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Ru: Like some kind of secret society, the attendees at our Wednesday gig were ushered into the Russian Theatre through a side entrance, under into the bowels of the basement, through the eaves of the main stage, up a spiral staircase and into a small, intimate studio bar, which held, at maximum, 50 people. And they all turned up. An audience of musicians, rock kids and music lovers packed in right up to the stage, really listening and looking into our eyes as we played. It could have been pretty intimidating if we’d bombed, but they really seemed to love it, singing along to an acoustic version of ‘Piva’ and nodding eagerly to the newer ‘Belly Deep’ and ‘Spoons’. It was very different from the intense, punk-rock we usually do, but we had a great time. Afterwards, everyone crowded round to ask us technical questions about our instruments, lyrics and songwriting processes and play us their own music. Seems like we’ve finally found our people in Bishkek.
Travka: We arrived in Bishkek with a lot of ambition and excitement, for me personally its been the one country i was most excited about visiting. After we landed we were picked up at the airport by a cool dude named Vicktor how has turned out to be the ‘dude’ in Bishkek in regards to the music scene. He organised our first gig at a 60s themed cafe that we were a little reserved about, but it turned out to be a great warm up gig with a healthy crowd that was up for some rocking. Our next gig was on a whole another level, playing for Bishkek’s elite at a fancy bar called City Bar. The crowd was stiff, but we looked so chik surrounded by all the mod-deco. Might not have been our best audience, but it was still an interesting experience. Last nights gig at the Pulse Club by far was the best, intimate and with the most appreciative audience. We played a clean, pure acoustic set and it was well received. And to top off the night we had great in depth conversations with the musician dominant audience after. From here on we turn up the volume to 11 with 2 concerts at the legendary Zeppelin Bar, an open air concert and the highlight [hopefully] playing in Osh on Saturday. All in all i find the local people really cool, with advanced knowledge of music and a definite, refreshing European flavour to them.
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