Matty Roughneck gives us is favourite memories (and lack of memories) of life on tour in the Euro DIY punk scene.
Punk Rock Tour Tales is a new Shout Louder feature, where we interview bands about their tour stories. Read them all here.
Before the coronacoaster got rolling, Warrington’s folks-punks Roughneck Riot were booked to make a highly anticipated return to the live circuit. After nearly 15 years of touring, earning themselves a reputation as one of the riotous bands the UK punk scene has to offer, they took a one-year hiatus in 2019 to recoup some energy.
We took some time out to speak to Matty about his favourite road stories, including many that he’s forgotten.
Of the touring you’ve done, what’s been your favourite so far?
Pretty tough question for a couple of reasons. There’s been so many tours, with good and bad parts to them that it’s hard to say what was the best. They also seem to blend into one big tour in my head and a lot of the memories have been blurred by the finest beverages and such from across the mainland.
05:15 and I’ve accidentally set my alarm for 5pm, so Luke Yates, guitarist in The Human Project has to knock on my door to wake me up. I have one job (to get out of bed on time), and I’ve failed it.
It’s an early start, as are many of these trips. Loading merchandise into the back of a van at 5am, after staying in Luke’s spare room in Leeds the night before, I start considering why we bother. As a teenager, I imagined going on tour would involve a big Nightliner – a tour lorry with bunks beds, big screen TVs and a bar. As an adult I look forward to jumping in the back of a Mercedes Vito to travel in boredom for 10 hours, just to watch a band play for 30 minutes.
There’s an acceptance to it. It’s not glamorous, but it is fun. Luke jumps in the drivers seat of the van and we taxi round Leeds in the pre-dawn darkness to collect the rest of the band.
Tree’s laugh-out-loud funny account of Fair Do’s’ Japanese tour will make you feel like you were there.
In January 2019, Manchester tech-punks Fair Do’s toured Japan with good friend (and Manchester Punk Festival organiser) Ian ‘Tree’ Robinson. Tree agreed to write this tour diary exclusively for Shout Louder.
Tree’s Disclaimer: Fair Do’s have asked me to say that these are all my views and not from the mouth of anyone else!
Day 1: “My bass is more important than your merch”
Taxi picked us up at 04:45 to go to the airport. Leaving Bernie [my gorgeous girl] when she’s recovering from surgery is pretty heartbreaking. I kinda wish the tour was happening in a few more weeks. I’ve been so excited for the trip that I’ve just had to put everything to one side; before I know it I’ll be chilling with her at home.
I decided to starve myself of sleep as I’m not a big fan of flying. I prefer just to sleep through it. I find the whole process pretty suffocating and claustrophobic, I’m the kinda person that could’ve got through their entire life without flying and I wouldn’t have felt like I was missing out. English as fuck that, isn’t it?
Danny was getting panicked phone calls from Josh in the taxi about how his case is overweight by 0.5kg. Josh made it clear how important his bass was, I think he thought we’d just suggest leaving it so we could take merch instead (?). Sounds like a spliff would help the situation but we all know that’s out for a couple of weeks.