The show in Minnesota yesterday was awesome. It was great to see 80 kids come out considering we have never played there before. After the show we grabbed some food at Triple Rock. Nevada and I split an order of Nachos. I enjoyed the salsa. I then crashed really fast. I was tired from driving 11 and a half hours the day before.
After a 9 hour night drive, we are now at Jackie Waller’s house in Chicago, IL. We are catching up on all of the episodes of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia that we missed. Just ate some Reese’s Puffs with vanilla soy milk. Around 4 we are going to leave for Aurora, IL. Hopefully the show will be sweet.
We met up with A Loss For Words and Fireworks this morning at a Del Taco in Layton, UT. It was cool seeing the Fireworks dudes. We don’t get to see them often. I think we will be seeing more of them soon though. Keep posted. The van was fixed up with an oil change, new brakes, new fluids, rotated wheels, and a few other small things. I skateboarded for a bit at the venue and then just browsed the web for a few hours to catch up on my emails and whatnot. Other than my morning, it was a pretty boring day in Utah.
- Day off! - Spent our day walking around Seattle, WA in the rain - Went to the space needle - Drove to Portland, OR - Watched Tank destroy Energy’s trailer - Ate at Chopotle - I drove 7 hours - Soupy took over for 3 - Saw Energy at a gas station - It turns out that a bear charged their rental Uhaul trailer while they were driving down the highway (no lie) - Josh took the wheel for a while - After 14 hours of driving we have made it to Layton, UT
Play at Submission in San Francisco, CA. The venue was pretty cool. After the show we packed up our things and rushed down the street to see Living With Lions. Unfortunately we were a few minutes too late. On the upside, we got to hang out with them for a few hours. They showed us a new demo for their upcoming record and we showed them a few of our new songs. Those dudes are so rad and I miss them a lot. Hopefully we will do another tour together in the near future. I watched the end of A Wilhelm Scream’s set and it was absolutely incredible. Those guys are so tight and their live show is really energetic. Overall, I would say it was a great night.
This morning I went to Venice Beach with Chris Hansen, Devan Bentley, and Soupy. The new skatepark that has just opened up rules. I really wanted to skate it but I failed to bring my board on this tour. At Venice Beach I also saw some cool tag art. We shortly thereafter went back to Mitch Wojcik’s place for a while. We have been staying with Mitch for the past 3 days. Earlier this week we did a sweet photo shoot with him for the upcoming full-length. I can’t wait to see all of the pictures.
Tonight was the first night I have felt truly alive on stage in a really long time. I’m not saying that it’s not fun for me anymore, I’m just saying that I felt super excited to play and I got a bit nervous. The show was amazing and there were bunches of people there. This tour has been kind of a rough one for me so it was crucial for me to have a night like tonight that reminded me why I started playing and performing music. I was really inspired by the guitar player in The Sheds. He is like 13 and better at guitar than I’l ever be. I’m glad to see people that young getting into playing music.
A lot of things aggravated me today. I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately as far as nerves go (mainly anger, stress, and anxiety). At the show during our set a fight broke out. I’m absolutely sick of people fighting at our shows. I happens on a pretty regular basis. I was so angry that I walked off stage. Though I was not going to finish the set, I took a step back and realized that a few people had traveled far to come see us and it would have been selfish of me to not finish. It’s not everyone’s fault that one asshole had to start a shit. The fight mainly angered me because I play music to have fun and I want to convey that message through our music/live show. When people start fighting it’s ruins what I am trying to express. People should leave our shows saying “I had a great time”. They shouldn’t be in fear of getting jawed at our show(s). I don’t want people feeling intimidated by bully’s.
PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY…
IF YOU DIDN’T GET THE MEMO, WE AREN’T A TOURING FIGHT CLUB OR A BEAT-DOWN HARDCORE BAND. WE ARE IN FACT A POP PUNK BAND. IF YOU WANT TO HIT SOMEONE THEN EITHER A) TRAIN IN MARTIAL ARTS, B) BECOME A BOXER, C) START A FIGHT CLUB, OR D) GO TO A HARDCORE SHOW. QUIT THE BULLSHIT.
Minus today’s weather being miserable, I had a pretty decent day. I started my day off with a shower. We then were given free food from the family we were staying with. They got us fried chicken, corn on the cob, and hush puppies from some awesome restaurant. We then drove to the show. The show was one of my favorites of this tour. It may not have been the biggest but it was just a fun show.
We grabbed some grub at the T-Bell. We then stayed with Liberty and Alyssa. They were both sweethearts and their apartment was really nice. We all stayed up and talked for a couple of hours and then crashed.
Nothing too exciting happened today other than the show. The show was absolutely amazing though. Who would have thought that Springfield, MO would be a great stop on tour. There were 150 kids there and it was a crazy show. I tried putting a video up on youtube but it got messed up. I will put some videos up within the next few days.