“Never mind the darkness
We still can find a way
‘Cause nothin’ lasts forever
Even cold November rain”
November weather sucks. It’s far too cold which limited my sightseeing walk through Budapest to only a couple of hours with lots of stops in cafés (in one of which the Guns’n’Roses clip of ‘November Rain’ played on a little tv in the corner). It’s a scenic city, perfect for long walks even if you’re as hungover as I was yesterday after the Bootleg Balhe party at the Merlin.
I put some photos up at http://www.evemassacre.org, in the ‘pictures’ section. Here are some of those:
Krisz aka Popbitch, our host and his heavily moustached mate were djing first and I just thought ‘wow – how’s this going to build up?’ when I heard them starting the night with tunes I wouldn’t play before prime time. Fool that I was, I didn’t know how much the people there love to party. The club, Merlin, was pretty big for what I’m used to – Krisz said it’s a 700 people venue – and although I’m often no big fan of big venues this one is truly nice. You walk up a wide flight of winding stairs to get to a great spacious chill area with a big bar where we ate earlier that night.
After dinner Krisz wisely loosened our tongues with some bitter herb schnaps called Unikum before he took us to a radio station where we were interviewed and Holestar sang a cool live version of one of Dunproofin’s finest bootleg mixes: Bloc Party + Pussycat Dolls. On the ride back to the venue I started feeling tired from all the food and drinks and heated air. I had basically not slept at all before I got up at six in the morning to get to the airport in time. I was so tired that I hardly remember any details of the flight to Budapest but only that the wait for the luggage seemed endless and that you really got to have strong nerves to not let the overpresence of all that security crap at all the airports now spoil your mood. It seemed like heaven when a nice guy called Simon awaited me outside and had a taxi driving directly to the hotel where I sank straight into the cushions and slept for four hours.
After the radio thing we chatted a bit backstage and soon it was time for Julie to turn into Holestar. I went back to hotel to get my headphones and an aspirin and when I came back the venue had filled up and lots of people were dancing. I couldn’t help laughing when after a couple of hours of electronic dance music peaking in a Daft Punk tune suddenly the DJs put on Twisted Sister’s “I wanna rock” and Yngwie Malmsteen and Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. I love such ridiculous breaks. Then Holestar entered the stage and the crowd went crazy for her show. It was really good. I love the way she cheers the crowd up and all. Strangely enough this didn’t put me under pressure and I wasn’t excited at all but just enjoyed myself when it was my turn to take over. It was great. Can’t say much about the set but that it was serious fun to play to such an enthusiastic crowd. The people were so up for the music, it was amazing. I couldn’t stop smiling. Thanks for everything!
I wish I knew a bit more about Hungary, it feels a bit ignorant to travel to another country knowing hardly anything about it. It was good to get at least a few bits when we chatted with Krisz before the night started.
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I’ve finally managed to put up pictures of two more nights, you can look at all of them over at www.evemassacre.org in the picture section, here are just a few:
Sophisticated Boom Boom at the K4, Nürnberg on the 9th of November:
The smoking ban suuuucks!
And pictures of Daniel Higgs (31st of October 2007 at the K4):