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Hi there ! Summer is over, we have a few shows schedueled here and there. Third week of the US tour diary will come soon hopefully. Take care !

10/06/2013 | FR | ST LEU, REUNION ISLAND | Rondavelle
10/12/2013 | FR | LE PORT, REUNION ISLAND | Base ULM | Quadraphonics
10/26/2013 | FR | NANTES | Lieu Unique | Quadraphonics
10/31/2013 | FR | ROUBAIX | Condition Publique | Quadraphonics
11/02/2013 | FR | NANCY | Autre Canal | Quadraphonics
11/03/2013 | FR | CHABEUIL | Salle de la mairie | Quadraphonics
11/08/2013 | FR | ANGOULEME | Nef
11/09/2013 | FR | LA ROCHE SUR YON | Fuzz’Yon
01/25/2014 | FR | RAMBOUILLET | Usine à Chapeaux

US Tour Diary – 2nd Week

Good people, the 2nd week of the US tour diary for you to read !
In the meantime get ready for what we’re up to with La Colonie de Vacances :
06/26/2013 | FR | BORDEAUX | Rock School Barbey
06/27/2013 | FR | TOULOUSE | Sièstes Électroniques Festival

04/01/2013 | NASHVILLE, TN

The Owl Farm is a DIY space in the outskirts of Nashville. An office space turned into a venue, the door right next to it is a church, some obscure Christian cult. We get there around 7pm and the venue is closed, so we drive around town. The Music City, as it is called, seems to have a crossroad of 7/8 bars including Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville… Every bar has some band play some FM-rock or country, we grab some Indian food and head back to the venue. We load in and the band Altar Of Complaints plays, we play then a band from Baton Rouge called Baby Boy plays and finally Gnarwhal. It’s a strange place and there seems to be a strange combination of people there and playing even though the show is fun. Gnarwhal are very impressive, the promoter Tyler is a very talented drummer, and we’re definitely looking forward to seeing them again some time soon. Jesse from Altar Of Complaints takes us back to his place; the house he shares with 4 other people is also a small rehearsal space/venue. It definitely feels like Tennessee or what I would imagine anyway, white men barely out of teenage-hood struggling with different jobs all that mixed with southern culture. The walls have Xeroxed punk-rock show posters as well as anti-birth control ads and other weird stuff. While one is listening to screamo in his room, one is playing country style violin… the mash up is rather awful. We wake up to the smell of bacon in the kitchen, they kindly offer breakfast and we head to Georgia. There was a hint of melancholy and a sense that they were left behind, something I could hardly put into words.

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04/02/2013 | ATLANTA, GA

We get our friend Max at the Airport. He’s an old buddy from middle school who now works for the state housing department. It’s really cool to get him on board. Under The Couch is a venue inside Georgia Tech campus. Compared to last night, the surroundings are quite different, looking for the venue; we walk across the “food corner” : a perfect selection of American fast food so the students can “eat”. We pay 5 dollars to unload our gear and then wait for the show to start. The show is supposed to be broadcasted on the university radio called WREK. We also meet another old friend Antoine who now lives in Atlanta, he pours beer into soda cups so no one notices, alcohol is prohibited on the premises. Two girls under the name Little Boxes start playing. They play an Alanis Morissette cover and I decide to stroll around campus and end up watching PSG-FC Barcelona on a huge screen close to the food corner. While the whole campus smells like Subway, Life At Sea plays. Then, we set up and wait for 45 minutes so they set up all the mics and prepare the broadcast. The sound people do not seem to know what they are doing and by the time we listen to the CD they burnt for us we’re pretty sure they don’t know. Of course, we play when half of the audience is gone. The college boys take us back to their place after a nice Chinese restaurant, Matt, his roommate and Aaron are most definitely on the other side of the American system compared to the Nashville boys. They all study engineering in different specialties and seem to have a future planned out for themselves. They let us sleep as long as we want.

