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Switches Get ‘High On Animal Protein’

As we discovered backstage at Lollapalooza ’07, Matt Bishop, frontman of London-based rockers Switches, has an endless appetite for American cuisine. So when Bishop’s band returned to the states this winter to support their new LP, Lay Down the Law, tapped Bishop to pen a food blog about his band’s gastronomic escapades through the U.S. From Texas BBQ to New England clam chowder, Bishop’s findings are tummy rumbling to say the least.

2/4, Austin, Texas: Artz Ribhouse

We rolled into Austin on Monday night (Feb. 4) and had a day off from gigging (and, in certain band members’ cases, whoring ourselves), and decided to spend our evening getting as high on animal protein as humanly possible. Artz Ribhouse was a real Texan BBQ joint with live music provided by various local country singers.

Man, the ribs were the biggest I’ve ever seen, especially the Artz country style pork ribs. I decided to go for the full three-meat dish: pork ribs, sausage, and brisket, leaving little room for anything else. Those ribs were some of the best I’ve ever tasted, and were so big I needed Steve [Godfrey, drummer] (who was already tackling his own plateful) to help me out. The only one of us who found the experience to hot to handle was Thom, whose slender frame struggled to make inroads into the vast feast.

Check in with each day this week to read a new blog entry detailing Bishop and crew’s eclectic eating habits while on their U.S. tour.