Late October saw Flyte and Shy Nature head out on the DIY Presents Tour 2014 in association with PledgeMusic - six free-entry shows which culminated in Saturday’s all-dayer at The Laundry in London.
“We had some time [to hang out], the main one was after Nottingham,” remembers drummer Matthew Paisley of the tour. We bonded that night over some whiskey. The two Will’s wrestled, Will [Taylor] from Flyte and Will [Blackaby] from Shy Nature.”
“I’ve actually got quite a good picture of mid-wrestling, where they’re squaring off,” laughs Gary Saloman. “I think someone executed a stunner, and it was pretty much game over after that.”
Here, Shy Nature have sent us a pictorial tour diary of the whole tour, featuring crowds in Leeds, hotel beds, inter-band group hugs and a wall.
“Bands arrive. Venue suddenly a complete mess.”
“Surrounded by pedals.”
“Matt cracked a cymbal on the first day of the tour, so bought this shiny new one.”
“Exploring the streets of Bournemouth.”
“The kind of picture you end up taking a bunch of when spending a lot of time staring at the side of a road.”
“Reading and enjoying daytime TV at one of our favourite boutique hotels.”
“One of our painstakingly personalised amps sitting in anticipation of a show.”
“Will warming up with our spare guitar. Never tour without a sparesie.”
“Good vibes in Leeds.”
“We carry and sell all our merch in this old picnic basket. It’s starting to fall apart a little but that’s become part of its charm.”
“Will and Will’s infamous wrestling match outside Nottingham castle.”
“Spooky lights backstage on the last date of the tour, the DIY all-dayer in London.”