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04/03/2013 | WEST COLUMBIA, SC

Standing outside Conundrum Music Hall, some guy tells me this is one of the most conservative town in the most conservative state in the United States, I’m not sure it is true, but judging from the confederate flag right in front of the South Carolina state senate, I’m going to trust him on this one. Anyway, Tom who owns and runs the Conundrum is great. The club is perfect and the eclectic music that comes through makes it even better. Unfortunately the venue that night is poorly attended, I spend most of the night out talking with a nice chap who tells me a little bit about the area and even shares his family’s story. His grand father was a drunk that used to beat his family and one day his wife tells him that if he comes back to the house drunk again she’ll leave and take the kids with her, inevitably that occurs rather sooner than later. As the family has found refuge in his great-grand father’s house, the grand father came drunk as ever violently claiming for his family, the great-grand father couldn’t bear with it anymore and shot down his daughter’s husband on the front lawn. Our trip is going rather smoothly, after the show we drive to Tom’s beautiful house in the woods. Chili and wine as well as interesting conversation make for a good night. Tom trying to bring challenging music to West Columbia is probably a struggle but it’s definitely worth fighting for.

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04/04/2013 | ATHENS, GA

Back in Georgia, we eat and chill in Athens until the club opens, we meet with Joel, our host for the evening and also an active member of the Athens music scene, playing in Cinemecanica, engineering and mastering. Basically a really good guy! The Caledonia Lounge is a nice club, owned and run by musicians. The poster has a boy dressed up as Napoleon bleeding, presumably because he’s been slapped in the face, strange for us but it’s one of the rare posters on the tour. Nurture starts off, us next and then Lazer/Wulf closes the bill. There’s a decent crowd here tonight, and the music the bands are playing is pretty different, the people are paying close attention to what we are doing. I meet some of the people from the band Man Ray. It feels like the first real show in the last couple of days. After shooting the shit with all the people, bands, bartenders, promoters etc we hit Joel’s house, the living room is a control room, a mixing board and outboard gear make for the usual coffee table and TV. We talk Seinfeld, music and finally crash late. The next day we go out for lunch with Joel and enjoy a glimpse of the Georgia sun.

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04/05/2013 | GREENSBORO, NC

North Carolina! The sweet suburban life surrounding us as we drive through the neighborhood looking for the TYP Haus. We park in front of the “Haus” where two guys are blowing up firecrackers taped with eggs filled with confetti: “I should stop but this is way too much fun” our host is an exuberant hyperactive young student. The two hosts were fooling around with a mandolin and a toy guitar on the front porch when we arrived. He now describes the recycled furniture on his front porch and points out it was made by his father a “redneck weirdo sculptor”. The house is enigmatic, just a small living room is open on the corridor and kitchen where the shows take place. The exuberant excitement all over the place is pretty crazy due to the hosts of the evening that are all over the place. There’s a certain tiredness in my mood, I’m not really up for socializing. The show is a lot of fun. The audience is jammed into the room, and the show is very energetic with an enjoyable communion. Nevertheless drinking is still the audience’s main concern and we’re wondering if we’ll sleep here on the floor or grab a motel room. There’s a great mix of punk kids, goth ladies, wannabe hipsters, and random dudes, all getting along and interacting. To our surprise by 1:30 in the morning everyone leaves and we’re able to set up a camping site in the living room/stage. The hard wood floor is particularly soothing tonight.

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04/06/2013 | WASHINGTON DC

We get to La Casa late. Really late. The Richmond show was unfortunately cancelled, I called the promoter when we were in Chicago, he said he might be going to a festival but the show was still on. It seemed like he knew exactly what he was doing. So we tried to find another show and Melissa saved us on this one. Pierre who booked the tour has been in contact with her to book a show in DC. She worked at Dischord and plays in Soccer Team but we’ll get back to this later. I step in La Casa and introduce myself. We proceed to unloading the gear directly with kind help from everyone. We set up directly and play. It feels kind of rushed. La Casa is a community center in an old church and the show is a benefit show for radio CPR. Stypex is on right after us, as Antelope fans it’s really great to meet two of the members (Mike and Justin), this band is also a three piece with Amanda on drums, it’s their first set ever and it’s very promising. I hope to hear this again some time soon. We load and leave before Mind Over Matter Music Over Mind plays, to eat and go over to Melissa and Dennis’ place to sleep. Moussa our waiter at the diner joint speaks French and they check our ID’s twice before we can order a drink, thinking our ID’s are fake, or I don’t know what they’re doing. Anyway, the conversation with Dennis and Melissa is great. It’s always a fantastic feeling to meet the right people in town. Sadly, it’s our last night with Maxime. Really nice to have him here on tour!

