ABOVE THE NORTH – European Tour Diaries #2

Above The North - Nancy, November 2015 © Gaëlle Petrel
Above The North – Volmerange-Les-Mines, November 2015 © Gaëlle Pitrel

If you’ve been paying attention to this space lately, you’d probably heard of Lyon based Above The North. This is a band we’ve been following closely over the past year, or so and they have just embarked on their first proper tour in the continent. We are definitely watching and supporting them on this adventure and you can do the same, as Robin (bass) tells us about Above The North‘s life on the road. Here’s episode two of the series.

Above The North - Nancy, November 2015 © Gaëlle Petrel
Above The North – Nancy, November 2015 © Gaëlle Pitrel

November 5th – Nancy (FR)

Back on the german highway. The weather is nice and the van is still rather clean. As we drive across huge solar panel fields, we appreciate how clean and all around welcoming Germany feels. But let’s not get too pissed about coming back to our home country, at least we get internet back on the phones when we cross the border, and I can’t pretend everyone wasn’t stoked about it!

We arrive in Nancy just after five in the afternoon, where we are greeted by our friends in My Area (a melodic hardcore band from Metz, another northern France city). Max, their singer is promoting tonight’s show. Everyone loads the van out and I get to skip the ever cursed load in with stairs because of the lack of parking spaces near the venue. I end up in an underground parking lot and get to watch a bit of the city while going back to the venue.

The said venue, called Le Réseau, is a student night club which hosts live shows before midnight. The PA is not really the usual standard for shows but after a quick soundcheck, everything sounds fine apart from a big echo in the room. Did I mention that it was obviously too big for the two small bands playing that night?

Sadly, the turnout for the night will be a bit disappointing but that’s part of the game, and both My Area and us will give our best on stage in a good spirit. Time to load out before all the students arrive, our next stop is My Area‘s practice space to get some food, and we are then heading to Max’s apartment for the night.

Above The North - Nancy, November 2015 © Gaëlle Petrel
Above The North – Nancy, November 2015 © Gaëlle Pitrel

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Above The North - Nancy, November 2015 © Gaëlle Pitrel
Above The North – Nancy, November 2015 © Gaëlle Pitrel

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November 6th – Volmerange-Les-Mines

Tonight’s show is close to yesterday’s one, which allows us to sleep as much as we want in the morning. At this point of the tour, we are not too tired yet but everyone is happy to be able to relax outside of the van during the day. Some play video games, some edit photos and videos of yesterday, some keep on sleeping. We decide to go to Thionville, the closest “big” city as Aurélien (our guitar player) killed his pair of stage jeans yesterday night. It’s rainy and grey outside so we won’t spend too much time wandering around, we got straight to an H&M and left right after.

After a more than welcome short drive, we arrive at the No Man’s Land, a venue we’ve played a few months ago. We are greeted by Pierre, the bartender, which will later tell us that Claude (who founded and books the venue) won’t be with us that night as he’s sick. We were all stoked to see him again, he is an amazing and unique man, let’s just wish him a quick recovery.

It’s soundcheck time with Florian, the in-house sound engineer. Everyone in Above The North and My Area (we are once again playing together) is really happy to be here, most of us will hang near the chimney fire in a good spirit. Immaculate Justice, the opening band that night, arrives, linechecks and start their thrash metal set. The turnout for the night is a cool change from yesterday, and it’s My Area‘s turn to get on stage. They played the No Man’s Land quite a few times in the past and you can see right from the start that they feel at home, it’s a pleasure to watch them play.

We are the last band to play. and after making as much noise as possible to get the crowd to stand close to the stage, we start what could be my favorite set of this tour so far. Nathan (our drummer) had some issues with his earphones slipping away, but everyone had lots of energy, it was definitely the sweatiest show so far!

After load out and goodbyes with My Area, we head to the accommodation, an apartment 200m away from the venue.

Above The North - Volmerange-Les-Mines, November 2015 © Gaëlle Petrel
Above The North – Volmerange-Les-Mines, November 2015 © Gaëlle Pitrel

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Above The North - Nancy, November 2015 © Gaëlle Petrel
Above The North – Nancy, November 2015 © Gaëlle Pitrel

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Find out more:
European Tour Diaries #1
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Photos : Gaëlle Pitrel

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