TAXIRIDE INDIA TOUR DIARY. DAY ONE SUNDAY 28/05/06

Started the tour with an early Sunday morning flight out of Melbourne onto Singapore for a 4 hr stopover, indulged in some duty free shopping, to buy stuff we don't really need, then boarded overnight flight to Mumbai.


TAXIRIDE INDIA TOUR DIARY. DAY TWO MONDAY 29/05/06

Arrived Mumbai at midnight full of excitement. Didn't get our luggage & gear till 2am, hooked up with Craig from our record company and fought our way thru the airport with our first introduction to India….the masses of people…everywhere……initial culture shock survived… On the way to our Hotel, I couldn't believe my eyes, the contrast of lives was so overwhelming. Huge luxurious hotels on one side of the road and literally thousands of people sleeping on the footpath, on the other. This is the other side of the story you don't see on Getaway… Got to hotel by 3am and crashed.

Woke early thanks to jet lag and took a walk to discover our surroundings. Had breakfast at the Taj Hotel & went over to the Gateway of India, a beautiful monument built in 1925 by the Brits.

Tim was blessed by a holy man & we met some locals that followed us around for the next 3 hours…..We met Sasila, a 14 years old girl who was wise beyond her years. She spent her days working the tourists. We offered her some money for showing us around she refused so we took her to a grocery store and bought her some food instead. The groceries cost about 10 times the amount that I first offered her….aaaah clever girl! She got back on a train to take the food back to her family. But good karma was not on my side cause I continued to get ripped off every time I opened my mouth for the rest of the day.

Found a Tabla for 300 rupees (about $10), which I was later told was only worth 50 rupees. I didn't mind too much till I got back to my room and it smelt like someones arse…mmm solution….put it in the fridge that'll get rid of it! This place sure is amazing. Went out for dinner with friends and met some crazy British Navy dudes, had a few drinks then crashed for the night.


TAXIRIDE INDIA TOUR DIARY. DAY THREE TUESDAY 30/05/06

The talk around town is that the Monsoon season will start today, this means 2 to 3 months of serious rain. I could use it right now. It's absolutley stinkin' hot today, about 85% humidity. That didn't stop us. Today, the mission is to buy some Indian instruments. A Sitar and Tabla, preferably without the stench.

Shawn [from our label] took us to some CD stores to check out some local acts and show us the huge billboard advertising our gig on Thursday. The stores were great fun and so supportive with a life size cut out of the band! We thought we'd get a quick photo until a security guard said "no pictures allowed". The look on his face was priceless when he finally worked out the 'cut out' was us. Got a few CDs including a band called Pentagram, the support act for tomorrow nights show.

Found an instrument shop and after endless demo's and haggling, walked away with a some great percussion instruments and a pro Tabla set, which sound amazing.

Started interviews today, in a taxi, of course, with a hip young journo from India's biggest station NDTV. Tommy, Tim and I cramped into the back of a mini 1961 Fiat, a cameraman, the journo and the driver. The temperature must have been around 50 degrees in that cab as we all poured in sweat. Imagine for a moment millions of cars, no lanes, thousands of cyclists and buses….complete madness….narrowly avoided dozens of accidents whilst answering questions…(Now I have an answer for a commonly asked question,"what's the strangest taxiride you've ever had?")… got pulled over by the police for having too many people in the cab, when he realized we were doing an interview for tonights news, he was cool and we even got a photo with him.

Went to an awesome Indian restaurant/bar, had dinner & drank a few beers and tequilas, danced to some indian hip hop & lots of laughs. Once outside, the locals were right, the Monsoons had well & truly arrived.


TAXIRIDE INDIA TOUR DIARY. DAY FOUR WEDNESDAY 31/05/06

Woke up to rain I'd never seen or heard before in my life. I've been to a tropical place or two, but never like this, coming down in sheets. The streets [and our rooms] are filling with water. It's absolutely unbelievable.

Today we are doing a day of press interviews for the shows. We move from our modest hotel to a 'serious' 5 star establishment with full on Sgt Peppers-dressed doorman. We set up by the pool for about 5 hours of interviews & photos. Very strange going back to questions on the band name etc, but starting over is quite refreshing and seems to be going well, the buzz around town is rocking. The album is being received really well and they are playing our songs on VH1 and MTV every 15 minutes.

Meanwhile the sky's really dark and scary looking, with lightning breaking all around us. It looks like a movie. Intense lightning, thunder and continuous pouring rain. When a smack of massive thunder cracked right over Tim & I we both leaped into the air and shat ourselves….words cannot describe it.