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04/07/2013 | WASHINGTON DC

We get up to go to the airport to drop Max off and get another good friend, Julien. We met Julien 5 years ago when he set up a show for us in Limoges. He’s quite a character and I’m quite excited to see how this is going to work out, it should be incredibly fun. After we leave Dulles, we set our minds to visiting the Washington Monument, White House before heading to the Comet Ping-Pong for sound-check. The problem is that things don’t turn out exactly how we planned. I’m sitting at the back chatting along with Julien. Arthur gets the Washington Monument in the GPS. But when I see the Orioles stadium, I tell Pierre who is driving that unless they’ve been transferred to DC, we’re in Baltimore… And it turns out there’s a Washington monument in Bmore. Anyway after driving for an hour or so more the tension builds in the car. We get to DC and still have time to visit the White House and stroll quickly around the historic center of the city before getting back to Dennis and Melissa’s place to meet Soccer Team. We get to Comet Ping Pong, a particular venue combining ping pong, pizza and live music. Soccer Team sound check and starts the show, they play in front of a nice crowd. We set up and play to half of the crowd that was there earlier. That kind of ruins the show for us, then Dubpixel plays in front of nobody. Even though we have been very influenced by Dischord we can’t help but think the scene became bored. We get back and talk with Dennis and have a good time. I have mixed feelings about DC, on one hand it was fantastic to meet so many important people for us (guys from Antelope, Chad Clark, Ian Svenonius at our show…) and on the another hand it was frustrating to fail to make any impact music wise at all. Then again what was I thinking?

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US Tour Diary – 1st Week

As we’re heading for a tour that will take us to France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland we’re publishing the 1st week of Eric’s US tour diary. Enjoy !

03/24/2013 | CHICAGO, IL

After an 8-hour flight sitting next to loud Spaniards, I get through customs and drag my backpack and guitar to terminal 2 at O’Hare airport and wait for Arthur and Pierre-Antoine. Starbucks is the only thing there so I have coffee and a 10-dollar sandwich and proceed to waiting, observing what’s taking place before my eyes: a kind of miniature America. The three Chicago policemen stuffing their faces with muffins, the 100% Chinese speaking table, the blonde college chick punctuating each sentence with « oh my god » and « amazing » over the phone and March Madness on huge TV screens. Something like the perfect appetizer. I meet the guys and we rent a mini van, get over to Jason’s place where we’re staying. On the way there, we stop at Superdawg to get some food. We didn’t know it was a legendary hot dog spot with an old school drive-in system. Greasy America right in our hands. Evanston now! Jason plays in Dianogah, a great band we played with in Lyon in 2008. Jay (of Dianogah as well) and Jason’s wife, Hillary, are here to greet us, we have a few drinks. It’s always nice to see them. As I go out for a cigarette, I’m thinking I’d like to be like them 10 years from now.

