So I played Forrest Place the other day, which is the main square of the Perth shopping district, and ended up frolicking in the fountain. This had been a vague aspiration of mine for quite some time, but I had thought that logic would dictate, what with the OHS issue of having electronic musical equipment close to water and all, that it was going to be turned off. Thankfully Perth City Council doesn't think about things like that.
I didn't bring a change of clothes, but upon my arrival, seeing that it was on, I instinctively knew what was about to happen. Which was bad news, as I hadn't brought a change of clothes with me. I thought I could hold back until the gooey downtempo centre of the set I'd planned to go splashing about. But I couldn't. The kick drum hadn't even dropped in Audience,
and I was already doing surf-lifesaver style wading around, splashing water all over the powerboards, foldback speakers and the stage. I'm stupid lucky not to be dead.
I waded! I leaned on the water! My pants were drenched! The water flowed through my old workboots (still in the cbd, I think)! And it was stinky, algae infested gunky water too. Eeeew. But the fun!
Once I was finished, I noticed how cold it was. And I was going to be meeting some people for coffee, though they'd seen my spectacular splashing and sympathised, so didn't mind a bit of a rescheduling. But I was freezing! I had to make a sarong from one of my pieces of shiny cloth from my set and drive as fast as I could home so as not to get all hypothermia-ed.
Totally randomly awesome. Plus I got to do Forrest Place at peak hour! It was pretty surreal anyway, getting in people's space as they tried to get to the train. I had a radio mic so I performed all over the entire square. It was rad. I get to go back for Rock Against Racism in a couple of months, which is gonna be massive. I can't wait for that, I've got a taste for the space now.
Let's call that one a warm up, then, yeah?
By the way, if you're in Perth, come to my ONE NIGHT STAND at The Blue Room this saturday (the 16th). It's a one-off, supercool megafloorshow with the Brash And Sassy girls and a bit of a taste test of the kind of shows we hope to do together early next year around Australia. You should come, it's only $8. Prebook by giving The Blue Room a call or logging onto http://www.pacs.org.au
and clicking on week one of the View Fest season.