Are you concentrating enough?

Sunday, 09 December 2012
Today the red paintings visited a world war 2 concentration camp. Auschwitz 1. We waked inside it's gas chambers, stood in the area where thousands of Jews were shot against a cold cement wall, walked the paths where they were left in minus degree temperatures and doused in water to freeze to death, walked into the cells where they were left to starve to death, touched the rusted barbed wire fences that kept them enclosed in a living hell and the list goes on. You can almost hear the screams of helplessness and despair in the cold air. I'm sure I speak for the other band members when I say this place feels sad, grey and confusing. Body and soul feeling numb. I think it's one thing to see storybooks, TV shows and movies of this tragic time but to actually be inside its walls is yet another level of reality check and sickness, something I never thought we would see in our time here. So tonight's show we started with the song "injecting chemicals into the eyes of god" a track I wrote about a Jewish teenager girl shot in the eye by a German soldier while her mother watched in disbelief, he then turned to her and shot her also in front of the entire camp. Fragile but stupidly powerful we humans are, never forget. My mind started writing a new song as I walked around the camp, strangely I could write the entire string section, Rhythm section and lyrics all in one hr. Strange to me how my mind can do that but usually only in such epic locations or situations. I'm calling it "the saddest place on earth". P.s possible this is the coldest and most snowiest place I've ever been too. Our van is even turning water to ice inside our tour van. Mitch now has a new rattle. The tour goes on and on and...

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Sometimes im not even sure if i exist.

Friday, 07 December 2012
Just played our 2nd show in a beautiful white snow covered Poland. Really love this place, people we have met both nights have been so caring to us and even tho tonight's show a hard show to play and fall into, the painters and the human canvases took control of this show and filled any emptiness with color. In all the shows I've played in this band I've never seen or felt anything like it. We were not going to post the art till next week but I couldn't resist. Quick pick in my hotel bathroom of the amazing painting created at the show in 45 mins. I was watching this painter the entire time create this and how he painted each brush stroke to each musical change and dynamic. Same with the human canvas painters. During the show they all walked up and hugged me as communist aliens, so unexpected, never had that happen before were the painters felt my energy so much so they came to me on stage to lift my energy. It's a beautiful band the red paintings in so many ways. Next we hit Czech republic I think it's been 28 shows we have played so far. Now I sleep and dream inside tonight's painting. Koodva!

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Visions of war to the moon.

Sunday, 02 December 2012
So tonight we played in Slovakia. A city in which Hitler and his army killed more then 20,0000 Jews, more then any other city or town. So i gave them every inch of energy from my soul left and it seemed to have reflected well and safe to say we all had a blast. I think we made history tonight and i heard that from more people then i can count on both hands. A precious place, with precious history and tragedy. I feel honored to have played such a show and with that i send a balloon with a Chinese whisper into the sky of thoughts...Video HERE

Swinging for dear life.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012
A very sad day today. Early hrs of this morning I received an email that one of our most colourful fans Erin “Jack” Distance had taken her own life, leaving behind her 5 month old son Conor. She hung her self in a park in Brisbane. My life of late has been running a hundred miles an hr but this has stopped me in my tracks. Erin or as I would call her "Jack" had been supporting us for many years and I would see her at almost every show in QLD and often made the time to talk to her about life and her beliefs. I could see such a fragile soul but also a destructive one and it was truly amazing to me that she would say my songs were helping her through times in her life. She would always tell me the song Rain meant so much to her and I use to put it in the set just for her to feel. Right now I'm about to walk on a plane to London and play one of the biggest tours of my life. I feel obligated to stay and attend her funeral and be with you all especially as I know she didn't have that many people in her life.

I wish I could have hugged her just to say everything is going to be okay, just see what tomorrow will bring. Sadly those actions are too late. For those who know Erin and I know many in the TRP community do, please if you can send some love to Michelle pumpernickel as she was living with Jack and had the life changing job to identify her body. Those experiences take you to another dimension and I imagine she needs all the support she can get, even if she says otherwise. I know as I saw my parents body not too long ago. I'm so sorry guys. Will miss our little Justin Bieber heckler, she had a good, crazy soul and the most beautiful smile. Those of you who can make the funeral please pass on my thoughts while you are present and I’ll be playing Rain to you all from the UK. Know I'm in tears as I write this to you. Fragile souls indeed :( even more reason to smash this UK tour, we’ll be playing Rain for Jack every single night! Poor little baby Conor lost his Mumma :( how fucking terribly sad. In Australia there are more youth suicides then car crashes yet Brisbane council rejected a suicide prevention barrier proposal last month. Arseholes. You know what, here is the just finished version I created of Rain for the new album. Going to give you the option to donate whatever you feel like for this song and what we make over the next few weeks we will pass onto Erin's baby boy or to help with funeral costs. I know funerals are expensive and I'm sure her family will appreciate all the support they can get. Thanks to you all. Trash x

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A broken record played too...

Sunday, 05 August 2012

Right up until 2mins ago I have been in involved in months of mastering for the new album - Some songs had 9 re masters and the 10 re-mixes before that - In the world of music making this is absurd, insane and crazy. The last song was 'Vampires are chasing me' and I just couldn't get the Vocal where I wanted it, so it felt like I was in your heart when you listened to me singing but now it's sitting just nicely oh and the Orchestra in this song now is just pumping and about fkn time!. After hearing it a million times (seriously a million) it finally fills my spirit. Anyway the good news is, it's done. You would think I would hate this album after all its tribulations and massive financial negatives but funny enough I'm actually enjoying it more now then I ever have. I mustn't be from this planet. I'm one of the lucky ones that were able to produce a pumping heart in audio and visual form. Now we wait for its release in the mean time I'm going to go play with my toys.

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Vegas pays back?

Thursday, 05 July 2012
So i now have my own Vegas story to brag about. After playing at the Royal House I went to the bar and a very pretty ''call girl'' or for another word professional love maker came up to me in front of everyone and said ''I will pay you $100 to sit at the foyer piano and play me a song''. Quickest $100 I've ever made, I even tried to give it back to her and she wouldn't take it. I thought in Vegas it was the boys dishing out all the cash for services, I guess not. Oh and we have been asked to play a very special Vegas wedding later in the year for two of our most awesome fans and dedicated fans (these guys are at all our shows). I'm thinking we should do it.

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Perhaps my greatest achievement.

Saturday, 25 February 2012


With all the emails, posts and fans that have come up to me at shows, I've successfully worked out we have been able to convert through the awareness of our shows and forum debates more then 250 TRP fans to a vegetarian/vegan diet. I believe even more when I hear about how passionate these TRP fans are to educate their own family and friends to do the same even though some of them are ridiculed for their selfless actions. That my friends make’s me so proud and gives me all the inspiration that allows me to dig deeper to make this project a global success. We are a voice for the animals!
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