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TOUR BLOG 1 – BUNKED

The cosiness of having my own cheap suite in a budget hotel has now gone, the dark comforts of the bunk have set in and I quite like it. So far I’ve avoided anything intoxicating my blood stream, from bud to mud I’ve said no. One Pina colada is all I had, this wont last. I have to be realistic about myself and a day off is looming, I will run before poison though.

The sun has tried a few tired attempts to brighten the skies but has failed and been mulled and jumped on upon by a bunch of dark grey moody rain filled clouds. It sometimes feels like I have TSAD. Today’s view from my bunk window didn’t really fill me with bright up and at them energy.

Bunk View 1

I’m on a new wanna be swanky bus which has a cheap IKEA naff bling vibe to it. Different coloured dimming lights, a TV that comes up from an invisible slot and fills the whole of the front window etc. The light in my bunk doesn’t work and there is no power in there of which to charge devices. We all need devices right? It’s all European so I miss the sturdiness of the 3 fork UK plugs.

We’ve done two shows so far. One was brand new and some of the processors in a computer decided to bail out for a minute or two, which meant Pollard and I had to ramble at the French audience for some time. They weren’t going anywhere and were sometimes as silent as a stone in a vacuum pack. All was well on the other show in the mess fest of Amsterdam until my guitar sounded like a ten-ton ball of electric wire that wrapped my brain and was plugged into the mains. I couldn’t get monitor man Kev who was dressed as a shark to notice my intense loud problem and when he looked he thought my head gesture meant up, so the level went empire state. That didn’t help and by the time we managed to bring it down to the human ear-viewing platform it was too late and my vibe had been dropped like a wedding cake. The nerd in me was coming out and the fact that the show was top didn’t matter. When you are one song away from the end and something goes wrong it can destroy the whole thing. Is that ungrateful or professional?

So far I’ve watched 3 films. Halloween 4, Halloween 5 and Halloween 6. They are all completely mind numbingly terrible. Why am I watching them? I have brought so many good films with me.

Here’s another glamorous bunk photo from being on tour.

Bunk View 2

I am Dave Pen

WE ARE BODIES

Here is the video to the song Capsize, which is the first single taken from the self titled We Are Bodies album from Robin Foster and myself.

Some of the songs were written a while ago, some were written drinking grog, some were written in an abandoned church, some were written in the car and some were written looking at bats from the top window of Robins Studio.

 

Album Tracklisting:

1-Pressure Compressor 2-We are Bodies 3-Calling Out 4-Capsize 5-Shadows 6-A Light On

7-Under The Sea 8-Guide Me Home 9-War 10-Knife 11-Fake Shelter 12-Replicants

We Are Bodies

We Are Bodies Show Date

The Album is out on March 23rd 2015. More news on this project to follow……..

I am Dave Pen

 

The Quest for Mont Blanc Documentary.

Hello everyone I hope everyone is good and well. 2014 was a fantastic year for this great cause for Trekstock and we are truly thankful to everyone that donated, came to an event and helped us with this amazing journey that was The Quest for Mont Blanc. It was a very successful campaign and we couldn’t have raised the money without all of your kind donations along the way.

Attached here is the Documentary that was made during the Quest. Huge thanks go to the team that made this film possible and to our sponsors Bavaria 8.6 and Simond mountaineering.
The Virgin just giving page is still open and will close on February 1st 2015 so if you can spare a couple more notes then please do donate. Link below:
Thank you again to everyone and I wish you all happiness and good vibes for the future. I am Dave Pen

THE LAST HURDLE

On the train heading to the studio up near Cambridge to do some writing and recording. The sun is flickering and flashing through the trees and windows on the train, that’s a certain way to trigger a migraine. I’ve had to put my sunglasses on, I look a bit like a jackal with my black hat, black puffa coat and now black sunglasses, I have no intentions of starting a fire and I’m not carrying anything illegal. I’ve been on a blog lull of late and haven’t entered anything since the big slab of photographic evidence from The Quest for Mont Blanc. That seems far away now but I know she is still there waiting and taking anybody who chooses to attempt to summit and touch the top of her head. So from the open space way up on top of western Europe’s highest point to the crammed stuffy germ filled carriages of trains zooming to the capital of England. Nobody wants to sit next to someone else, including me if I’m honest and I’ve been carrying the lurgy for a few weeks now. Starting from my nose to my head, then my limbs and now my chest, which is just where I didn’t want it to set up phloem camp. Its hit me hard enough to have to cancel my final endurance test of the year which was my first ultra marathon of forty five miles down on the Dorset coast this Saturday. I’m truly gutted, I wanted to sign the year off with a big test and now I cant and it’s made me itchy and irritable. Fuck you germy virus fucks. Get out and don’t come back no more.

I’m not sure why I’ve not blogged of late, maybe I’ve been doing too much and finding the actual time to sit and write out what’s happened seems like a memory slog . A few random past thoughts are – Touring with BirdPen across Europe was like the miles we covered, some were long and slow and some went quickly and I enjoyed most of the ride, a record new zero funds made on the merchandise in Stockholm, a blown tire on the Autobahn, shady Czech traffic cops, horrible Swiss border Nazi’s, tambourine thief’s in Berlin, chocolate cake in Bern, happy faces at the front of the crowd, serious arm crossers at the front of the crowd, nobody at the front of the crowd. Dancing till dawn, coffee and doughnuts, good luck charms, welcoming promoters, backstage invaders, going deaf and vomiting, needing sleep and needing more sleep. The birds will always find the antennas and we will continue to transmit.

