Point Of Few, Albany Academy, Donald Washington @ Le Barclay, Bordeaux FRA 07 January 2001
We arrive in time. Raining again. The first thing Erik the organizer says when he meets us is that the barowner is such an asshole. Strong opener! The concert is in the cellar and we are not allowed to touch the bar… I try to start a chat with the barowner to see if he’s really such an ass but he doesn’t speak english and is very shy and nervous. One of the regular customers translates for me but the guy is avoiding me. Odd. It hear he took over this bar 2 months ago. It’s big and looks fabulous. We play some pool, drink really bad coffee, watch Italian soccer on a huge screen and relax a bit until dinner which is delicious couscous. The cellar is like a dark cave, a bit comparable with the Vera cellarbar but much more obscure. Albany Academy sound modern with a heavy Uranus touch. Their set sounds like one long song though. Donald Washington are jokers. Tell a lot of corny stories in between songs. Musical it’s sloppy but very catchy punkrock. When the guitarplayer takes off from the bassdrum, we see sudden movement in the crowd. A boiling Rik sets out to the puzzled culprit to accost him not to do this again. A very memorable scene. After a short and experienced PoF set, we take off straight to Holland at 2 am. About 1200 km’s to go. We save mucho money by taking the non-payroad to Paris, have some breaks in the morning/afternoon and arrive in Hoogeveen at 7.30 pm. Unload and drink coffee at Rik’s place, taxi the rest home and eventually arrive in Groningen around 9 pm. It was a short but succesful tour! Thanks to all people involved. Gracias por todos amig*s!