Nick Gardner, bassist in Perth indie outfit San Cisco, is now out of action after accidentally shooting himself in the foot.
In a statement, Gardner says the event occurred during a recent trip to a friend’s farm near the West Australian town of Collie, when Garner and his buddy’s attempts at pest control went awry.
“As we were driving through an exceptionally rough paddock, I reached down to stop the gun from bouncing around and before I knew it, it had gone off,” Gardner says.
“The bolt had slid down and the jolting had triggered the gun. Somewhat of a freak accident. I realised I had been shot and ripped off my boot and sock to reveal a hole in my foot and blood everywhere. Isaac, my mate, quickly got his first aid kit and bandaged it up. He then started driving towards the nearest hospital, which was 100kms away.
“I passed out in shock and came to shaking and being yelled at. By the time we got to the hospital I was calm, but in excruciating pain. The doctors got morphine into me and put me in an ambulance headed for a bigger hospital. I eventually made it to the Perth hospital where a specialist has done a great job putting my foot back together.”
Gardner’s accident comes just before his band are set to release their new album, Gracetown, this Friday, 6th March.
The group will now also be a man down in the USA and Mexico in the coming weeks, with a replacement tour bassist expected to be announced shortly. Thankfully, Gardner says he should be right to play on the group’s Australian headline shows in April and May, around their appearances at Groovin The Moo 2015.
“I am very sad to say I will be missing the upcoming USA / Mexico tour, especially our first festival in Mexico City, but will rejoin in Europe when I’m not completely knocked out by painkillers,” Gardner says.
“However I know the band will do me proud and there will still be the same show, just without my embarrassing dancing!”
In more positive San Cisco news, the band yesterday released the music video for new single Too Much Time Together. Catch the video below, alongside a pretty gruesome picture of Gardner’s injured foot.
Warning: The image below is very graphic.
Watch: San Cisco – Too Much Time Together