Clowns of The Rolling Circus: Part I
What is it that makes The Rolling Circus Europe’s most freakishly fantastic bus tour? As is always the case with Stoke, the point of difference is the people. Meet our strapping team of fearless leaders, performers, friends and tag-alongs and just see if you can resist joining them on their European jaunt.
Aka “The Band”. We like to treat them as one person, otherwise they hold too much sway in group decision making. The Rubics put on a live show tighter than a cat’s arse, bringing flavours of funk, soul, R’n’B and Kiwi to classic rock’n’roll. Their sound won them Battle of the Bands New Zealand, and their prize was to tour Europe with us… Lucky them, huh? See if you can guess which one’s the frontman.
What do you bring to The Rolling Circus?
Jason: A great live show.
Jason: Good times.
Rob: We bring a fresh kind of music, all the way from New Zealand. We’ve come here to explore and to share the love, that’s pretty much what we bring, that’s all we do.
Brendon: A revival of classic rock.
Rob: That’s the one, that’s the one. It all starts here.
What is your favourite thing about Stoke’s Rolling Circus?
Leo: The people.
Brendon: Yeah, the people.
Rob: They make you feel like you’re part of the family.
Jason: Yeah, they’re not bad.
Rob: You don’t sense any fake attributes to it, it’s…
Simon: It’s organic, spontaneous, it’s got a lot of character. You just wanna know everybody because it’s like each person brings something new to the group. It’s changing all the time – there’s new people joining, and you catch up with other people later, it’s just constantly rolling…
Rob: That and the booze, and a lot of women. Yeah. Next one.
Which of the other staff members do you secretly lust after?
Rob: COUGH Chantal! COUGH
Leo: Emily and Sophie, that’s my two.
Rob: Leave me out of this, but I think most of the boys, most of them want Chantal. And obviously Toni.
Someone wolf whistles.
It would be nice to shag her.
What is your spirit animal?
Rob: Mick Jagger is my spirit animal. Fuckin’ no wilder animal than Mick Jagger. For real? Like a real animal? Mick Jagger!
Simon: Mine’s an owl.
Brendon: I love owls.
Rob: Alright, alright, maybe next question.
What is your favourite destination on the Circus itinerary/which one are you looking forward to the most?
Simon: Each destination offers different things, but in terms of music, I think we’re most looking forward to Munich, cos it’s just going to be a huge festival, there’s going to be so many people and we’re gonna be partying.
Rob: I’m looking forward to Prague!
How many shows are you playing Munich?
Zel and Simon: Just one.
Simon: One big show though.
Rob: One unlimited show.
And why Prague?
Zel: He likes the women there.
Rob: Czech girls! No no no, hey, the beer, you know the medieval type of architecture…
Leo: It’s a beautiful city man.
Jason: And the show’s sold out, that helps.
What is the craziest thing that has happened to you/that you have done abroad?
Simon: Shit, I mean you’ve gotta put some kind of filter on it hey.
Rob: Can I speak anonymously? There’s this one night where I know these two band members, who got on with these two French girls, and they show us the French way. Showed them the French way. Thank you very much. That’s it.
Elaborate. What’s the French way? We don’t know.
Rob: Let’s just say they played pool at the pool table, from 11 o’clock pm, to 8 o’clock in the morning.
So what happened at this pool table?
Rob: Lots of sticking and…
Did anybody sink any of these balls?
Rob: Ah yeah, one Russian guy? He had a really massive pole!
Who sunk the eight-ball that night?
Rob: Definitely the Russian guy. He was pretty talented. He knew how to stroke it.
Zac (aka Mr Sunt