Releasing albums is weird business. Contrary to what you may believe, they aren’t like babies. There’s a number of release dates required for albums internationally, each requiring its own publicity schedule of tours, interviews and the rest of it. But if you’re the type who thinks touring is a grueling slog, maybe you should have your mind changed by the man behind Paper Beat Scissors, Tim Crabtree. His recent European tour coincided with his UK release of March 2012’s beautifully-crafted self-titled debut. Crabtree details the best moments of his recent Euro foray.
You may feel jealousy: “I'm struggling to take it all in, as it's all happening so quickly, playing to a packed house at the Rolling Stone Magazine festival in Germany after eating dinner backstage with Dinosaur Jr., Suede and They Might Be Giants milling around the buffet backstage. Trying to break our way out of said festival's perimeter fence so that we could take a windy walk along a Baltic Sea beach. Anything that came out of Michael Feuerstack's mouth, ever—are you going on tour? Take him with you, it will be the happiest tour you ever have!” says Crabtree. “Meeting legendary BBC Radio DJ Bob Harris and doing a session and interview with him was just incredible. Time is drawing to an end on this trip, though, and I'll be back in Halifax next week.” But before he goes, Crabtree wants to be your pen pal. The first party to email email@example.com with their mailing address will be the lucky recipient of a postcard from the road, courtesy of Paper Beat Scissors.
Live vicariously through his exotic travels through Germany, Austria, the UK and France! “This tour I've realized the value of going inside cathedrals at night. Something about the light just takes the energy of these places to a different level,” says Crabtree. “We also had a day off in the mountains in Austria and spent a good few hours prancing around Alpine glades, getting our Sound of Music on.”
After Crabtree’s return home, there are a few house shows scheduled, but mainly he plans on working on new material. “I'm so ready to go full out working on the follow up.” When asked if he writes on the road, Crabtree is emphatic, and somehow makes me feel better for my own lack of concentration while writing. “Big fat nope. I wish. I need a computer. And all of my instruments. And complete silence. And internal peace. And nobody else in the house. I do, however, like to think that, when on the road, I'm ingesting and digesting experience that will later find its way into song, so, I guess, perhaps, in a way, a small, thin, yes”