I find it hard to believe – because in my mind I’m still about 15 years old – but Sunday Driver have been together for ten years. That’s longer than most marriages…
A decade ago, a much younger Kat, Joel, Mel and Chandy nervously tiptoed onto the stage at the now-defunct Boat Race in Cambridge (if memory serves me correctly, though it might have been the Portland) and played our entire repertoire of 4 songs. I may have even sung one of them, before everyone realised that it was probably for the best if I never ever did it again.
Along the way, we’ve played some brilliant gigs – and some truly awful ones (Willow Walker, anyone?). We’ve been through more drummers than Spinal Tap, and we’ve learnt exactly how to push each others’ buttons – in good ways and bad.
So to celebrate our first decade together, we threw a party at the Portland Arms in Cambridge – our spiritual home. We also used it as an excuse to raise money for a Cambridge charity who help disabled children get involved in the arts.
There were party decorations:
And (of course!) cupcakes and brownies:
There was jamming in the beer garden:
There were support bands:
And we played an absolute blinder:
Such and incredible night. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the memory of everyone letting off party poppers and blowers in the last song. Or the sound of a drunken Scotsman yelling “FUCK YEEEEEAAAAH!!!” in the middle of our sacred Sanskrit mantra. Awesome. Just awesome.
Huge thanks t0 everyone who came down and made it such a great night for us all. We raised over £100 for the arts charity, and had an unforgettable time. Here’s to the next decade! Or at least, the next album…