Tonight went out for traditional Indian grill with our record company. All sorts of tandoori and chicken and seafood. It was great to get to know them and talk about our gigs that start tomorrow night. They told us how Indian audiences love their music loud, hard and rock, so we're getting amped up for the gig. I didn't know it at the time, but the prawns would prove to be a very bad idea….


TAXIRIDE INDIA TOUR DIARY. DAY FIVE THURSDAY 01/06/06 MUMBAI SHOW

A soon as I woke up, I knew something was very wrong. My stomach was twisted in knots, I was dizzy and freezing cold. I thought it would pass, but it didn't, it got worse, much worse. I couldn't believe the only (half) Indian out of a group of Aussies gets the stomach bug.

I got through about 2 hours of interviews before I couldn't hold anything down, not even a sip of water. My only thought was the show tonight and how I was going to get through it. I made it to the sound check feeling pretty green. I bailed and rested in the hotel for a few hours before the show, shivering in 36 degree heat. I had no idea how I was going to make it through the show without vomiting….

The club is called Velocity with a soaking wet red carpet leading up an industrial maze Freddie Kruger would feel at home in. We followed the VH1 signs to a room packed to the rafters with some of the coolest hard rockin' fans ever. They were there to party and we were there to play a kick arse show.

We opened with 'Oh Yeah' and the joint was shaking and it pumped for another hour and a half. The band and the crowd went off . I made it through the gig but went straight back to the hotel. I felt so dehydrated that I went into a bit of shock, called in a doctor who medicated me to the eyeballs, eventually sending me off to la la land….

Best & worst day ever!


TAXIRIDE INDIA TOUR DIARY. DAY SIX FRIDAY 02/06/06 BANGALORE SHOW

Lobby call 4:30am for a 6am flight to Bangalore. Feeling heaps better apart from slight sleep depravation and migraine from the dehydration. I threw all my stuff into my suitcase and laboured downstairs. All the guys were down there already and the 2 hours sleep made them all look and feel like I did.

Arrived in Bangalore and checked into our hotel. I had my appetite back which was a bonus 'cause I lost a couple of kilos yesterday……did some interviews and went to this motorbike store called 'Apache'. They were sponsoring the tour. We got to give away an Apache Bike to a really cool guy who won our competition….you should have seen his face…he was so happy!

Then we headed to the venue, a massive outdoor stadium known as the Palace Grounds. This was going to be huge…did a quick sound-check and the stage sounded great. They were expecting between 2 and 10 thousand fans depending on the rain….I cant wait…

Back at the hotel I treated myself to a massage.... exactly what I needed to get ready for the gig. On the way to the gig the skies opened up, it felt like rain is coming up from my feet…arriving at the venue to mayhem….the place was going off!

The support acts were great. The first band we saw called Perusia and the other was Psynaps, also a great little rock band. I really wanted to make up for last night….I feel great and have no excuses. We hit the stage like an explosion. There was about 7000 fans and they were going ballistic. Again we opened with 'Oh Yeah' and blistered our way through the set. I felt like I was home. The stage was about 50 metres wide surrounded by huge projection screens with cool Indian images on them and a massive light show. It got that hot up there that Tomy ripped his shirt off and threw it into the crowd…they went mental! We finished the set with 'What can I Say' which is doing really well over here. Raised our fists in the air and walked off stage.

The fans were going crazy. We came back on and played 'Creepin Up Slowly' and finished with 'Wait'…it was one of the best shows we've ever done.

I couldn't get the smile off my face after the show. My adrenaline was pumping. We pilled into the van to leave and I saw a few stray dogs hanging out the back. I ran back into the band room and grabbed all the left over sandwiches and stuff to feed them before we left. A simple end to a great day.


TAXIRIDE INDIA TOUR DIARY. DAY SEVEN SATURDAY 03/06/06 DEHLI SHOW

Checked out of hotel 7:30am to fly to Delhi, everyone is still buzzing from last nights show…we took the 3 hour flight north to Delhi, 10-15 degrees hotter than Bangalore, about 45 degrees. After we fight our way through the masses of people outside the airport with about 30 pieces of equipment, guitars, amps etc, we make it to the Radisson hotel, after a quick bite we do a bunch of interviews at the hotel, then headed to the Club 'ELEVATE' for sound-check in a convoy of buses….the venue was actually next door to the hotel so when we arrived, we cracked up laughing that they made us drive there! (it was a 45 second walk, but a 5 minute drive)

The club was awesome, top floor of a huge multi level complex with shops cinema's and bars…the stage sounded good, really tight but it tripped me out to see the lighting guy physically twisting wires on the lights and taping them up with pvc tape! I thought I was going to get electrocuted. Regardless, this being the last show of the tour, I was going to leave it all out there tonight, including my throat!

