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Were in Portland, it's an hour till stage time, I'm writing this from our hotel room at the Doug Fir, G has driven like a demon to get us here (He loves to drive) I've been time lapsing out the window and Edd's been holding court from the back of the minivan, he is the Oracle of knowledge.

So if you managed to get to this page, you might have realised there is a problem with the front page. And there is, in that it has disappeared. A technical error has occurred - something to do with the internet and computers and maybe a bank holiday. But don't worry it will be fixed and if you are looking for tickets to our USA or Ireland or festival shows you should either revisit soon or google it and carry on as normal, we still love and need you all. Apologies from us.

And also gratzie milli for coming to see us in Italy - it was an experience we are hoping to repeat soon .

We sadly waved goodbye to Germany after another great crowd in Frankfurt. We felt the love in Germany , thank you all so much for coming out and supporting us. We hope to get back there whenever we can.

Shortly after the show we smashed our way through the ALps all the way to Milan. As soon as we walked into the venue

I remembered playing here years ago with Kings Of Convienence - a long time ago. So we were made up to see a probably bigger crowd turning up to see us.

We hit Berlin yesterday for a day off before tonights show. Of course we know a german minimalist techno DJ here who took us out to a smoky and( I mean smoky ) bar which reminded us how bars used to be back home , eyes blazing , clothes reeking - in the UK now you go outside to smoke but in Berlin you go outside to breath!! - it showed us how much we've adapted to the ban in the uk , maybe we're fragile old men underneath these muscular exteriors.

Brighton was our last show of this UK tour and it was extra special, we had most of the amazing Brighton based choir from the Theatre Royal show join us again for Future Boy and State of things, Pete Lawrie and his band also joined us for Underdog and the whole evening felt like a massive release, it was one of those hot sweaty nights where the air is filled with electricity, to look out into the crowd and see couples kissing, people crying and others beaming and singing along with all their hearts was mind blowing!

Well well well ! there was no way we could have know just how loud the crowd in Glasgow was going to belast night !!! What an incredible night we had , it was made pretty easy for us to be honest ! More like that please .

We woke up in York this morning after a great night at the Manchester Academy which pretty much started where we'd ended in Oxford, the energy was high and everyone seemed to be feeling up for it. I went for a few drinks with Gale before the gig and lubricated the nerves back into their cage, firmly under lock and key for the evening.

Here is a what we did eat in Bristol , it was a touch above our station but we decided to treat ourselves well after breaking the back of the tour in Birmingham . These succulent morsells powered us through the show that shaked and shivered in the beautiful room in St Georges . The tarragon sauce threw Olly's voice up into the heavens with notes of Thyme , and the minted lamb - helped by sauteed runner beans - silvered Gale's sliding.

This week were off on tour for the first time in ages, we will be on the road with our beloved band, back on the bus, bombing up and down the UK like a real life road movie, eating cheese, drinking wine and all the things we seem to migrate to when were together (that's the censored version;)

We have been working hard on the new set and hopefully have found the right balance of new and old material, I think the most important thing is that were FEELING it, the new stuff just feels so right and allows us some new found freedom too...