Los Angeles hardcore group Touche Amore is sharing their tour diary from their recent trip to Southeast Asian. Yesterday vocalist Jeremy Bolm described their wild times in Singapore and Malaysia, and for part two today he talks on their time in Indonesia.
November 17, 2012
Our tour manager arrives 30 minutes late [to leave for] the airport. We rush through security and make it on to our flight with only a minute to spare. Some people say coffee and a healthy breakfast is the quickest way to get your body awake in the morning. I think having to run with equipment and bags around your neck through a foreign airport does the job even better.
The venue tonight is called Rossi Music. It reminds me of a punk squat you might play in Germany or Eastern Europe. Before we played, I had to run to the bathroom to take a quick piss. What I encountered was very confusing to my American eyes…a hole in the ground and next to it a bucket of water with a scoop. Thankfully this wasn't another kind of emergency.
By the time it is our turn to play, we can tell the equipment has had quite the toll taken on it. The PA speakers are hardly functioning and the guitar heads are giving about half their ability. With a room full of kids, we push through it with excitement. Hearing so many voices so far from home know our words was one of the most exciting moments of our band's history.
November 18th, 2012
I cannot put into words how terrifying [the twelve-hour drive to Jogjakarta] was. The way people drive consists of…speeding as fast as you can, then slamming on the breaks, and then veering into oncoming traffic to go around trucks and other vehicles. There are no seat belts in this van. Everyone flew out of their chairs multiple times and we were scared for our lives quite a lot.
The venue is really awesome. It's called Slackers. It's in a really hip sort of skate shop that has a ton of cool clothing and a welcoming atmosphere. The room where the show is has no ventilation and is brutally hot, but we embrace it 100%. By the time it's our turn to play all the windows are fogged up and kids are already soaking with sweat. The floor is as slippery as ice from all the condensation that built from the humidity in the room. Tonight's show is less a stage than a step and will make for a tight intimate environment.
November 19th, 2012
Back to Jakarta, Indonesia
At 2 am we begin the horrifying drive back [to Jakarta]. I wake up to [bassist Tyler Kirby] yelling, “This is the most reckless driving I've ever seen!” at the driver. It's now in the middle of the darkness in the pouring rain. I ask myself, “Should I be awake for this?” My response is, “If you want to be awake when you die, sure.” I take more sleep meds to try and sleep through this nightmare of a drive.
I awake to us having to get a new tire. What's more shocking is that we hadn't blown all of our tires — and that the brakes still work. When we finally made it back, we ordered pizzas and went to bed to forget about what we've been put through.
November 20th, 2012
Indonesia to Germany
With 14 flights (including layovers) in three weeks under our belts, we are ready to head to Europe to start our tour with Converge. Our time in Southeast Asia we'll never forget. The shows were some of the craziest we've played and the travelling was as gnarly and hectic as can be. But, these situations are what make touring so memorable. We thank anyone who had a part in making it happen for us.
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