We weren't starting until 1:30am but we decided to get there earlier to have a few and watch the other bands. Nothing really special on the support band front tonight, but kids having a go none the less.

When we were called to the stage our tech Dan was having trouble with my amp. One of the supports cooked it! (its not uncommon for several bands to share gear). It seemed to piss me off just enough. I went on with a belly full of fire, screaming and jumping and thrashing around with the crowd feeding me more and more with every beat. They were abslolutely rocking. They wanted it harder and louder than any other city. So we gave it to em. Just when I thought that we couldn't top last nights gig to thousands of people we did it in a small 1500 capacity venue in Delhi. They loved it and so did I.

After the gig we celebrated the end of the shows with a few long island ice teas in glasses that were over a metre long. Now that the shows are over we can enjoy 4 days off in this trippy city. Tomorrow we rest and Monday we hit the Taj Mahal.


TAXIRIDE INDIA TOUR DIARY. DAY EIGHT SUNDAY 04/06/06

We woke up a bit seedy and headed down to the pool for a hair of the dog and decided to check out of the hotel and experience the real India, right in the heart of it all. We wanted to feel this country and besides I feel stupid paying more in one night for a room than someone here makes in over a month. We leave paradise and head to the front line, the Clark International. A cute little 3 star with great service right in the middle of the downtown market area….now this area is the real India. It's busy, dirty, fast and loud. The powerlines look like electric spaghetti.

We were walking around like prime targets to get ripped off. These 2 little kids followed Tomy around for hours trying to shine his Chuck Taylors (converse MATERIAL shoes) for money. He gave them some cash and they disappeared.

I bought some Sari's and cloths and things for my girlfriend Leah, it's her birthday tomorrow and she's back home. After eating curry for a week we went out and got some pizza and a beer. It was awesome but still tasted like curry!

A quiet one tonight, we have to get up early tomorrow to go to Agra and see the Taj Mahal. It's about 5 hours drive each way… ouch!


TAXIRIDE INDIA TOUR DIARY. DAY NINE MONDAY 05/06/06

Wake up call at 6am for 6:30 departure. I bounced out of bed… I've wanted to go and see the Taj all my life. It's my girl's birthday today and I'm going to the most romantic monument on Earth without her! Bit strange I know!

We get into the van. There's me, Tim, Tomy, our manager Alan, our sound guy Frank, and Dan our tech. we're all as eager as each other.

We start twisting and turning our way through the streets of Delhi and finally hit the long and winding road to Agra. It's littered with people, cars, taxis, tuk tuk's, motorbikes, mopeds, 20 people packed in the back of a truck, horse drawn carts, camels, cows etc. after about an hour and 45 minutes we stop at this weird little town in the middle of all these fields. There's a snake charmer and his son at the gate with a python and a cobra, a guy with 2 monkeys on leashes and some dude with a bear. I'm glad we didn't stay there too long!

The heat is really picking up now. It's about 40 degrees. Word's can't describe the drive. It's mental! It's like playing the craziest video game in the world. It's just madness but somehow it works!

5 hour's in and we are getting restless but we're close. Finally we arrive into Agra and head to the Taj. You can't drive up to the Taj because there is a ban on pollution there so the marble stays white, so we parked about 2 k's away and take an electric bus the rest of the way there. There are heaps of security and regulations to follow when it comes to the Taj, because of terrorism. It's the back bone of Indian tourism so a lot of crazy people want it gone. At the gates we are thoroughly searched.

The outside gardens are an oasis, they're pristine, walking up the gateway I get my first glimpse in the distance. WOW. It's unbelievable. Even from about 500 meters away it sits perfectly in the archway of the entrance and going through the gate its grandure is revealed. It's massive and white and unreal!

We have a guide with us telling us all about it, most of what he said went over my head. But a lot stayed in my head.

The Taj was built in the 1500's by the Mughal emperor SHAHJAHAN as a token of love for his beloved wife MUNTAZ MAHAL. She died giving birth to her 14th child. It took 22 years to build, and contains over 220,000 metric tonnes of solid marble. It is perfect to the centimetre. My simple words could never describe its beauty. It's so white it's hard to look at with the sun belting down on it. It was one of the greatest moments of my young life. We stared at it for well over an hour and then turned away from its beauty with a smile that could never be replaced.

We stopped for lunch where Tomy was welcomed in the restaurant by a gecko shitting in his hair.

