BLOG DIAMOND: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sixth Chord

Sunday 8th-Monday 9th

The Techtonics enjoyed a lazy Sunday morning. Having woken up on the top floor of the Derby Haus we slowly pulled ourselves together, loaded up the cars and waited outside to leave whilst James fantasized over fruit. We walked into Providence with the Derby’s who took us to Chipotle for the first burrito of tour which we greedily ate on a lawn on Brown’s campus.

I’ll take this chance to thank our friends the Brown Derbys who were awesome hosts, as ever, and showed us such a great time while we were in Providence, you guys are awesome.

So having said our goodbyes to the Derbys we left in the cars for a long four and a half hour drive to Philly. Half way through the drive our accommodation for the evening fell through so we had to book another last-minute hostel for the group. We ended up booking beds at Chamounix Mansion, an amazing old house just outside Philadelphia which Zain was convinced was haunted. When the first car  arrived we managed to catch the last 20 mins of Breaking Bad before checking in. We gave the concierge a quick rendition of ‘I’m a Believer’ before hitting the hay (check out their facebook page- there are videos of us on there!). Three TTs: Ryan, Maggie and Mike went for a midnight walk through the scary forest and never returned, they are still missing without a trace… The other TTs partook in a reading of some excellent literature before nodding off.

In the morning, the Techtonics made pancakes! We privateered the kitchen of Chamounix and spent a good hour making a gluttonous volume of pancakes accompanied by Conrad, he can play the honky tonk like anything. We sang again for the staff, including an off the cuff perfomance of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and in return they allowed us to use one of the beautiful front rooms as a rehearsal space which the TTs used to learn ‘Let Her Go’ by Passenger.

Next we headed to a local supermarket for lunch where James was in fruit heaven and proceeded to gorge himself on apples and oranges, as did we all a little to counterbalance the huge amount of fast food we had eaten. We lined ourselves along the benches in front of the store to make ourselves sandwiches and met some lovely people. One friendly couple bought our CD and another stranger offered to buy us all cheese steak sandwiches after a performance of ‘Coney Island Baby’!

We headed then to Collegeville and Ursinus College to meet our old friend and ex-Imperielle Paige then rehearsed and sound checked for the first mic’d gig of tour. Max got straight down to business as soon as we arrived, frantically trying to overcome compatibility issues of our mic setup with the PA of Ursinus’ venue. Just in the nick of time we managed to get it sorted and hastily checked our EQs before the concert started.

We were singing alongside two awesome UC groups: The B’Naturals and The Bearitones. The B’Naturals sang first and gave an incredible set, the crowd were going mad! Following them were the Bearitones who as part of their set performed ‘Dear Mr. My Girlfriend likes British Guys’ which was riotously funny and had all of the TTs in tears of laughter and received a well deserved standing ovation from the Brits. Next up was the Techtonics and we loved every single second. Ursinus brought in an awesome crowd and they welcomed us onto the stage screamily, the Techtonics were feeding off the energy of the crowd and we had an incredible time singing for them.

Once the concert had finished a few Techtonics were grabbed for ‘exclusive’ interviews and once we had regrouped we headed for one of the courtyards in the middle of a dorm. There we partied with the Ursinus groups and tensions between the Techtonics and the B’Naturals grew so high that they were all unleashed in a no holds barred street riff-off. The a cappella groups tore viciously at each others throats with spontaneous performances of ‘The Pokemon Theme’ and ‘Say My Name’ (‘Oom Pah Loom Pah’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory may have also made an appearance..). Unfortunately the merriment was brought swiftly to an end due to Conrad attempting to “Twerk it like Miley” and everyone headed eagerly for their beds. Thank you so much to the B’Naturals, the Bearitones, Paige, Red and all our new friends at Ursinus College for giving us such an awesome night.

-MR

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