Friday, May 30, 2008

Tour Journal - May 26th - 29th

May 26th - Denver, CO - The Underground
After seeing a gorgeous day in Albuquerque, as soon as we started to enter Colorado, the weather changed... It was gloomy all day. Sprinkling, annoying rain. But that never stops you, you keep trucking and do what must be done. We arrive at the venue called "The Underground" which is owned and ran by the sweet dudes in Killing Kings (Go pick up their new record! Awesome hardcore band!). We were greeted by some kids who we knew, they were bearing gifts, well 40oz bottles of Olde English. Happiness and joy ensued. Followed by a feature film in the van, "Wet Hot American Summer." Not even the weather could bring us down then! The show was cool, we hung out, sold a bit of merch, made some new friends as well as hung out with our homeboy Vance from Vale Of Knapth. All in all, Denver was yet again a fun time, when we return, hopefully the weather will be a little nicer so we can see more of the city...

May 27th - Lincoln, NE - The Ghosthouse
If there's one thing our band loves, it's house shows. Basements especially. Something about being in the the bowels of the house. It's dark, damp, and just, dirty. This was our kind of show. Unfortunately the weather hadn't let up one bit. The rain was coming and there was no stopping it. Luckily that never stops us, taking in our equipment while our shoes were being devoured by mud. None the less, we did what we came there to do. Get drunk and play loud metal. The house owners were super nice, they let us crash and play their playstation 3. We even drank some homemade punk juice which definitely hit the spot. The first band was Labora Tori and they were a fucking awesome band, locals to the Lincoln scene. We played, we rocked it pretty well I think, all I really know is that it got hot as fuck instantly once we played. After us was Mos Giganticus and The Emotron. Both who were fantastic electro bands that I thought played extremely well! Not to metion super awesome dudes! All in all, it was a pretty good night, Al and I slept on a couch together, meanwhile everyone else in the house was sprawled out everywhere. After a night of drinking, I don't really think it would have mattered where we slept, I was going down. It was a great end to an awesome night of nice kids and good music. They way it should be.

May 28th - Salina, KS - The Blue Goat
You know, sometimes small towns can be horrible, and sometimes, they can be fantastic. For Salina, well we've played there 3 times and have always enjoyed ourselves. Not to mention we have a great time with all of the local kids and get wasted! It's always fun. This was our 3rd time back to the town, thanks to our friend Matt who always let's us come back! This time, we just wanted to have a good time. No stress, just a good night full of drinking and hanging out. Not to mention your usual crazy customer who wants to buy a cd for $3 because, and I quote "I need to get fucking drunk before I buy any merch." I salute you, sir. We were joined on that show with Terror Tractor and Swept Aside. Both of whom are incredibly nice guys and who definitely support music. I tip my hat. So we play our set, play a solid show, sell some merch, do our thang. As I'm leaving I'm looking for Al, to help load out the drums. I find him in the office of the club, rolling a fucking FAT ASS JOINT straight out of Cheech and Chong movies. How lovely this was to see. We finish packing instantly so we can all partake in the festivities. What a festivity it was, as I was now stoned.... Back to Matt's we go where Top Ramen was the dinner of choice. It was a good night, in Salina Kansas.

May 29th - Tulsa/Claremore, OK - Under The Mooch/The Tree
This was an interesting day to say the least. We land in Tulsa around 3 in the afternoon. We were scheduled to play the record store Under The Mooch, then head out to Claremore which is 30 miles away and play another show. We get out of the van and go to the local sandwich shop to eat. As we finish, I walk out not thinking about what I just left. Well you can say all of the entire band fund AND MORE were left in this sandwich shop. Yea, I'm a fucking moron. The place closed at 4, we had no money, we didn't know if somebody else picked it up. So we play the show at Under The Mooch to two kids who were still generous enough to buy a couple of shirts and a cd. Now, we have to trek on out to Claremore, hopefully to make some money in the event that our other source of income had been lost. We show up to the Tree. It's a nice looking venue with about 9, 16 year old girls in. Instantly bummed on the situation. I am incredibly hesitant to play.. But finally, we get up there and do our thing. Luckily we got payed a bit and boy did it ever help. This was also our first show on our 7 day run with My Son My Executioner. After we play, all we need is beer. We head off and track some down. As we settle at a house for the evening, we realize all the beer is half the alcohol of any normal state. Fucking great. Now, my bag is still missing in action....

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