We moved on to the Agra fort where SHARJAHAN was imprisoned by his son across the river TUMBINA, for the last 7 years of his life. He viewed the TAJ from a small window. Agra Fort was also where the British began their conquest of India. This was also an unbelievable structure. It's hard to fathom how beautiful this place is and how long ago it was built.

After a massive day, we reluctantly get back in the van and drive back to Delhi. It was well worth it. What a sensational day.


TAXIRIDE INDIA TOUR DIARY. DAY TEN TUESDAY 06/06/06

Tomy woke me up early and I met him and Tim for breakfast. Today, we wanted to do heaps of Indian instrument shopping and buy stuff for the folks back home. We caught the metro for the first time and even though, we expected a million people trying to steal our wallets, we got a very new, easy to use, air-conditioned train system. The funniest thing was watching everyone stare at Tomy's hair. I mean stare - thousands of them - His hair is a freak of nature.

We got to 'Conaught Place' which has a massive market underground of 500 shops mostly selling the same things. We grabbed heaps of goodies, like leather jackets, sunglasses, trippy wall hangings and t-shirts. It's ridiculously cheap. You don't pay more than 100 rupees for a wicked shirt (about $3). After a while it gets a bit much down there so we hit the surface.

Most of the music shops open in the afternoon and Tim managed to find a wicked Snake charmers flute and a Swarsangam [combination of bass tanpura and swarmandal] at Rikhi Ram's Music Store.

At night, we hit a beautiful Italian restaurant. The owner was a big old Italian man that walks around greeting everyone. It 's Tomy's B'Day tomorrow so we thought we could hit it a little tonight. We had a driver, and after a few tequila's we went out looking for a party. We drove around for two hours and every bar was closed. Sorry Tomy, for your lame birthday party.


TAXIRIDE INDIA TOUR DIARY. DAY ELEVEN WEDNESDAY 07/06/06 Departure day (Tomy's B'day)

We organised a driver to take us to check out this Indian music store about 45 mins out of town. Sandeep was his name and he made some of the finest instruments in the country. He showed us through his store. His friend ARUN was in there as well. Apparently an Indian version of BB KING. Really cool dude. He showed us how to play all the rockin' instruments.

I ended up picking up an awesome Sitar with great tone and most importantly, sustain. Tim picked up a Sarod which is an Indian style guitar/banjo with a metal fretboard & about 32 strings on it. Tomy also found an Electric-Tabla-Geto-Blaster.

We were wrapped, thanked them, jumped into the van with our new gear and headed back to pack and get ready to leave.

It feels totally weird leaving this place. Somehow it just gets inside you and changes you instantly. It's really become a part of who I am and I'm really going to miss it.

We were picked up to head to the airport by Craig from our label and he was beaming. We asked him what was up and he told us that our Album had debuted in the top 20 nationally.. Number 16 he said. I was stoked. We had a massive group hug and felt like a conquering football team. We packed the bus and headed to the airport.

Unloading, we were mobbed by a couple of new found fans wanting autographs. That's when it struck me. It's going ballistic over here. According to Craig, we'll be coming back within 3 months

The 11 day experience will never leave my heart and mind. It really was one of the coolest and most memorable things we've ever done. It's still hard to believe that our music got us here. I'll never take life for granted again.


What Can I Say...

Hello everyone out there... hope all is well.
Everything’s rocking on in Taxiland, were just about to fire our big gun from Axiomatic, the new single WHAT CAN I SAY.
We shot the video last Monday at the Espy in Melbourne, its awesome, produced by Brave Films who also made the OH YEAH video. It should be ready next weekend so stayed tuned to the web site.
Axiomatic is released in Japan on March 22nd, can’t wait to get back there. For all the die hard fans it has a different front cover plus two extra songs, check the home page of the web site.
Tim and I have been working hard on some new songs and Dan Hall has been coming over and writing some new songs with us.Stay tuned for that!!!! It’s gonna be cool.

We are also heading over to Perth next week to do an acoustic show at the Balmoral Vic Park on Monday and while we are there we are doing 5 exclusive one time only gigs with members from the legendary oz rock band the Baby Animals! Check local Perth guides for details Taxianimals.

That’s about all for now.
Speak soon.
Jase


Happy New Year ...

Hello All!!

Happy New Year!!! Thank you for all your support in 2005…
It was such a momentous year for us, especially releasing our first independent album ‘AXIOMATIC’… We played shows all over Australia from Darwin to Cairns to Bunbury to Mildura and a few towns we still can’t pronounce…

Our 2nd single ‘You gotta help me’ is now in stores and at radio… Nova has been a big supporter… But if you haven’t heard it on your local station, give them a call and request it!

