Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day 4 - Norfolk, VA @ 37th & Zen

On the drive to Norfolk, we were doing our usual thing, eating some saltine's and peanut butter and someone mentioned the "saltine cracker challenge." I looked it up on my phone and there's literally a wikipedia article about it. The official challenge is 6 crackers in 60 seconds. Colin, overheard the conversation while driving and says "What?! Hand me 6 crackers!" and we proceeded to time him and Randy try to accomplish the feat. Let's just say it's harder than it sounds, a lot harder, ha!
We got into Norfolk and stopped at a Lowe's to get some stuff to build a new bad ass merch display thing (Thanks Blacklist Royals for the idea) so we don't have to set that shit up every time for our buddy Jeremy to slang some merch for us. Played at a really nice restaurant/bar called 37th & Zen, REALLY nice. It seemed way to nice for us to be in, but it turned out to be just a really nice punk bar. I reccomend the green been fries for cheap eats and $2-24oz bottle Highlife and some Seared Ahi Tuna. Soooo good! We're really roughing it right? They were nice enough to give us half off so we took advantage of it. Played a pretty decent show, met some awesome people. Hung out and smoked in the van with Chris from Nothington and we were munching down on some food and Chris tells Kyle (of Nothington) to grab "Sauce Bag". We come to find out they save all their extra condiments/sauce packets and have a bag called "Sauce Bag". Being a conisuer of condiments/sauces I challenged them to a Sauce Bag off. Now we are determined to get a high variety of sauces in packets so if you know a spot we should know of, send us a msg! While sitting in the van a bum comes up to the van, that apparently Randy had already met earlier in the night and accapella'd a song with, asks us for change again. Randy speaks up right away and says "we have NO change man, we're on the road I told you that, do you not remember? Do you remember anything?" and the bum proceeded to ask him to sing the song again, just so happens, earlier Randy said we're going to steal this song and the bum said "No you won't, you won't remember 30-minutes from now. Randy drew a blank upon the question, the bum smiled and said "Told ya" and just dipped smoother than I've ever seen anyone make an exit, pedaling on his rickety ass bike into the distance. To say the least, Randy got SERVED! We had a great laugh over that one. Anyway, the singer from the first band, Alex, had us over his house, Colin and Jeremy slept in there, the rest of us in the van and in the grass. Apparently, I missed out on a rager. We got presents, too, a lot of them...THANKS ALEX! We'll need them. Woke up in the van and hit the road to Greenville, SC.

Day 3 - RAD FEST - Saturday

Woke up feeling pretty good. Today was the day I planned to hit it hard. Hit it hard, I did. We all gathered up at 1pm to see our buddies, Reverse The Curse. They didn't play to as many people as I was hoping for but they brought it none the less. So many people missed out. I'd have to say it was definitely my most enjoyed and remembered sets of the weekend. Those kids can fucking slay and it's a shame that more people don't know who they are. Check them out right now. From here out I'm going to let Randy take over writing for a minute. This shit is hard to do when I could be drinking a beer.
So we kept hittin it hard since we really had no responsibilities for the rest of the day. Got to see our wolf brother, PJ Bond play with a full band for the first time. So good, really blew me away, luckily we got to see them again later on in the night right after our boy, GDP. Shortly after this I walked outside and Ryan was obviously incoherent, asking me if he should jump through the window out front of the Soap Box. When I told him no his response was, "I'm comin to you for advice, and this is what you tell me?" So he did the next best thing and give everyone the pressed log on the window, apparently his first public wiener showing ever, that's how you KNOW Rad Fest was awesome. PJ Bond made another appearance playing Lorrie Meyer by NOFX to anyone outside of the Soap Box, and Chason naked in a garbage can. Shit was rad. Ended up at a pool party after that, where Chason was naked again telling everyone he was a "grown ass man", and dancing. Woke up the next day in our friends hotel room and rolled out early.

