Monday, 30 July 2012

sick, sad world (tour/tape/interview)

Hi friends of Etai, we are organising a North England/Scotland tour at the beginning of September and need a wee bit of help filling up the schedule. If you live in any of these places and would be up for putting us on or know someone who would, give us a bell! Happy to jump on existing bills or play
house shows and we only need a little petrol money and a floor to crash on.

Thurs 30th Aug - CONFIRMED, Leeds @ WCCC
Fri 31st Aug - CONFIRMED, Newcastle @ The Star & Shadow
Sat 1st Sept - CONFIRMED, Durham @ The Fishtank
Sun 2nd Sept - CONFIRMED, Edinburgh
Mon 3rd Sept - HELP NEEDED! Stirling/Dundee/Perth/Aberdeen/Somewhere in Scotland?
Tues 4th Sept - HELP NEEDED! Stirling/Dundee/Perth/Aberdeen/Somewhere in Scotland?
Wed 5th Sept - CONFIRMED, Glasgow
Thurs 6th Sept - HELP NEEDED! Lancaster/Preston/Blackpool/Manchester?
Fri 7th Sept - HELP NEEDED! Manchester/Huddersfield/Sheffield?

Reply here or email etaikeshikiAThotmailDOTcom

Also we have a new record out. No biggie. Tape copies soon.

Finally, here's an interview we did for DangerPOP zine.

1. How long have Etai Keshiki been around?
The band started as Rob (drums) and Daria (guitar, voice) in late 2008. Tony (bass) joined shortly afterwards, and we started playing shows in summer 09. Kayleigh (voice, electronics) joined the group at the start of 2010. We started as a strange, noisy hardcore band, and have become more weird and less traditionally "hardcore" over time. I think we are all fairly happy about that progression.

2. Would you say you are quite a confrontational band?
Not really? In the early days, when we often found ourselves playing shows with bands we didn't like, and to unsympathetic audiences, we certainly felt a tension, and perhaps we tried to create a more uncomfortable mood. These days, we would be less likely to play a show like that. I find any sort of physical confrontation totally deplorable, and we wouldn't want anyone to feel in danger at one of our shows. I personally feel in danger enough of the rest of the time, I don't need that at a punk rock show. I'd rather see people rocking out at our gigs than being all confronted. We are nice people playing weird music, and we want that to come across when we play.

3. How is Leeds right now for bands and that?
Totally rad. We are really spoiled here, compared to other cities. There are loads of sweet groups here, and now we have a stable co-operative DIY venue in the form of Wharf Chambers. Check it out -

4. do you have a 'queer' audience at all?
Yes, definitely. Queer is punk. I think we appeal to people who want a queer-positive, girl-friendly punk scene, and it's awesome when people respond to that, and to be a part of that. We also have songs about queer issues, which is still relatively rare within punk even on a wide scale. It's odd that queer and punk have become separated when they seem so closely linked to me. I hope that bands like ours can help to bridge that divide. Queer as in fuck you etc...

5. what is your most favourite gig to date?
Playing Newcastle with Beauty Pageant, Woolf and No Fit State felt like being in queer punk feminist utopia. Other gigs of note include Riot Grrill becoming a tiny room full of kids going nuts, playing Equal Fest 2, playing in a living room in the Scottish borders to a load of drunk teenagers in the middle of winter, playing a Ramones covers set on my birthday, the list goes on.