We were invited to give an interview and play at Channel 5 in Kyrgyzstan last week. Check it out!
Ru: We arrived at a run-down industrial estate complete with decrepit, crumbling walls and broken glass over the steps for our first Bishkek radio interview. Ushered through what looked very much like a prison door, we crowded into the groaning lift and were transported to the wholesome, sunny world of Bishkek OK radio. Run by American ex-pat Wes, a lovely man who’s been here with his wife for 17 years, he’s been broadcasting the English language station to the city for most of that time, playing an ‘everyone’s invited’ mixture of classical, jazz and rock to the masses. We did a short interview about the tour, where we came from and gave him an exclusive first – a rendition of our new song, Honey Goliath on acoustic guitar. Plugging the rest of our gigs in Bishkek (see our previous post) to the world, we speedily ran off to soundcheck our next gig at the Pulse club.
Ru: Only slightly shaken by the rickety ride into Kyrgyzstan over the Pamir mountains on a 40 year old Antonov plane, we cruised into Bishkek and straight into a press conference with local journos. Okay, it wasn’t exactly packed, but the handful of hacks that turned up were really keen to hear about what it was like to be a rock band in Afghanistan. Possibly to our surprise, what came out of our mouths was pretty positive. We smiled at each other as we realised what a cool music scene with have in Kabul with Afghan kids like Kabul Dreams and District Unknown making rock music alongside us. We also put out the message to the Kyrgyz kids that we’re not only playing for ourselves, we’re also looking for talent to bring to Afghanistan later this year for the country’s very first rock festival. Stay tuned, folks.