I’m on route to the studio to record vocals and guitars for new Archive material, Darius and I spent a day together last week demoing some ideas which I’m exited about, we then spent six hours watching a world war two three part drama and ate lots of food. Perhaps we were fuelling up for the oncoming fuzz marathon of playing live in 2015. Next year will be full on from what I can see and the new album, which is called Restriction, is out January 2015. It will be great to get it out there on the road. So 2015 will bring a whole wedge packed whack of new sounds. I will have three albums out by the end of spring. Archive – Restrictions in January BirdPen – In The Company Of Imaginary Friends in March and We are Bodies in April of which The Kendal mad man Robin Foster and I just mastered this wonderful album in Abbey road. Always a special place to work and topped off nicely by getting to see Underworld perform live straight to Vinyl in Studio one, what a nice way to celebrate finishing the album. Sometimes my job is truly the best job in the world! I don’t know how I’m going to remember all the words I have written though.

Final words and am gonna close this one, I’m DJ’ing with the Manglebird and a bunch of dear friends this Saturday, then off Warsaw and Berlin for Restrictions playback party’s next week. I have to admit I’m gutted my legs wont hurt, guess I’ll open the sets with Road to Nowhere by Talking heads. I am Dave Pen

THE QUEST FOR MONT BLANC IN PICTURES – BATCH 3 FINAL

A-Helicopter-turned-up A-Light-On A-refuge-with-a-view A-smile-with-safety above-and-beyond Above-it-all And-then-I-could-see-nothing Bed-Number-108 Between-Worlds Bitch-Ridge Black-Mouth Composure Dedicated-to-Sound Don't-go-over-there Down Equipped Everything Full-Frame Fuzzy-Film-Crew Get-across-it-quickly Happy-to-be-home Having-to-Stop Head-Torches-On High-Points High-Sunset Hurcules Into-The-Blue Into-The-Unkown Last-Light Like-nothing-before Little-people-in-the-distance Looking-back Making-my-way-to-the-Hut Man-it-was-Cold Me Mountain-Snack No-Words Oi-Oi Old-hut-in-the-distance Our-Crazy-Crew Pay-Attention Pen-&-Pinto-Gouter-Hut-August-2014 Pen-&-Pinto-Selfie Points-of-Interest real-skyscrapers reserved Safe-Defrost Signs Silence Staring-at-the-sun Steep-Efforts Summit-Prep Team The-Long-Walk-up The-Man---Mr-Rezette The-Man The-Monkey-House The-stuff-our-guides-get-up-to This-is-your-life Time-for-a-walk Wait-here-while-we-get-in-position-for-the-shot White-and-Blue White-Stuff Zee-End

You can still donate to The Trekstock Charity here : http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Archivethequestformontblanc

All the photographs have names, just click on them and you will see what they are called.

Photo credits also to Louis Pinto from this batch.

Next up will be the documentary!

I am Dave Pen

THE QUEST FOR MONT BLANC IN PICTURES – BATCH 2

A-King A-meeting A-place-for-some-zzzz's Always Bad-Weather-Ahead Beyond-the-Black-Hills Borders Breaking-through Closed-for-Business Col-d'Anterne Dave-Wave Des-Fonts Directions Disconnect Dolly- Eyes-of-the-Original-GR5 Falling-Water Forward-&-Thinking Fuel Fully-Booked Getting-on-Top-of-stuff GR5-Rules-ok Green-Hair Guide-me-Home Hard-Ripples He-had-a-Long-Life I-led-down I-see-a-marmot I-see-a-rock-smiling I-see-you I-thought-this-was-High It-started-to-get-cold looking-down Mist-Man Mobile-DJ Moody-Morning No-Cars-Go No-Garmins-here Old-&-New On-the-Road Over-there Peaking Pic-Noir Refresh-Bite Rock Samoens Snotty-Tree Stay-on-the-Path Strangers-on-Ladders Sunday-Moods Take-the-old-school-route The-Electric-Mist The-Way The-Wild-Pinto this-way-and-that-way Time-to-Think Wood-Beast You're-Life-Depends-On-It

You can still donate to The Trekstock Charity here : http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Archivethequestformontblanc

All the photographs have names, just click on them and you will see what they are called.

I am Dave Pen

 

THE QUEST FOR MONT BLANC IN PICTURES – BATCH 1

Buzzing-Cows Bulmers--I-doubt-it Bells Coffee-Salvation Evening-time Dropping-In Do-Not-Eat Destination Cold-way-down Follow-Red-&-White FInal-Frontiere GR5-sign-number-1 Go-Around Free-Lunch I-didnt-see-any-Mammoths Home Hello GR5's GR5-Tree Moody-1 Lunch-view Living-is-easy In-Sight In-each-others-hands Old-&-Forever Need-your-Greens National-Parks Mt-Baron Morning-View Science-in-the-Woods Routes Reindeer-Moss-Moustache Plans,-Snacks,-Drinks-&-Film Old-School-Advertising Sundown-Approaching Steep-Hill Start Point She's-a-Waterfall Seriously-one-of-the-best-meals-i've-ever-had Thoughts The-woods-rules The-GR5-Rules-ok The-1st-Photo-I-took Termite-Towers Wild-Camp We're-going-that-way Watching Through-the-Mist Through-the-BlueYou can still donate to The Trekstock Charity here : http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Archivethequestformontblanc

All the photographs have names, just click on them and you will see what they are called.

I am Dave Pen

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