Day 2 - RAD FEST - Friday

Well, all I have to say is HOLY FUCK that was a good time! Rad Fest was an accomplishment of many gods, yet Chason Huggins managed to pull it off. When we woke up haggered as fuck from the pre-rad fest show our lovely host, Kelly from the Soapbox, made us breakfast but it was no match for the hangovers we had. We stumbled down town to see friendly and familiar faces everywhere and it was like we were home away from home. The Opera was already filled with a lot of people getting their Rad Fest started off the right way with a beer in hand. I actually took it easy most of the day trying to kick the headache.
After registering we rolled to the pool with 10-4 Eleanor at the Hilton to invade the mostly 60+ yr old conservative crowd in only our skibbies. Tony, the man behind The FEST, was already chillin' HARD. We hung for a bit until it was time to go check out the first band of the day, The Holy Mess, who fucking ripped and I failed to pick up their 12" before they packed up their shit, it's on my list of things to do though. We mostly stuck around 16 Taps all day and all the bands there were nothing short of amazing.
We were up right after Red City Radio, who killed it, so it was definitely time to start drinking, fast! Playing sober is almost as bad as playing blacked-out. I take that back, it's worse. Our band has a 2-beer minimum before you play, gotta loosen up! Our set was a lot of fun and so many of our friends were there it was great! Soon as we played we handed over our gear to Landmines so we could run over to check out None More Black. We love Landmines, but they understood, None More Black is a fairly rare show to catch if you don't live in the North East, even then, not too often.
None More Black were fucking awesome, they played a new song before the end, though I have no recollection at this point in the show but I heard it was awesome and a little heavier than the normal. Hmmm, I asked the rest of the guys just now if they remember anything after NMB but I just got blank faces and "uhhh's."

Monday, May 17, 2010

Update soon.

Been too busy partying!

Friday, May 14, 2010

TOUR: Day 1

So we're back on the road. Woke up in Wilmington, NC with one of the most massive hangovers ever, nice way to start tour eh? Yesterday we woke up in Gainesville around 5:30am to finish what we didn't finish packing the previous night. We left 3hrs late but we made it to The Soapbox just in time for the show to start. We went to the Rad Fest art exibit where Craig Horky had some of his artwork, as most of you know, he does most of our art as well. I fucked up and didn't take pictures, but we ate a shit ton of their pepper jack cheese and pretzels so that's all I have to say about that.

The show was 85% bands watching other bands BUT there was a lot of fucking rad bands playing so it was a good time regardles. Our first orginal drummer before we even moved to Florida, JC, also rode into down for the show and it was great to see him. We haven't seen much of Wilmington, but it's fuck awesome so far! We play at 16 Taps this evening @ 11:20pm. Surely we'll be smashed by then, it's gonna be good.

On a side note, our Albuquerque show is in jepordy. Anyone have any ideas?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tour Dates!

We leave in a little over 24hrs for an 8-week tour. Fucking STOKED! Come out to a show and let's party the fuck down like we're from TURKEY TOWN!

May 13
The Soapbox Pre-Radfest Show w/ Nothington, Landmines, Mouthbreather, New Bruises & More!!! Wilmington, North Carolina

May 14
Rad Fest!!! - 16 Taps @ 11:20 Wilmington, North Carolina

May 15
Rad Fest!!! Wilmington, North Carolina, US

May 16
37th & Zen w/ Nothington Norfolk, Virginia

May 17
The Hangar w/ Nothington, The Menzingers, The Holy Mess & More! Greenville, South Carolina
May 19
Nobby’s w/ Nothington & Premadonnasaurs St. Augustine, Florida

May 20
Hoops Tavern w/ Nothington, The Working Dead & Go Rydell Orlando, Florida

May 21
Transitions Art Gallery w/ Nothington, The Slow Death & More! Tampa, Florida

May 22
The Atlantic w/ Nothington, The Future Now & Assassinate The Scientist Gainesville, Florida , US

May 23
Coolifornia w/ Nothington & Sleeping Spiders Tallahassee, Florida

May 24
Northgate Tavern w/ Nothington & No Fuego Baton Rouge, Louisiana

May 25
The Boxer and The Barrell w/ Nothington & Outplay Houma, Louisiana

May 26
Red 7 w/ Nothington, Adams Dagger & The Stampede Austin, Texas

May 27
1919 Hemphill w/ Over Stars & Gutters, No Heroes & Genuis Party Ft. Worth, Texas

