White City @ True Brew Studios, Lahore, Pakistan, a set on Flickr.
Ru: we’re on our second day in the studio today and we’re making good progress on 5 tracks – some new, some old favourites. Bass and drums are down and Travka’s currently sweating out some licks, while myself and Andronik languish in the control room.
All things being well, we’ll record Perfect 10, Last Plan, Petrol Sucker, Spoons and Space Cadet. We’re working with the talented, not to mention bright and bushy-tailed, Jamal at True Brew studios, a hang out for some of Lahore’s music scene talent. As much as we love Kabul, it’s such a difference to be able to record in a proper studio with good equipment. We’ll keep you posted with videos and tasters of the outcome.
Travka: This was a cool guerilla gig, we were told by loads of people you will not be able to play in Tashkent, you WILL be arrested if you tried. Even when we were walking to this park we must have passed 100 police on the streets at different locations. But for some magical reason they never interrupted our little gig. WE played for an hour, jammed with locals and probably had 30-40 people getting into it. Even when we yelled out Police come and bust us!” they still didn’t come…. We love Tashkent.
Travka: We played the VM bar on our 2nd night in Tashkent, the bar was a biker and snow-boarder hang out and had some great interiors. Thanks to the help of Tyler and Dimitri we had some sound system brought in. The crowd was a 100 people strong and were well drunk by the time we came on stage. We even had a few people from Kabul in the crowd. We played a good stinking pub gig and the crowd appreciated it. Here are some pics, lads:
Travka: During our stay visit in Almaty we also had 2 gigs at an awesome rock club called Zhest, for the best venue we have played in since starting this tour, if not the best venue White City has ever played in. They have a raised stage that sits over the bar. The owner Alex has set the place up real sweet with good amps, lighting and even a smoke machine. Both nights we had healthy crowds and support bands that helped us to warm the crowd. The only challenge was that we didn’t go on stage until 1 am, so we had to be diligent and keep sober until then. The crowd really enjoyed our music and many commented that all they got was metal in Almaty and they were refreshed to hear something ‘new’.
Ru: Our gig home for the next two nights was Zhest. It had a raised, 360 degree stage, surrounded by the bar with strippers on poles. It was very Dusk til Dawn. One of the ‘go-go girls’ (a Russian, who was born in Uzbekistan) fell in love with me and would not leave my side all night. I am now wearing her favourite bracelet and have, so far, not
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Andronik: Since we want to play in each Stan, we decided to call together a bunch of Kyrgyz friends and fans to the Turkish restaurant “Kebabistan” in Bishkek, for a farewell dinner and spontaneous gig. After some good kebabs, beers and Kyrgyz champagne, we got our semi-acoustic gear set up and did a few classic white city songs. Our friends loved it and sang along, while the staff were caught between excitement over the novelty of a band playing live in their restaurant and anxiety over what their neighbours might say. We were only told once to lower the volume, was a nice way to end our pleasant stay in Kyrgyzstan. We´ll be missing lovely Bishkek and Osh and all the nice people we met!
Andornik: And here, some pics from our gig at ID Pulse Club, Bishkek, 22 April 2011. The first time we played here a week earlier we did a rather mellow semi-acoustic gig, so this time we decided to challenge the crowd with a fully amplified heavy performance. The gig took place in conjunction with the art & music fusion festival arranged by the Bishkek Russian Theatre, and constituted the heavier fringe part of the festival. while the Bishkek establishment listened to Indian classical music in the big theatre hall, the younger and punkier part of the crowd found their way up the spiral staircase to the 3rd floor of the theatre where White City and our support-act “Stein Ram” (primarily doing Ramstein covers) rocked the building and got the slam dance going
Hey folks! Check out our performance at the Music Museum in Dushanbe, Tajikistan last week. Big thanks to supporting bands and the crowd! Was great fun!