May 13, 2009... A few days before we released the first single of our album "Same Sights, New Light", we played a concert at the student week in Ilmenau. Before that we spent months in the studio, writing and producing the record by ourselves. We needed to play again! As the record release shows for the album were only a month ahead, we thought we should play a show before all that. So Ilmenau! Here we come! At first we were brought into a small rock club, expecting that this would be the venue for the concert. But as we mention that to the promoter, he only laughs... "No, no. You are playing in the ice stadium tonight!"... He must be kidding? Nope, he wasn't. Soon we would find ourselves inside a huge building, made for hockey or other sport events. Wow. Half of the building was a labyrinth, filled with information about the history of human rights (student week!), the other half was us and our gear on a huge stage. We set everything up there, and because there were no other bands that day, the stage was basically built for us (that never happened before, and maybe never again haha). We started soundchecking. Kinda weird playing in that huge thing. After dinner we relaxed outside the venue, where we found a little lake. From there we watched sunset and saw people coming to the show. Sure, we have played a lot before, but with all the recording time since our last show, we had to be nervous, right? The show was okay, though some people were heckling us during the concert ("Can you play faster?", "Ska!", "Hey ho, let's go!" etc., you know). But... a nice time nevertheless! When everything was packed up again and we had loaded our gear back into the bus, we did a long interview at the hotel, which was a lot of fun. Fun also because for no real reason we had five rooms (each with three beds) on three floors. Which basically meant that a lot of wine gums were to be collected... Next morning: Big breakfast and a safe ride home. We were almost ready to tour again...

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