Monday, May 26, 2008

Tour Journal - May 23rd - 25th

Oh the joys of tour. There are so many, yet so many that can quickly make tour a painful experience. But none of that thus far. We'll get you caught up with what's going on with us, from the dates of May 23rd through May 26th.

May 23rd - Relax Bar - Hollywood
This was to be our "record release show" and while it was, the turn out was a little hazy. But no worries, that doesn't bother us one bit. We always march on and play the shows. But luckily the people who were there to see us, were there for the right reasons. We all met up at the relax bar, cause some of us had work and what not. Upon meeting in this establishment's fine parking lot, a valet guy walks up and rudely charges us $10 per car, plus he told us we had to remove the van. This had never happened to us before, so we got pissed, called him names. Then promptly moved the van. The rest of us are suckers and paid the $10 (myself included, i'm fucking lazy). Our drummer showed up with a friend (girl) so we all started to hang out. The night keeps going, we watched great sets from Death Hymn #9, Don The Reader, Winterthrall (who was so good!) and of course up and comers Snakes Alive (which all of you need to check out now.). As we play our 5 song set, we finish up only to see our drummers friend (girl) completely passed out in a booth by herself. Not waking up for anyone/anything. It was pretty hilarious, she had to be nearly picked up and walked outside. Great times to be had by all. With a few beers in my system, chest congestion kicking up, and a headache, I decided it was time to head on out for home. As we all had to be ready to tackle the drive the next day to Albuquerque.

May 24th - The Desert, CA, AZ, NM
The drive to Albuquerque is one that nobody enjoys. It can quickly test the limit of your sanity. A straight 800 miles through the desert. One can start thinking a lot about everything that has been happening in his/her life. But none of that was to be had on this venture, for we had other plans in mind. 1) Party. 2) Talk shit on assholes, and party. 3) Hopefully drink enough to just pass out and wake up in Albuquerque. While enjoying this scenic (or lack there of, depending on who you ask) route, much Bud Light and Budweiser was consumed. Thus, creating 4 loud and obnoxious guys in the back of the van. As we continue to drink the miracle elixir, showing a movie for the entire van is a must. We decided that "Superbad" would be the movie of choice to start off. Followed by Eddie Murphy's "Delirious." As the night starts to wind down, the stroke of midnight was upon us. All of us were either drunk or asleep, but then, from nowhere, Justin decides he wants to take us all the way to Albuquerque. We were about 400 miles out, then Justin hit the pedal to the metal and next thing I knew, I was in a parking lot getting ready to eat breakfast. Alcohol and Justin, I tip my hat to thee.

May 25th - The Stove - Albuquerque, NM
Upon our arrival at about 7am on Sunday morning, we decided to grab some grub. We all agreed on this place "Mannies" which was according to the place "famous for their breakfast." That's all the marketing I needed, I was sold. Hungover and sick, I sit down with the rest of the guys. We were quickly greeted by some of the nicest servers we have come across in our journey's of the US of A. It's a great feeling to wake up to that. Time passes, breakfast comes and goes. We were now waiting for our friends to wake up so we can nap and watch some movies. Finally, the friends wake up and we head on over. In the blink of an eye I was on the couch ready to pass out, but alas, we were to partake in movies for the afternoon. We started off the afternoon with "Cheech And Chong's Up In Smoke" followed by "Predator" then the entire first season of "30 Rock." I was going in and out of all the movies, sleep was just too good. As the movies ended, we decided to head on over to the venue which was an artspace called "The Stove." This place is normally an art gallery that hosts shows to underground bands. Nothing is more respectable than that. The gentlemen who ran the project were very nice and definitely made us feel welcome. The show was great, the kids were awesome and extremely supportive. All in all it was a great show. As we were hanging and drinking some Tecate in the back patio, we were notified that the movie "No Country For Old Men" was filmed in Albuquerque. Well some of it anyway. So we were told that the climax of the movie at the "Desert Sands Hotel" was just a few short blocks away. Well, there was abolustely no way we were not GOING to see this! We headed on out to go check out some movie history. So we all took pictures out in front of the pool, street sign, and of course the room where it all happens. Pictures are going to come soon... As we arrived back at our friends house, we decided to all clean up and watch the movie our "friends" had been hootin' and hollerin' about all day... CHICANO BLOOD. Let's just say that we lasted about 40 minutes in before there was a revolt from our band to have this movie taken off. I will admit, there are BRILLIANT movie quotes. The comedic value is pretty good. So you should definitely try and watch even just a little bit of this "movie." More to come in the next few days....

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