"There's no big breakup story," says singer Brandon Welchez of the soon-to-disband Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower. "We're all still friends and still doing various band projects together." Recalling offbeat tour experiences, Welchez mentions hitting a Utah stage in skin-tight pants, faux-fur coats, and mascara.
"This didn't sit well with the conservatism of half the crowd, who immediately started heckling us.... One of them came up to the stage and was yelling things, so I spat in his face. After our last song, a group of 15 to 20 armed Mormon jocks gathered.... One of them had keys in his fist and punched our drummer's snare drum. One of them punched our drummer in the head, and I swung a cymbal stand at him.... I remember one of them looked me straight in the face and said, 'We've killed people before, and we'll do it again.' " Bar employees defused the brawl.
As for why the group was "banned in Baltimore," Welchez says, "Our roadie at the time was completely knackered. He was trying to make his way to the bathroom, which was upstairs, and he decided he didn't want to finish the walk.... We were ejected and told never to return and that we wouldn't work in Baltimore again. We found the tires to our van slashed once we got outside."
The Plot will play its final show December 1 at the Ché Café. "Me, Willy [Graves, bassist], and Brian [Hill, drummer] have the Prayers, and we have a four-song EP coming out early next year.... Me and Chuck [Rowell, guitarist] are doing the Vultures, and we're writing an album." The Plot's last release will be the seven-song EP, Saviours and Suckers.