My first real experience with Bristol came when I went there with Billy Bragg about two years ago on his 'Tooth and Nail' tour. I was driving around in old van lent to my by Wicked Campers Europe which was covered in spray paint and had a bed in the back. I figured that I'd tour England like I used to tour Australia when I was starting out- Living in the van, keeping costs low, driving a bit after the gig while I was still on a high from playing and then pass out somewhere on the highway and be halfway to the next gig when the sun came up. It was pretty different to that. Mainly because finding a place to park in England is a nightmare!! In Aus, I would just pull down a dirt road and not see a soul all night. But here even the little country lanes were narrow and full of purposes. Some nights I'd spend so long looking for somewhere off the highway I'd end up in the next city. And that was my first arrival in Bristol. I arrived at 3am, very frustrated and desperate. I drove around the city looking for anything and eventually was so wrecked I just parked in an apartment block and figured I'd bail nice and early in the morning. I was woken up about 6.30 by and angry old man. I apologised and quickly left. I had a good walk around Bristol that day, was amazed to find a surf shop and in the evening we played Colston Hall. It was a great gig, and the merch guy, Simon (lovely bloke) had a friend with an old pinhole camera and he who was keen to take photos of Billy. We got chatting and he decided we should do some photos too. We went down into this 'dungeony' looking place underneath the theatre and took a couple of snaps. That night we went out and had some brilliant local Ales. (it has taken me a while to come around to warm ales but I really have the taste for them now- largely thanks to Simon). Ive fallen even more in love with Bristol since touring with my last sound guy, Joel, who introduced me to the liked of Portishead and Massive Attack. We stood together in the freezing rain at Glastonbury Festival (official) last year watching them headline the 'Other' Stage on the last night! Happy to be back in Bristol at the Exhange on March 3rd. Tickets here;http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F004D7AECF0E8
Also playing is Ché Aimee Dorval.