the chic Gessnerallee Theaterhaus. We had to pause during soundcheck so that the horses who live next door could return to the stables.