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03/25/2013 | CHICAGO, IL

I hadn’t seen or talked about baseball cards in so long. Seeing Clive and Arthur (Jason & Hillary’s children) excited and curious about everything from speaking French to playing catch lifted the jet-lag away. After breakfast, we pick up Jason’s Gibson guitar and a bass amp for Arthur and head for the Kitchen Sink to meet Ryan (of Sickroom Records) for lunch. Ryan is releasing the band’s new 7”, our first record on an American label. We head for Ryan’s place and try some of the gear he has kindly offered to lend us. The combination seems to work fine for me but one of the Arthur’s amps he was meant to use is broken, so we try this old Traynor PA that was given to Ryan and turns out sounding pretty good for Arthur’s guitar. We go to Rock’n’Roll Vintage (an amazing guitar and amp store) to get some breakables, and meet Rich of Bear Claw who works there. The gathering gear route ends when we get to Kip’s house (the last Dianogah man) to get a ride cymbal and meet his wife and his little girls, Ava and Isla. To get ready for the tour, we head to the Pile show at Abbey’s Pub and meet Scott (of Bear Claw). Great energy and enthusiasm at the show make it a cool night, but I feel exhausted and can’t wait to get back to Ryan’s to crash.

03/26/2013 | MINNEAPOLIS, MN

First show tonight in Minneapolis at The Hexagon Bar, we wake up pretty early to check if the gear can all fit in the dodge van. Pierre is really good at this. So he make it work. Throughout the drive from Chicago to Minneapolis, we get a grasp of rural America. Bumper stickers to impeach Obama, Pro-Life signs, Hamish villages, religious t-shirts in a gas station where they don’t call 911, if you know what I mean. The climax is our stop in a mini food mall, with America’s best classics (Aunt Annie, MacDonalds, Sbaro, Subway etc.) We end up buying and eating some of this stuff, questioning our choices, What the hell is this place? And why did we even stop here in the first place? We get to the Hexagone bar around 7 pm. As I walk in to the bar and say hi, a guy says: “well, these guys are here to pick a fight!”. TV Sports and Pool tables are the main attractions of this bar in the outskirts of Minneapolis. We check the gear and make sure everything works. Brian and Travis of Buildings are playing and setting up the show. We’ve heard good things about them through French friends who saw them on their recent European tour. The show starts with Hardcore Crayons, then The Yoleus. Their manager comes up to me and asks if I know a band called Tacchycardie from France. I’m kind of surprised that he knows our friend JB’s solo project on Tours’ favorite Cocktail Pueblo records. Small world! We hit the stage, the show is ok but we can definitely feel some tiredness and we’re still trying to adapt to the new gear. People seem to enjoy it. Buildings are the last band on stage their powerful raw edge and stage presence is impressive. Brian and Travis seem kind of pissed off at each other, spitting and comments spring up and make a great punk rock show. I’m truly delighted to have played with them. We end up at Travis’ place, drink some vodka, some dude thinks that when Pierre and me speak French it’s sexy. Awkward.

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03/27/2013 | MILWAUKEE, WI

After a cool lunch at the Bad Waitress in Minneapolis, we hit the road to Milwaukee. We get to the venue, a DIY space that is basically a nice house in a cozy neighborhood called Scheme City. We park in front of the house and meet Nate and Jimmy. Nate takes us up to check out this view of the whole city a top a hill. We enjoy the sun setting on the city. The show takes place in the basement, a bunch of kids come down. The DIY space seems to have strong ties with the crust-punk scene. The first band Scowler is powerful and energetic yet messy Converge-ey band, the bass player has amp problems but he insists nihilistically on letting his bass feedback throughout the whole set, pounding on it carelessly like he was waiting for the show to end. I had a great time watching them despite the negative attitude. The second band Eaten by trees is one of worst things I’ve seen in a while. Ridiculous post-adolescent poetry blended with poor musicianship: it sounds awful. I step outside and talk to some kid, who is hardly intelligible, he says he’s feeling like shit that it’s a miracle he is still alive that it had been a month since he came out of juvenile detention. The drugs or the alcohol or both is constantly stopping his train of thought and makes the conversation somewhat difficult. I head to the basement and I see this guy stumbling barefoot on his cigarette. After witnessing these scenes of American trauma and underage drinking, we set up our stuff and play and have a great time. The kids cook for everyone after the show and we end up talking with Jimmy and Nate, very good people. We drive back to Chicago to Ryan’s and listen to the Deathfix, Brendan Canty and Devin Ocampo’s new band and we’re surprised, pretty surprised…

