However the band have already started. There are very few
patrons tonight; with venue staff I can just about count double
figures. Even with all the hard work to promote this Club
NME event the Roadmender still sadly looks like it's on its
last legs. It hasn't helped that tonight's headliners Fortune
Drive have had to cancel. Unfortunate victims to the theft
of their transit van containing their musical equipment, they
simply just can't play. The girls however still play as loud
and as rowdy as they can to those that are present.
After they finish I briefly speak with their sound engineer.
I'm told to wait until I am approached by one of the girls
holding a loaf of bread. The aforementioned girl is lead vocalist
Elizabeth Berg codename 'Z Berg' who walks around the room
frantically, clutching the bread crying out 'where is the
guy?' Being 'the guy' I introduce myself and am led to the
dressing room. Inside it is revealed that the loaf of bread
is to help ease the band's recent craving for post gig toast.
Using my experience of 'student days' I suggest that a spoon
makes a good knife replacement so that a topping can be added.
Once added, Z takes a bite and then sinks into the sofa. Sitting
comfortably? Ok let's begin.
So why include an NME club as part of the tour?
"We basically wanted to get out there and play wherever
we possibly could, so that in a couple of years anybody knows
who we are," she says taking another bite of toast.
If you look at the band's website there are some photos of
the girls standing against gig posters that show a lot of
British dates. This was no Photoshop wizardry; they had been
to England before.
"We toured here a little bit. We actually mixed our record
here so we played at the Barfly about six months ago. We were
living in the Columbia for about a month mixing our record,"
she says laughing.