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You would be hard-pressed to find a more apt shoot yourself in the foot moment.
Nick Gardner, the bass player from the uber-popular Fremantle band San Cisco was taken to hospital after, literally, shooting himself in the foot at a friend’s farm in Collie on Monday afternoon.
It could not come at worse timing for the 21-year-old, with the band set to jump on a plane bound for the US and Mexico on Monday on the back of the release of their second album Gracetown, which is out on Friday.
As Gardner explained in a press release this morning, it was one of those “freak accidents”.
“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,” the bass player said.
“The bolt had slid down and the jolting had triggered the gun.
“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 100km away. I passed out in shock and came to shaking and being yelled at.”
Gardner said by the time he arrived at the hospital he 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 will miss the band’s upcoming sold-out gigs in New York and Los Angeles — and the Vive Latino festival in Mexico City — but will rejoin the band’s for its European tour “when I'm not completely knocked out by painkillers”.
Despite the incident the bass player, considered the “joker” of the band, maintained his sense of humour.
“I know the band will do me proud and there will still be the same show, just without my embarrassing dancing!"
San Cisco returns to Australia in April, beginning their national tour on April 23 at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
San Cisco bass player Nick Gardner said by the time he arrived at the hospital he was calm, “but in excruciating pain”.