May 28
VZD's w/ Nothington, Red City Radio & John Moreland Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

May 29
Warehouse 508 w/ Nothington Albuquerque, New Mexico

May 30
The Rogue w/ Nothington Scottsdale, Arizona

Jun 1
Old Towne Pub w/ Nothington, The Ignorant & Joey Briggs Pasadena, California
Jun 2
The Ruby Room w/ Nothington San Diego, California

Jun 3
O’ Sullivans Pub w/ Nothington Santa Maria, California

Jun 4
The Blue Lagoon w/ Nothington, Fire Whiskey & Rose’s Pawn Shop Santa Cruz, California

Jun 5
Thee Parkside w/ Nothington, Classics Of Love & Fire Whiskey San Francisco, California

Jun 6
16th Street Cafe w/ Bastards Of Young, Lessons In Failure & The Scowndrolls Sacramento, California

Jun 7
Johnny B's w/ Fire Whiskey Medford, Oregon

Jun 8
Oak Street Speakeasy w/ Asleep At The Switch & Mascot Eugene, Oregon

Jun 9
*Early All Ages Show* @ Black & Red Cafe w/ Lee Corey Oswald Portland, Oregon

Jun 9
Angelos w/ Fire Whiskey & Absent Minds Portland, Oregon

Jun 10th
Galway Arms w/ Know Your Saints & Fire Whiskey Seattle, Washington

Jun 11
Cabin Tavern w/ Know Your Saints & So Adult Bellingham, Washington

Jun 12
TBA Hood River, Oregon , US

Jun 14
Bombay's Bar w/ The Mighty Fine, Young Generals & Marked For Death Redding, California

Jun 15
Plea For Peace Center w/ The Mighty Fine Stockton, California

Jun 16
Dales House w/ The Mighty Fine Santa Maria, California

Jun 17
Double Down Saloon w/ The Mighty Fine Las Vegas, Nevada

Jun 18
TBA Phoenix, Arizona

Jun 19
The Underground w/ As In We & 10-4 Eleanor Santa Fe, New Mexico

Jun 20
Surfside 7 w/ 10-4 Eleanor Ft Collins, Colorado

Jun 21
Blast-O-Mat w/ 10-4 Eleanor & Only Thunder Denver, Colorado

Jun 22
Club Mustache Kansas City, MO

Jun 23
TBA w/ Arms Aloft & The Taxpayers Minneapolis, Minnesota , US

Jun 24
Nates Dungeon w/ Arms Aloft & The Taxpayers Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Jun 25
Mad Maggies w/ Arms Aloft, The Brokedowns & VBS Elgin, Illinois

Jun 26
Ronny’s w/ Arms Aloft, The Taxpayers & VBS Chicago, Illinois

Jun 27
Mac’s Bar w/ The Cartridge Family Lansing, Michigan

Jun 28
Now That’s Class w/ The Taxpayers, Reverse The Curse & More! Cleveland, Ohio

Jun 29
Butler St. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia

Jun 30
TBA w/ The Great Explainer Somwhere, Pennsylvannia

Jul 1
The Charleston w/ The Great Explainer Brooklyn, New York

Jul 2
TBA w/ The Great Explainer Somwhere, New Jersey

Jul 3
The Court Tavern w/ Let Me Run (Record Release), The Great Explainer & The Sirs New Brunswick, New Jersey

Jul 4
The Middle East w/ Star Fucking Hipsters, The Have Nots & TBA Boston, Massachusetts

Jul 5
HELP! Richmond, Virginia

Jul 6
TBA w/ Nights On Fire Asheville, North Carolina

Jul 7
Little Hamilton DIY Collective Nashville, Tennessee

Jul 8
The Firehouse w/ Dolarhyde Birmingham, Alabama

Jul 9
HELP! Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 10
The Atlantic Gainesville, Florida, US