Here are some of the highlights from our time on the Midnight Oil tour of the west coast of America in May this year.
We (well, our amazing mate Kyran Wheatley) drove on the wrong side of the road a whole lot and only hit one car once. We threw snowballs in the mountains of Colorado. We played to 2800 eager Oils fans in Oakland after having ridden horses at George's dream home, the famously beguiling Madonna Inn. (The name of one said horse is being hotly disputed as I write this. It's been a big couple of weeks...) Elana carried her accordion, aptly named "The Moose" up and down millions of stairs and we met dozens of the loveliest Oils fans in the land. We drove hundreds of miles and listened to dozens of podcasts – we even made one ourselves. We played Buzzer Beaters (you'll have to listen to the podcast to get the scoop on that little treasure) and listened to "I Will Survive" as we hurtled across the Golden Gate Bridge in our 7-seater Chrysler mini-van. We stopped for a lot of loo breaks (it's highly possible Katie needs medical attention) and managed to keep our food-eating sounds to a minimum (Hannah has a much misunderstood disease called Misophonia. Read about it. She will thank you.) We stood side of stage and danced like maniacs to the incredible and seemingly unending energy that is Midnight Oil.
It was the best of times and it was the best of times. We will always be grateful to The Oils for this experience and to Kyran for driving us around the country and only hitting one car once. We hope you enjoy these little snippets from our wonderful time with the quintessential Aussie band that is, Midnight Oil.
Photos and captions by Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts, Elana Stone and Georgia Mooney. Additional photos by Kyran Wheatley. All as credited.
Now back home, All Our Exes Live In Texas kick off their own headline tour — in support of 2017 LP, 'When We Fall' — starting Saturday, June 10th at Lizotte's in Newcastle and running through to July. Details and tickets here.