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03/28/2013 | CHICAGO, IL

We wake up late and reconnect with our lives ; calling my girlfriend and answering emails. Ryan takes us to the Chicago Dinner for lunch, a vegetarian restaurant with really nice food. And then Quimby’s a bookstore with mostly comics and fanzines, we stick around and I buy a couple of books and then hit Reckless Records. We get to the Burlington around 7pm, sound check and meet up with Rich, Scott and Rob from Bear Claw, and talk with the Canadian band Hidden Towers. We open the show and it feels good and right. Hidden Towers start and after the first drum solo, and the second guitar solo; we go to the bar and talk with Jason and Jay who came to the show. Jay tells me that America has never been so divided, in-between the Christian conservatives and the liberals and democrats. The news sources are entirely different,  information doesn’t cross lines so people stick to their views, and it’s easily tangible in the differences in-between rural America and cities, not to mention in between states. We get back in the room for Bear Claw. Unfortunately, the crowd is really sparse. This band works like a rollercoaster; their sound is perfectly mastered. The two basses work well together, Scott perfectly providing the link. They play two new songs that sounded really good! After the show we go to Lazo’s for some Mexican cuisine and listened to the constant battle of mexican music with the jukebox playing awful dance crap.

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03/29/2013 | CHICAGO, IL

We get up late and head to Lula’s, a fancy joint with nice food and hipsters with tatoos and beards and plastic things stuck in their ears. Oliver Lemasson is on the wine list… a 12-dollar glass though. We order and I notice through a mirror this a guy really looks like Thurston Moore. After Lula’s, we wander through the streets of Chicago, Arthur’s looking for some shoes, Pierre wants to buy a cymbal. We step into Guitar Center, which turns out to be some kind of psychedelic experience, with people playing riffs all over the place, Green Day, Pantera… whatever. Reuniting all the worst music gear produced worldwide. We hit Chicago music exchange; a ridiculously expensive museum. Pierre finds a good and pretty cheap 70’s crash/ride. Hell Yes, we’re out of here. We get back to Ryan’s and sort out stuff on the Internet like the last Italian shows we are trying to book. We get to Garden of Miracles around 7:30 pm, it’s the last show at Jeff’s and Ryan’s practice space, the room is small but well organized. The first band called the Bookoos, is set up, a bunch of 40 year old men drinking, their show is kind of useless. We set up after with the gear available on stage. Before the show, we went to a gyro for a quick dinner, the food was horrible. After we play, The Conformists set up, they are one of the bands we were looking forward to play with before the tour started. Their show is great, funny and mastered with a truly unique sense of songwriting and showmanship. They are great guys too; we can’t wait to play with them again tomorrow. Allie from the Kitchen Sink, a place we ate at earlier in the week is very talkative and running out of superlatives on the French language. Some guy wants us to play on a song he’s written; I’m still waiting for that e-mail.

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03/30/2013 | ST LOUIS, MI

I drive down to St Louis with Ryan. We cruise down the poor areas of Chicago, it kind of reminds me of The Wire episodes. Then we get to Schlafly’s, it’s a restaurant crowded with families eating out on a Saturday night. We get a burger and a beer from their quality brewery. Brett who books the shows is a very nice guy. The Conformists set up the PA, and Kisser opens the show. Their performance is promising. We set up and play and it’s a fun show for everybody. We’re all very excited to see the Conformists play again and now we can’t wait ’til they come over to France again. As soon as the show starts, all the families seem to evaporate and a new crowd come in. We have a couple of beers after the show; the Bière de Garde is especially good. Two guys from the kitchen come up and talk with us. One is from Albania and talks about his life story coming to the US, through Italy and then bringing his mother over. We smoke a bowl with them and head back to Patrick’s (The Conformists’ drummer) parents’ house. The house is old and Patrick’s parents have just renovated it, from top to bottom. There are a couple of freaky dolls in my room but it’s by far most comfortable stay so far. I wake up and parts of the family is there for an Easter brunch. Patrick’s mom is an all-over hyperactive mom, there’s food all over the table (French toast, bacon, omelets, sausages, bacon, fruit…) we chat about cultural differences, the decline of St Louis, and Patrick’s father has a great sense of humor, much like Patrick’s. A great night and morning in St Louis, thanks to the Conformists!

