Legoland, soft mints, oh, the horrors…
The Wytches by Steve Gullick

Bands tend to travel, and when they do, they both see and do things, eat things and meet things – people, even. And Clash, sometimes, likes to know about these adventures – hence, Good Trip, Bad Trip, our series devoted to bands’ on-the-road recollections.

This time, we’ve Kristian Bell (vocals/guitar) of Brighton-based psych-cum-grunge-rockers The Wytches spilling those backpacks-full beans on what his lot has been up to – and he even goes a little further back, to the memory of minty puke.

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Best Trip…
“Driving through the desert on our American tour. Santa Fe was great.”

Worst Trip…
“Legoland ’06. I ate a whole share bag of soft mints and sicked on my trousers.”

Our favourite foreign venue…
“Definitely the Spiegelbar in Utrecht. It’s friendly and the locals seem to dig going there. I think they are quite passionate about the place from what we hear.”

We’re surprisingly popular in…
“Brazil. We’ve had a lot of coverage there. It’s strange that people somewhere so far away know your music. Hopefully we’ll visit for a tour soon.”

Best or worst foodstuff had on the road…
“My worst food is Turkish delight. Tastes like you’re eating chocolate-covered potpourri.”

Most interesting individual you’ve met on the road…
“A couple of people who have given us spiritual stones before. That was interesting.”

Worst on-tour injury, or accident…
“I had a fight with a shark in the Cardiff natural history museum. It came to life and I had to give him a good old biff.”

My essential travel item...
“Passport. You need it to get into other countries, so it’s the most essential item to carry. Next to my book of poems by Leonard Cohen.”

My essential travel tip…
“Bring something else to do to occupy your mind as you’ll end up with cabin fever and start to lose it. A book, a game, anything.”

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Photo: Steve Gullick

The Wytches’ debut album ‘Annabel Dream Reader’ is out now on Heavenly Recordings. Find the band online here, and see them play as follows:

October
6th – The Harley, Sheffield
7th – Think Tank, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
9th – Sound & Vision Festival, Norwich
10th – West End Centre, Aldershot
11th – Kazimer, Liverpool
13th – Duchess, York
14th – Roadmender, Northampton
16th – Joiners, Southampton
17th – Exchange, Bristol

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