As it progressed we got tighter and tighter. The Body Electric ruled in the urban areas but the Spines were the better band in the rural gigs. In Waitera I pulled out some old reggae tinged tunes and it went down pretty well with the locals.
By the time we got to Gisborne the Spines were a formidable live band – we’d been working through those songs and developed a sound that was unique and powerful and I had started writing new songs as we went. With all those miles and Ross and Wendy behind me I caught on to a new reason to write and a new way of writing too – where there were no limits to what I could do both musically and lyrically.
In Thames the Body Electric suffered in that the pub’s fridges kept kicking in and it put all their sequencers all out of whack.
The only time my mum and dad ever saw me play was when we got to Morrinsville – they travelled from Hamilton for the occasion. Later that night, staying in the hotel we’d played at we were confronted with a shotgun and we all fled to under our beds.
Auckland was a campus gig and was all Christian so we didn’t do so well but then we all played at the DB pub and it was amazing.
By this stage people had heard Your Body Stays and they screamed for it and danced to it and even sang along.
Somehow by the time we made it back to Wellington for a couple of nights at the Cricketer’s Arms to finish off the tour – Wendy had switched to the Body Electric and Ross was off with another band and so I was on my own.
I was alright about it though – I knew they’d be back.
Stuff like that happens in the Spines and I knew I had found something truly special and original that could transmit my ideas both musically and performance wise and so I wasn’t too worried – I had a plan and a map that I knew I could put together with those guys and that would express what I had to say.
I just had to be patient.