You might have caught us on ‘The big night in’ a few weeks ago. Channel 10 hid this great live music show late on a Friday night… Bring it back on we say!

Of all the shows we’ve done this summer, The most memorable would have to be the boxing day breakfast at the MCG. The Shane Warne Foundation put on the day to raise money for tsunami affected families in Sri Lanka. We played a few songs and some sporting greats got up and told some rippin’ yarns… Ian Healy, Billy Brownless and Don Elgin kept us entertained all day.

We had a great time in Perth a couple of weeks ago… Big thanks go out to 96FM for getting us there and to Eddie Parisi from The Baby Animals who filled in for Andy for a few gigs & did a kickass job…. Hoping to get back there soon cause Cottesloe beach is incredible!

We’ve been writing and recording in our spare time over summer and have a bunch of songs for a new album this year… It’s raw, acoustic and full of surprises…

Stay tuned for more Taxi News soon!

Peace

Jase & Tim

It's been awhile ...


Hello all. Well… where do I start???
It’s been a while since my last entry. Sorry.
We have been busy doing gigs for the release of our new album ‘AXIOMATIC” Last week we had a ball. We went old school and hired a van to drive from Melbourne to Sydney doing 4 gigs on the way in Albury, and Sydney and for the first time for us, went to Goulburn and Young.
We played at the Bended Elbow in Albury on the Wednesday, then drove to Goulburn and played at the Workers club. Tim and I checked out a couple of the karaoke singers downstairs and must say there is some talent in Goulburn. Big shout out to Ritchie the hunting chippy!
Next day we took off for the cutest little town of Young. I went op shopping and bought about 6 funky t- shirts for 2 bucks each! The gig was great, and I think more bands should play up there.
The Saturday was vintage rock stuff! We drove 4 hours up to Sydney to play at Fox Studios, We did a smoking 45 minute set, then we packed the van and drove overnight back to Melbourne! I know it sounds mental but we had to get home! I took the first drive aided by no doz and red bull, made it all the way to Albury where I swapped with Frank (our engineer) and he made it back to Melbourne at 9:30 in the morning!!!!!!
HARD CORE!!!
Never again!
On a release front, we have decided that ‘You gotta help me’ will be the second single of “AXIOMATIC”- the b sides are ‘Razor’ and an alternate version of ‘Tripper Red’
The song is going to radio at the start of November so keep your ears open for that. This Sunday we are doing a little gig for Foxtel’s 10th birthday! So get your fingers on the record button.
That’s it for now. Check out some new pics in the gallery and if anyone has any cool pictures make sure you post them.
By the way, It’s Tim’s birthday today and it was Sean’s last week, so write them a birthday message on the forum.
Rock on
Jase xx

A diary entry...

We had a few days off at home and then made the trek to sunny Sydney for a massive 6 shows in 5 days. The first night was @ The Marquee for our album launch. Great night, we played first so we could stick around afterwards and have a few drinks and watch some cool bands Hey Da Vinci and Light Fire thanks to everyone who came to support us on that night.
Next night was at Thirroul, crazy cool people out there. Have to send a shout out to Jade from Beaches. Sorry, we forgot about the photo.
Then it was Bizzo’s in Caringbah. Have to thank Yuko and Mae for flying all the way from Japan to see these shows. We love ya’s.
Blacktown R.S.L was the next night and by this time my voice told me where to go! And I was pretty huskie!
We played with Swanee who is Jimmy Barne’s big brother, and what a legend of a bloke he is. Great to talk to and a killer voice for a guy who is almost deaf!
After the gig we decided to drive to the North Coast for the gig the next day.
We were playing at a wedding for Star 104.5 FM. A couple won the chance to have the radio station throw the wedding for them. The groom jumped out of a plane and the bride was body painted, the best man was dressed as a woman and the whole crowd was in masquarade, so you can only imagine how surreal the show was. By this time in the week my voice had already boarded a plane back to Melbourne and I was on my own. But managed. All in all it was a great week for the band and congratulations to Andrew and Kristy on the bizarre wedding.

Peace
Jase

Wow!


