It is April 2007 and I am at The Adelaide in Wellington, New Zealand, playing a solo guitar set opening for The Idle Suite. A disgruntled punter who has already brandished a bar stool at me comes and stands very, very close to me and menacingly whisper-shouts in my ear, “Do you think you could play something a bit more fuckin’ … tuneful?” A more insightful fellow near the back shouts out the best/worst heckle ever: “Your music’s like your haircut!” I make a mental note not to play here again without a machete lashed to my guitar’s headstock. Towards the end of their set the main act invite me to join them onstage as some kind of compensation and I agree to do so (safety in numbers). Jump ahead to April 2015: Idle Suite guitarist Mark S Williams (also of Cookie Brooklyn, A Bad Suburb, MarineVille, Bad Statistics, etc.) and I are having our next onstage meeting. We are playing a guitar duo set at The Pyramid Club in Wellington and … nothing bad happens! The freewheeling music flows beautifully and as a bonus the audience members do not wish to kill us. The Friendly Road collects the very best bits from this live performance, a rehearsal/recording session earlier that week and a perverse micro-session from 2017. 30 copies.
released November 11, 2018
Mark S Williams - guitar, editing
Ben Spiers - guitar, editing, cover
Recorded in Wellington, NZ:
Ya-Ya, 13/04/15 (1,2,6,7,9) & 05/04/17 (3) and
live at The Pyramid Club, 15/04/15 (4,5,8).