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03/31/2013 | LOUISVILLE, KY

We step into Zanzabar and the place is packed with loud Cards supporters. The NCAA basketball game in-between Louisville and Duke is on and everyone’s drinking and cheering. I stare at the spectacle with joy and hope that the Cards win so the party will go on! They win but the people exhausted by their Sunday drinking haze leave. It’s a warm and sunny Kentucky Sunday. Louisville is an important city for me since we listen to Slint in the mid-nineties and opened for Shipping News later that decade. I have always felt intrigued by the town and its musical community and it was major influence on me. It’s nice to see Todd (Shipping News, Shannon Wright, Dead Child…) there. Alcohol Party starts the show. The crowd is 20/30 people spread in front of the stage, we play and the reaction seems to be mixed, Anwar Sadat ends the show with a powerful punk rock set of 20 minutes. It felt like everyone was cold but finally talking with bands and Joe the sound guy from the venue and half of Karate body. I realize it was just me. We chat of wine and other beverages with Joel, our host for the night, tasting bourbon and talking about the Louisville scene. He is a pretty amazing guy! I stumble on the living room couch and fall asleep. I wake up when a flying beagle manages somehow to leap over the couch and runs around the house to finally escape under the back yard fence. His girlfriend Kim and Joel have an amazing record collection, divided in two separate rooms, she takes us to a fish and chips joint close to a Hunter S. Thompson wall painting. He’s from Louisville too. We thank them for their kindness, and take off to Nashville.

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To be continued.

April News

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– Shot in Detroit by Julien Dodinet –

We’re back from the US tour. Great times ! Thanks to all the good people we met over there.

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Carolina Lopez designed and silkscreened this great poster. Limited edition available at shows very soon !

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You can now listen to both of the 7″ single songs online and purchase it from Africantape in EU and Sick Room in the US.

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Very best everyone !

US Tour – NOW !!!

AFFICHE PAPIER US TOUR FINAL HD

Hey there !

We’re in the US. Tour starts on Tuesday. Please come say hi !

2013/03/26 | USA, MINNEAPOLIS MN | Hexagon
2013/03/27 | USA, MILWAUKEE WI | Scheme City
2013/03/28 | USA, CHICAGO IL | Burlington
2013/03/29 | USA, CHICAGO IL | Garden Of Miracles
2013/03/30 | USA, ST LOUIS MO | Schlafly Tap Room
2013/03/31 | USA, LOUISVILLE KY | Zanzabar
2013/04/01 | USA, NASHVILLE TN | Owl Farm
2013/04/02 | USA, ATLANTA GA | Under The Couch
2013/04/03 | USA, WEST COLUMBIA SC | Conundrum Music Hall
2013/04/04 | USA, ATHENS GA | Caledonia Lounge
2013/04/05 | USA, GREENSBORO NC | TYP Haus
2013/04/06 | USA, RICHMOND VA | Bauhaus Haus
2013/04/07 | USA, WASHINGTON DC | Comet Ping Pong
2013/04/08 | USA, BALTIMORE MD | Club K
2013/04/09 | USA, NEW YORK NY | Cake Shop
2013/04/10 | USA, PAWTUCKET RI | Machines With Magnets
2013/04/11 | USA, BROOKLYN NY | Secret Project Robot
2013/04/12 | USA, HARRISBURG PA | Abbey Bar
2013/04/13 | USA, DETROIT MI | Northern Lights Lounge

Bands we’ll play with !

7″ Single Streaming


Hey folks !

Africantape (EU) and Sick Room Records (USA) will release our new 7″ Single on April 1st. We are thrilled to let you have an exclusive stream of side A ‘Personal Belongings’.