I woke up to the sound of my cell ringing at noon. Johnny was calling to see if I wanted to meet up for lunch in the city. I went to Govinda’s on South Street and met up with the band minus Nick as well as Man Overboard, Johnny, Jill, Justin, and many others. Though their chicken cheese steak is expensive, it is well worth it. We then bounced and headed to The Starlight Ballroom. We unloaded gear, sound checked, and then hung out until the show started. There were so many more people at this show than I ever could have expected. 511 paying heads plus the bands, people on the guest list, and employees. Realistically, I’d say their were about 600 people there. All of the bands killed it and I had an amazing time. It was one of my favorite shows that I have ever played. After the show I went to a little shindig at Justin’s where Lions Lions was staying. I didn’t stay for long because I was beat but it was fun while it lasted.
May 17, 2010 - Monday
Waking up this morning was a chore. I haven’t been sleeping well lately. Band practice went well. I cleaned my room for a bit. I had work at the DQ from 6-10. After work I finished up some wash. I then went to Justin’s place and watched My Friend’s Girl with Justin and the Lions Lions pride. It’s now 3:41AM and I should be in bed.
-Drove to MA for the A Loss For Words CD release show.
-I got pulled over on the way to MA. We were borrowing I Call Five’s van since ours died. The cop told me to get out of the van. I thought I was getting arrested for a “stolen vehicle.” he told me to sit on the curb while he searched my license and I Call Fives’ registration. The conversation went as follows…
Cop: “Matt can you please come over to the car?”
Matt: I walk over slowly from the curb. “Yes sir.”
Matt’s Inter dialogue: “Fuck! I’m going to jail for a stolen vehicle that isn’t even stolen. I’m gonna have to beat the shit out of somebody the first day I’m in jail so nobody fucks with me. I better not drop the soap. My life is going to suck…”
Cop: Looks over at me with a serious face. “You listen to hardcore?”
Matt: Confused look on my face. “Excuse me, what?
Cop: “You like the Cro Mags?”
Matt: “Uhhh yeah, they’re ok”
Matt’s Inter dialogue: Is this cop serious?
Cop: “Check it out man…” He reaches over to turn the stereo up. The Cro Mags are now blasting. He then says something along the lines of “The week of hardcore is coming up in Boston.”
We talk about music for a few minutes and then he says…
Cop: “Make sure you guys wear your seatbelts. I saw a few of you lying down in the van without them on. Have a nice day.” He pulls away as he turns the Cro Mags up super loud in his cruiser.
I got off with no ticket and the cop was rad as fuck. I wish all cops were that cool.
-The A Loss For Words record release show was so amazing. Sold out! 500 people! All of the bands played well especially AL4W. I wish them lots of luck with this new record but of course, I’m sure they don’t need it. The record speaks for itself. Pick it up. It’s called Motown Classics.
-Ate way too much Burger King and immediately regretted it.
-Stayed at a shitty motel. I showered and went to bed.
May 15, 2010 - Saturday
-Woke up pretty early
-Ate continental breakfast
-Soupy drove to New Jersey
-Stopped at a rest stop in Jersey for lunch. The food was way over priced and I wasted more money than I had to.
-Play at hanger 84 and Vineland and it was a fun show.
Got bored for the last 20 minutes and record this on garageband. This is an Alkaline Trio cover called “This Addiction.” I did everything first take so it’s nothing impressive but it was fun thing to do out of boredom.
-Went out and got a few beers at Tex Mex for cinco de mayo. Lots of fights. Saw lots of people I haven’t see in forever. It was nice. I suck a meeting new people. I wish I could be more social at bars or anywhere for that matter. Better luck next time.