London: A Series of Tubes (or, Shepherds Bushed)

It would be difficult to describe in words how awesome last night’s show at Shepherds Bush Empire was (or how difficult it was transporting all of our baggage and merchandise through the London Tube) So we will merely list a string of random consonants:


We think that says it all, don’t you?

In all seriousness, the show last night was tremendous–this takes nothing away from the Manchester show the previous evening, which was its own special brand of crazy/awesome–but Shepherds Bush Empire is an outstanding music venue: great acoustics, great staff, and what can be called the most delightfully sarcastic light show we’ve ever been a part of. (And trust us, it is indeed possible to light a show sarcastically) The punters in the hall were rowdy in just the right way; and they bought a metric crapload of merchandise.

Also, we learned that the going rate for Paul to bust out his best "Liza Minnelli in Cabaret" impression is £20. (We’re sure YouTube evidence will be forthcoming soon enough) Storm, unfortunately, did not get the chance to go the full monty, but says £2000 ought to do it. (Take note, anyone coming to our remaining two UK shows, though in truth we don’t recommend it)

Additional food tally: curry, Bishop’s Finger and Old Speckled Hen Fine Strong Ale, macaron (French pastry), more English breakfast (this time with baked beans; still no black pudding 🙁

GameCity in Nottingham tonight, then Birmingham tomorrow, then we go the hell home. Cheers!


  1. Posted October 31, 2008 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Ah, you turned the comments back on. Very good.

    Now, for all future UK concert-goers, Liza Minelli is great, but you should prod Paul to sing like Paula Abdul. Or like Britney Spears.

  2. cube
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    You guys were absolutely brilliant, the London gig was an absolute blast.
    You’d better be coming back to the UK in the future!
    Totally kick-ass night, ARRRGH 🙂

  3. Readie
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    The gig, yes, it ’twas tremendous but I think my favourite part of the evening was watching you at the merchandise table, Paul, as you asked who had a tube or train to catch – and then served those people first. I can’t quite describe how lovely that was. It made me forgive you for wearing a “Norf London” t-shirt (Sarf London is where it’s at, my friend!)

    Come back to our shores soon.

  4. Posted November 1, 2008 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Did you ever give that twenty back?

    – John, the big guy that shouted “TAKE IT OFF!” and demanded you guys come back to England sometime.

  5. Jim
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Chaps; splendid giggery from you both and the esteemed Mr. Coulton. I’m enjoying my new FROMAGE apparel as I type this – and I liked the Norf London shirt so much I bought my own one. Come see us again soon.

  6. Erin (twinschick1)
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Just saw video of this on YouTube. Very impressive, Paul. 🙂

  7. Posted November 1, 2008 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Thank you for my tiny ninja. Also, my girlfriend thanks you for the Dejected Arrr t shirt. A fantastic gig guys, come back soon! (West London is the place to be. – I’ll get you a ‘Chiswick’ hoodie. Very cool.)

  8. Posted November 1, 2008 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    You guys were amazing, hurry back!

    (Also, the youtube proof seems to have arrived: )

  9. Richard
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Great show guys, you and JoCo are perfect together! Will be keeping an eye out for further UK Paul and Storm fun. Maybe Oxford? (Yes, I moaned when you made that joke, but you’re still welcome. I know you meant Cambridge).

  10. BenS
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Great show guys, really enjoyed it. That was so worth the £20 even is you don’t give it back to Gingerlink. If there are what 500 people maybe in the venue, £2000 that is only like £4 each maybe we should arrange this next time (there best be a next time).

  11. Ben Forbes
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Hey guys. (Storm, I’m the scary one who commented on how awesome the “pi arrs” bit was – but I also bought all three of your albums, so you can’t stay mad at me for too long). You stole the show, you really did. Amazing work, keep it up.

  12. Posted November 1, 2008 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi Guys. Great show in London and I really hope you come back soon, although I may have to be a bit more astute the next time as I came all the way down from further North than Manchester and headed back the same night so I could fall asleep at my desk the following day.

    Many thanks for one of the best gig-nights I’ve ever attended and certainly my favourite gig of the new millennium so far.

    Oh, and I just had to buy “The Captain’s Wife’s lament” to find out how that song really goes.

    Thank you.

  13. Laura
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Best gig of my life. Ever. Seriously. I have never seen that many geeks and wannabe-pirates in one place. It was like coming home.

    And I’m the girl who lost her bag, went to check in the lobby whilst JoCo was playing, saw it wasn’t there, yelled, “Shit!” and tore up the stairs. I somewhat regret that now. It probably wasn’t an amazing first impression.

    Thank you for coming all this way. We really appreciate it! That night made my century.


  14. Posted November 2, 2008 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    The London gig was truly amazing. Best gig I’ve been to… and I’ve seen a lot of major bands… Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Sum 41. But you guys and JoCo were better than all of them!

    Thanks for the hug Paul! Made my night =P
    My Mom came with me (my ride) and she walked out a big fan of all of you.

    Such an amazing night! Keep watching the YouTube videos over and over. Will be getting your CDs for Xmas…. what a gift?!

    Come back soon! You don’t even have to bring Jonathan with you 😉

  15. Jenenifer
    Posted November 3, 2008 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    This youtube clip of Paul as Liza has slightly better sound:

    Awesome show guys! Thank you so much for coming out – it was a blast!

  16. Posted November 3, 2008 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Cool, that’s my video.

    I’m trying to upload The Captain’s Wife’s Lament but as you can probably guess it’s a pretty big file.

  17. Gingerlink
    Posted November 3, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Permalink


    He did offer me my twenty back at Birmingham (I had to rush off after the London show anyway), but I declined because I hadn’t really done anything in return.

    We almost did a trade off where I would’ve got the twenty back for wearing one of the female rejected arrrr shirts at the merch table though.

  18. Dantes / Bram Tant
    Posted November 3, 2008 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Hey guys, thanks for the great show. I absolutely LOVED IT! Brilliant. Definitely going to catch you guys again when you’re touring with JoCo in UK/Europe next year, hopefully in/close to Belgium? 🙂

    – Bram, overenthusiasticly annoyingly loudly yelling guy who got a tiny ninja for loudly counting from 1 to 10 😀

    PS: Gingerlink, you should’ve done that trade-off! Would’ve been bloody brilliant. 🙂

  19. Matthew
    Posted November 4, 2008 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the show, it was fantastic! For the record, I was one of the 5 people who cheered when you mentioned Da Vinci’s Notebook. Oh, and I was the one who had a brief conversation with Paul at the merchandise table, during which I mumbled that I was already being served. I had a conversation with Paul! Woo!

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