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Waiting for the train

A blog from July I forgot to post:

As said in previous blogs I always end up getting a really nice plush hotel room when I have only a matter of hours to collapse on the bed in my clothes and head to the land of nod for a far to short a time. This was the case after BirdPen’s performance at the Les Ardents Festival in  Liege , Belgium. We haven’t played any festivals this year and this is our only major one this year. Accompanied by two deaths and a black umbrella for Only the names change we put in a full intense and fuzz filled BirdPen show to an early but enthusiastic crowd. So many ideas roar inside my head when in the BirdPen world and the gel of the band has really come together playing live. The energy is always at 100 percent and as soon as the first notes are played every stress or troubled frustrated thought seems to drift away.. I’m not being romantic with this here but it is the truth and that’s how I feel and this is my blog so I can write what I like . We are still trying to get Global Lows out which is frustrating but the fact that we played that festival without a manager without a publisher without a record label without a press agent without any financial backing. Armed with just a booking agent who believes in what we do makes it even more special, because I believe we where there on our own merits. Things get done because of belief and thanks to a few people that have believed in what we do, we have and can accomplish so many things.

My eyes feel so heavy, I arrived at the train station at 7.40am thinking I had plenty of time to get the 8 am train to Paris via Brussels from Leige.. I waited in line until 8.07 before I got a ticket direct to Paris that would be leaving at 9.49. Now I’m writing this trying to stay awake before being asked many more questions from journalists about the new Archive album. Simple love songs but done in a very un orthodox way. Processed crunchy beats like a machine with a broken heart. I’m writing this whilst the video to Roxette’s “It must have been love” is playing on the TV screen in the coffee house I’m sloped and typing in. Love songs huh? These Danish eighties haircuts don’t even come close to Conflict, or Wiped out…(They are new Archive songs by the way) and With us until your dead is a great album and I’m looking forward to it’s release.

The woman serving in the coffee house has a haircut from the eighties, big with lots of chemical hairspray with a splash of red on the front.. Proper European, time warp and timeless buffon hair do. Where are the shoulder pads to match? And Joan Collins?

There’s a spider crawling along the woman’s bag who is sat in front of me, I don’t like spiders at all. Never have done and never will, I wonder if they the most feared of creatures by human beings on this planet.

My head feels warm, my eyes feel heavy and this seat is aching my ass. I hope the slugs haven’t eaten my lettuce back home in the garden.

Good morning.

I am Dave Pen


7 responses

  1. Catherine

    :))) Don’t like spiders and NEVER will at all! Many thoughts & “courage”,now you leaved this coffee,hope !;) Trains in Belgium…no comments. All my wishes for BirdPen (addict to!!) Love TOOOOO MUCH Thanks for what you do……Wishing you the best:you merit!!! Awesome sound Awesome Dave !

    July 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

  2. Jeff ( Selway2)

    Dave, being in “les Ardentes ” was a real positive performance in BP’s career. So many extremely good feelings from the belgian folks (press or simply curious people ) make me think that forthcoming shows will be warmly welcomed . Global Lows (high quality record) deserves a massive spread all over Europe ….we all are awared of that ! Keep your energy and as Roxette always said ” you’ve got the look ” 😉

    July 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  3. andre nowak

    Why are you people so mean and ungrateful to spiders ! I like spidres and respect them very much as incredible lifeforms, cleaning restless the insect world ! Never kill spiders again, please!
    Is Global Lows still available in Fr ? Longue vie à BirdPen ! Think positive Dave ! trust the future and keep on fighting !

    July 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

  4. Olly Lewin

    Dave. I keep seeing this bloke that looks like you being amazing in front of more than 12 people. How life has moved on…or stayed the same.
    If you ever come back to Southampton let me know and I’ll invite you round for something grown up.

    August 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

  5. kattarzyna cynamonova

    I found your blog a few days ago – what a warm place on the internet.
    There are so many interesting thoughts in your head, mr. P. Even if my english sucks, I’m going to read all your posts.

    may this day be good to you.

    August 21, 2012 at 11:21 am

  6. Michael


    I’ve just heared an incredible song…..The Empty Bottle. I know this is not the subject, but I just want to scream this is the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard. You’re just incredible. I discovered it maybe 18 months ago on a french radio. I bought the video clip on ITunes, witch is incredible too. There’s some magic in the way you sing it. I’m french, so I don’t have the vocabulary in english to express what I felt, but you gave me so much peace and hapiness, just by singing this song. Thank you so much. Please keep going like this.

    August 25, 2012 at 2:36 am

  7. Dave…

    Such various thoughts are crossing your mind ..days and nights..Small details are the main points..I paid attention to.

    For record…Roxette isn’t Danish…but Swedish:)Dont make fool of 8O’s bands;)please..I know that you like Television and Marquee Moon.;)

    Here it is a surprising side of Sweden…Feel free to listen to, even if they belong to “80’s”..

    Look after you and your…sleep.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

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