So much has been going on, I’m not sure where to start!
We’ll start in Adelaide. We played at the Governer Hindmarsh on the first night there and all went well. We had heaps of people there as well as some friends from Nova. I lost a bet with a friend from there that St Kilda would beat Freo, lost $10. I hate losing money. I still haven’t paid him, but I will.
Next day we did an instore at The Muses which was great. We got a little drummer by the name of Emerson to get up and have a play. He was 9 years old and a massive fan of ours, and now we are massive fans of him. Gonna be the worlds greatest drummer.
That afternoon we drove to Mannum. The town is right on the Murray River and is very picturesque.
Di the venue manager fed us like kings.
The gig it self was great fun and we are hanging out to get back there in summer time.
The only downer of the night happened when we were driving back to the hotel and saw three guys kicking the shit out of one dude. We turned the van around and jumped out to help this guy who was covered in his own blood! The ‘leader’ of these three guys was looking for a fight all night but when the four of us jumped out of the van I think he knew it was one fight that he wasn’t going to win. So they took off and we help this guy back to his hotel. He was pretty pissed at the time. But I bet he felt it the next day! I’ve still got his blood on my chucky taylors!
Anyway, we drove back to Adelaide the next morning and flew home!
That was South Australia this time around. It never fails to excite.

Rock
Jase

Its happening next week!!!!!!!!!

Finally our album is coming out . Monday is the day 5th of September! Make sure you go out and get it. It's the best thing we've ever done. Axiomatic is coming! Jase

Heading North
We had a few days off at home and then made the trek to sunny Sydney for a massive 6 shows in 5 days. The first night was @ The Marquee for our album launch. Great night, we played first so we could stick around afterwards and have a few drinks and watch some cool bands Hey Da Vinci and Light Fire thanks to everyone who came to support us on that night. Next night was at Thirroul, crazy cool people out there. Have to send a shout out to Jade from Beaches. Sorry, we forgot about the photo. Then it was Bizzo's in Caringbah. Have to thank Yuko and Mae for flying all the way from Japan to see these shows. We love ya's. Blacktown R.S.L was the next night and by this time my voice told me where to go! And I was pretty huskie! We played with Swanee who is Jimmy Barne's big brother, and what a legend of a bloke he is. Great to talk to and a killer voice for a guy who is almost deaf! After the gig we decided to drive to the North Coast for the gig the next day. We were playing at a wedding for Star 104.5 FM. A couple won the chance to have the radio station throw the wedding for them. The groom jumped out of a plane and the bride was body painted, the best man was dressed as a woman and the whole crowd was in masquarade, so you can only imagine how surreal the show was. By this time in the week my voice had already boarded a plane back to Melbourne and I was on my own. But managed. All in all it was a great week for the band and congratulations to Andrew and Kristy on the bizarre wedding. Peace Jase

Wow
So much has been going on, I'm not sure where to start! We'll start in Adelaide. We played at the Governer Hindmarsh on the first night there and all went well. We had heaps of people there as well as some friends from Nova. I lost a bet with a friend from there that St Kilda would beat Freo, lost $10. I hate losing money. I still haven't paid him, but I will. Next day we did an instore at The Muses which was great. We got a little drummer by the name of Emerson to get up and have a play. He was 9 years old and a massive fan of ours, and now we are massive fans of him. Gonna be the worlds greatest drummer. That afternoon we drove to Mannum. The town is right on the Murray River and is very picturesque. Di the venue manager fed us like kings. The gig it self was great fun and we are hanging out to get back there in summer time. The only downer of the night happened when we were driving back to the hotel and saw three guys kicking the shit out of one dude. We turned the van around and jumped out to help this guy who was covered in his own blood! The 'leader' of these three guys was looking for a fight all night but when the four of us jumped out of the van I think he knew it was one fight that he wasn't going to win. So they took off and we help this guy back to his hotel. He was pretty pissed at the time. But I bet he felt it the next day! I've still got his blood on my chucky taylors! Anyway, we drove back to Adelaide the next morning and flew home! That was South Australia this time around. It never fails to excite. Rock Jase

AXIOMATIC is coming!

Hi there all.

Just got back from a whirlwind trip of perth . We did the gig in Bunbury on Saturday night, and with the people that braved the almost cyclonic weather had a mental night! I think Andy might still be hungover!

We drove back to Perth where we played at the 96 fm 25 th birthday party on Sunday. What a great night. We opened the show with a bang and started with oh yeah. It was awesome to see people singing along to it

It was such a rush to make it to the venue on time, we ran in the back door, putting our monitors in our eyes as we are being introduced, then bang we we're on. I think we play much better when we rush! We don't have time to get nervous! We rocked the show and the Metro is Perth is my new fave venue! Its about five levels high, and from the stage looking up it looks crazy!

We are all set to go with our Melbourne album launch @ the Corner on Thursday. It will be a massive night.

And this weekend we hit Adelaide .

