Studio Diaries – Part 5
We spent the rest of time in LA trying to see and experience as much of the city as we could. We spent time at Venice Beach, drove through Malibu, walked along Sunset Strip and Hollywood Boulevard; we even went into Kat Von Ds tattoo studio, High Voltage. One night, back at Roberts, we were talking music and introducing him to some bands when he decided that instead of going out for beers, we could stay home and make a 70’s inspired track. So we start jamming and next minute Money Mark from the Beastie Boys arrives and jams keyboard on the track. It turned out to be fun night and a great 70’s styled song came out of it.
A highlight of our time in LA was definitely the Sunset Strip Music Fest, a festival were they close part of the strip and have a stage on each end of the road. All the clubs along the strip are open and have smaller bands playing in them, so we got to experience gigs at the Whiskey ‘n Go Go and The Roxy. We spent most of our time hanging out in the Rainbow Room. The headliners of the festival were Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Awolnation (without Hayden), and Linkin Park. BRMC were a big highlight for us. I also managed to fall for one of the sexiest, most rock ‘n roll girls I have ever seen in my life playing in The Roxy. Although she was not as interested in me as I was in her as I think I was lacking some key features. After the festival we walked up sunset strip and finished the night off at a western themed bar. We spent the night sharing strangers’ candy floss, watching people ride the mechanical bull, drinking beers and having the occasional Jägermeister. The night came to an end and I found myself lost from our festival party, I went looking for them and bumped into the Arctic Monkeys frontman, Alex Turner, and bassist, Nick O’Malley. I was excited to say the least as we chatted about Rancho and how it’s time for them to come to SA!
The night came to an end and I found myself lost from our festival party, I went looking for them and bumped into the Arctic Monkeys frontman, Alex Turner, and bassist, Nick O’Malley.
After our brief but experience-filled time in LA came to an end, we headed of to spend a night and day in New York. We arrived in the afternoon and soon found ourselves on the subway heading to Manhattan, where we were staying in a hostel. We headed off to check out Times Square and by the time we got there it was 2am, so our time was cut short as the city that never sleeps was going to sleep. We did get to spend some time in the Hard Rock Café and check out various items from rock history, like a Motley Crue setlists, Ringos Drum kit, Bo Diddleys handmade guitar and a suit (including receipt) that Jon Bonham played in.
The next day we took a walk from the top of Manhattan and went through Central Park. We then caught a taxi downtown, where we met Sam Laskey (one of the girls from our My Own Way video) for lunch. Afterwards she headed off to a casting and we continued south to check out the Twin Towers memorial, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. So again it was a jam-packed day of seeing and experiencing as much as we could.
Leaving New York we knew we were heading into the belly of the beast, because after our long flight back home we were landing and heading straight to Oppikoppi… not knowing if we would make our set time or not. So we knocked back a few whiskeys to help us sleep. Lucky enough, the flight attended was quite impressed with our story and the fact that Dylan looked like Dave Grohl, so he ran to first class to get us fancy whiskey instead of the economy class Johnny Red.
We arrived back home and thanks to a flawless trip we managed to make it backstage at Oppi with enough time to get our stuff on stage and have a sound check before playing. Our set went great and we got an awesome response from the crowd. All in all it was a great festival and a great welcome home party for us.
The trip as a whole was such a crazy experience that I never would have imagined living. There were so many moments that just made it so much better than it could have been. It still feels like there was some magic surrounding this trip, from the beginning when we managed to contact Dave through an E-mail he doesn’t use anymore, winning the competition through 5fm to meet him, the success of our kickstarter project, all leading up to us recording our debut album in the place that got us inspired to play music in the first place. Even after spending most of the holiday talking about Arctic Monkeys and their time at Rancho, I get to bump into them… it could have been anyone but it was them! Also, all the other people we met on the trip were so friendly and welcoming to us and loved hearing our story. In the end we are so happy with what we recorded and can’t wait to launch the album so everyone can hear what we got up to at Rancho de la Luna.