5 Food-Related Tour Stories Shared By Luca Brasi

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Tasmanian best mates Luca Brasi returned last year with their sixth studio album, one that thrums with renewed energy and verve; a fiery blast from a band refreshed and renewed.

'The World Don't Owe You Anything' is an album where Luca Brasi gives us everything they've got. The riffs are desperate, fast, and are aching to be heard. The songwriting takes us on a journey of introspection and self-reflection and throws it up against a bombastic, urgent backing track that harkens back to the group's salad days.

The result is a collection of songs that beg the sky-flung fists and beer showers of band rooms across the country to come with it.

"We're about to kick off a national tour and I thought it'd be fitting to think of five stories from adventures eating food on the road," vocalist-bassist Tyler Richardson says.

"In no particular order, and not even necessarily the top five; just five that make me laugh thinking back through all these years of FUN!"

Subway Adventure #1

Our tour manager Dicko had somehow never been to Subway. We were somewhere in Europe and he geed himself to head up to the counter and order. Instead he rocked up to the counter and announced/ requested: "One Subway please." Years of taking the piss followed.

Subway Adventure #2

Tying heavily back into the above, we were back overseas in Glasgow with Dicko attempting to be rid of the years of hassling over the 'One Subway please' incident – our sandwich-hungry Dicko had this one sorted. Bread? Done. Filling? A breeze. Dicko was smashing it.

Nearing the end of this delicious order, our Scottish sandwich artist was asked what cheese he would like. Pointing to his possible selection and asking "what kind of cheese is this?" Dicko was almost home and hosed. Said Scottish pal replied "grated" with no irony and dry as the Sahara. Cue rolling on the floor and more years of Dicko copping it.

Pissed-off bain-marie operator

We'd finished a long regional tour and ended up down the highway looking for food. At some horrible truck stop we put our orders in, waited, waited, and waited some more.

After about an hour I had to go ask what the go was. The extremely pissed-off worker said to me: "I don't give a f...ing shit!" I couldn't even be mad, it was too good. Full marks Geelong bain-marie operator.

Bain-marie lottery

Dicko once again features in the story of another bain-marie mission. He likes to play a game called the bain-marie lottery where you have to try to order the most f...ed thing possible – lasagna toppers etc. He put in a request for a deep fried pork spare rib, but cut in half so he could share the goodness.

The person behind the counter gave him a withering look, then very showman like grabbed his tongs, grabbed the pork rib, made a big lunge over to the cutting board, exhaled as he drove the knife through, dropped both pieces in a bag, slammed on the counter and said loudly to the big crowd: "Right, does anyone want anything NOT cut in half." I love touring with Dicko.

Burnt Empanadas In Germany

We were in Germany and I'd found this sick supermarket full of vegan stuff. I had been eating pretzels and beer for days and was excited about my new found tucker. We were staying in the lounge room of someone we had met at a show and I popped them in the oven.

I woke two hours later to burning Mexican and jumped up fast as I could and ran to the oven. Made one step, broke my toe on the floor. Then sat in the van for a 12-hour drive eating burnt empanadas. 1/5 stars.

Luca Brasi 2024 Tour Dates

Wed 15 May - The Baso (Canberra)
Thu 16 May - The Gov (Adelaide)
Fri 17 May - Northcote Theatre (Melbourne)
Sat 18 May - Rosemount Hotel (Perth)
Wed 22 May - The Triffid (Brisbane)
Thu 23 May - Miami Marketta (Gold Coast)
Fri 24 May - Metro Theatre (Sydney)
Sat 25 May - King Street (Newcastle)

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