Hope your all diggin the new single and the b sides and re mixes. It debut at number 40 on the Aria chart. S we officially have our 1 st indie hit! If you haven't bought one and worn it out from listening to it 10,000 times…. What are you waiting for????

AXIOMATIC is coming!

Peace

Jase

Another entry

Hi everyone.
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last entry. We’ve been flat out doing promo for our new single OH YEAH. It’s all going really well and finally OH YEAH is in store’s Sunday August 7th! It would be unreal if everyone could buy a copy in the first week of release. We need to make an impact out there and show everyone that we’ve still got it!

I’ve done a ton of interviews over the past few weeks and it’s been great talking to everyone again. So far, so good. A big shout out to Tiffany! You owe me!
We’ve been rehearsing all week for our up coming Oh Yeah tour running across August. We have a great mix of old songs and new ones. It’s so cool to have three albums to choose songs from, our set is really different from start to finish so expect a massive show. We have heaps of gigs coming up. Check out the tour info and your local guides.

We will be over in Perth next weekend doing a show with music legends Barnsey and the Screaming Jets. Can’t wait for that. We will be in every state, so come to a show and prove your love!

More to come…
Jase

Planet Taxi

Hey there everyone Everything is going great @ planet taxi.

Oh yeah is getting heaps of airplay and the feedback about the song has been really good. If by chance you haven’t voted for it on your fave radio station yet…… what are you waiting for???? Ha.
We cant wait to get back out on the road. The trip up north was such a tease! We have a taste for touring now! We are doing a Melbourne album launch at the corner hotel in Richmond on the 18th of august and also one in Sydney at the Marquee on the 24t. Can’t wait for these shows. We have heaps of news coming up about gigs all over the country, so keep checking out our gig guide.

We are so close to having this album out… September 5th is the official date! And don’t forget that oh yeah will be in store on the 8th of August. We will be in Sydney this week doing all sorts of radio station stuff, on air interviews and performances, we’ll have giveaways and previews of the ‘AXIOMATIC’ so try and listen in.

Jase
PS: Wednesday August 10th 2.00pm Instore (performance and signing) at HMV 283 Bourke Street Melb.

Axiomatic! Lock it in!

Finally… We are locked and loaded with the release of our third studio album ‘Axiomatic’

We have shot the video for for the first single ‘oh yeah’ and this Monday July 4th we are going to have the world premiere of the song and video on our site.

You can also hear sample’s from the rest of the album!

It’s happening……. As we speak………. So make sure you log on Monday and be the first people in the world to check out the bands new stuff!

Peace
Jase

Acoustic gigs.

Hi all.
It’s only about 3 weeks until the single goes out to radio! Horray! We have been rehearsing this week for our acoustic gigs. That is for radio stations and in stores and stuff like that. I must say that the tracks all sound pretty good stript back! I wasn’t sure of how we would re create these new songs to be able play in radio stations and the like, but they’re cooking!
I’m still playing an electric guitar through a tiny little vox amp, Tim’s playing a 12 string acoustic and is plugged in with andy’s bass in the taxi amp.
But the cool thing is sean playing a snare drum with clip on hi hats and he is using the snare case for a kick drum! Out there!

But that’s just for radio…….

Don’t worry, our big live shows will still rock as hard as ever, full gear, full band, and fully loud!!!

We are all hanging out for the shows in Darwin and queensland at the end of the month and are working up some of our best stuff yet. Anything is likely to happen at these gigs, so make sure you’ve got your tix, and we’ll make sure you get your kicks!

Until next week.
Peace
jase

Oh Yeah, to radio

hey everyone.
we got the video edit back on friday, and it looks awesome! best video we've ever done!
massive thanks to everyone that came done and braved the cold with us for 12 hours last sunday, and also a big apology to everyone that come down and cant see themselves on the clip. we had a few probs with the green screen stuff and unfortunately couldn't use some footage. luckily we recorded heaps of concert stuff and that makes up most of the video! if you wanna see some stuff, there are some pics in the gallery so you can check out what the place looked like.AWESOME!!! we are doing some shows in darwin and Queensland at the end of the month, and we cant wait for those. when we did the woodstock festival a few weeks ago and we're so blown out by a band on the day that we contacted them and booked them to do the support slot for the queensland shows. i think you'll all really dig them, they are called GLASS HOUSE. so make sure that you come to the shows early enough to catch them!

ok....
we'll be taking our new single OH YEAH to radio any day now. look, and listen out for it. We want to come to every corner of the country on our next tour so make sure you request and vote for the song @ your local radio stations!!

we will announce the exact release dates next weeks!!
we're coming to get ya!!
rock on
jase


OH YEAH Video shoot


how's it going out there.
well we are finally on our way back out there and we have finished work on the new record 'AXIOMATIC'.
over the weekend we shot the video for the first single off it 'OH YEAH'. it was an awesome 2 days. we worked with brave films to get this one away, and what a great bunch they were. they really had good ideas and think we just made our best video to date. i haven't seen it yet, i will on Friday, but i've just got the vibe. we shot a whole bunch of underwater footage on Saturday at the vic uni, and on Sunday we rocked out all day in the old Kinnears factory in Footscray. we had hundreds of people there that were all in the shoot. we asked for people with wierd talents to come down, because the lyric in the chorus of the song is ' give me your best your a superstar', so the video is kind of about how everyone out the is a superstar in there own way! pretty deep huh?

anyway we finished the day with a rockin performance in the warehouse that we filmed for the end of the video. its gonna be great.

.... i'll touch base with you all next week with info about when we are touring and when the track's coming out so you can request your asses off!!
peace
jase

Update from the road

We'll it's been about 2 weeks since my last entry, sorry, but heaps have been going on.
We started the mini tour in Darwin with much success. Thanks to everyone that made the show great. It was awesome to get some sun for a change! we had a 4;30 am lobby call the next morning and a 6;am flight to cairns.
Already feeling like we had been on tour for a month, we arrived safely and cruised around all day until sound check. Caught up with Glasshouse for a bit, went back to the hotel and chilled until the gig. The gig itself was great, we played a bunch of new stuff aswell as the old, caught up with some old friends and had a few drinks with nth cairns footy club.

Next day was a big drive to Townsville. I was at the wheel as usual and it was pouring rain. Arrived in Townsville Sunday midday and went straight to sound check. The hotel was at the gig. There wasn't that many people there that night( must be a big brother town)??? But as usual when it's quiet we do our best shows!! The pressure is off and we just had a great night. If you weren't there … you missed a really good show!

That night I nearly bashed dave our sound guy because he banged on my hotel door every 15 minutes for five hours!! NOT FUNNY DAVE!! I ended up throwing a chair at him, but we had a laugh about it in the morning.

We then drove to mackay we're I am now in my hotel room at a great resort. We were here for two days off, but, already bored we decided to do a (not so secret anymore) gig at platinum on Wednesday night. All you have to do to get in is give a gold coin at the door, and we are donating all the proceeds to a kids charity. It should be a special night.

On one last note for now, we had an idea to record a special e.p every couple of months that is only available at gigs! Cool ha? The first one we've done has 4 acoustic tracks on it that we recorded at tim's house before we left for the tour. Each cd is numbered, and there will only be 5 hundred of each ep recorded. So be quick.

Anyway I'll touch base next week
Rock on…. Jase….


First entry - THE ROAD TRIP

Thursday 11th Nov
Van departs to Griffith at 8.30 am. Oh - and it's pissing down from Melbourne to Griffith - great for the farmers, crap for a band to drive in! We safely arrive with the van completely uninhabitable. Had a fun show, we had never been to Griffith before and proceeded to ask questions about the infamous residents and their where abouts. "Predictable tourists".

Friday 12th Nov
Van departs at 8am for Sydney. Today the sun is shining and the café quest starts and ends; it's the BP diners for us! There's a 3kg bag of oranges that gets consumed on the way - why wouldn't you, this is orange country. Well, after a long and arse-numbing drive, it's the (traffic light/no U-turn Always getting lost still) city of Sydney. We get to the gig and set-up on a stage that's.... Well.... small! Again another enjoyable gig to be had. By now the effects of 2 days of driving and gigs kick in and its time to stop for a bit.

Saturday 13th Nov
No getting up early, today we are going to Shellharbour, and it feels like a local, just down the road sort of gig. Tonight we get a real stage and have a really good soundcheck. Time to go back to the accommodation, time to make a plan - do we stay tonight and get F- all sleep or blow out the accomm and overnight back to Melbourne and get F-all sleep. We decide to drive baby drive and we start after we have packed up.

Sunday 14th Nov
1.45 am depart - after navigating the back streets of Shellharbour and 4 or 5 of the surrounding suburbs we make it to the road home. There is a subdued ambience to this trip and we take turns with driving to get home. And by the time we get to the outskirts of Melbourne the van is a disaster zone worthy of a UN intervention. Dave puts together the dashboard (dismantled to make the cigarette lighter work to charge the I pod) and calls the working bee to sanitize the van.

Made it!! 3 shows... 3 soundchecks... 3 hours sleep... 2647kms in 3 days.