Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tour thus far

I'm not sure if its the fact that we recently came off the soaked in feeling of playing three shows a day at SXSW or perhaps that I'm sick and have got the slobber of a bloodhound running out of my nostrils, but thus far the tour has been somewhat of a blur for me. That's not say that everyone else(minus me) hasn't been up to their usual mayhem.

Lake Forest- Started things off right with The Union Line and Voxhaul Broadcast whom we had already toured with recently. It was great running into a lot of familiar faces at that show and catching up. Nate from Aushua and I hung out most of night and discussed the ups and downs of band sets and vodka sodas.

Santa Barbara- The next night was in Santa Barbara at The Biko House. The best way to describe the Biko is a local art college commune that had an art bomb go off inside. Really great feelings all around at this place. We literally played in a decorated garage with about 100 kids crammed inside. I remember sweat, a lot of sweat. Being the self booking whizzes we are(in a satirical sense) our first day off was day two of tour in Santa Barbara. We were staying up late and wondering from house party to house party looking for some new people to meet and a place we could crash. Matt, I, Sadie and Tulani some how spelled out JOOJ with our bodies in a haze and that become the theme of the night. "You don't know what JOOJ is?...J, O, O, J come on man!" I have no idea what we were talking about but it made complete sense at the time.

Monterey- I surprisingly have never been to Monterey. I used to travel a lot at my now prior job(had to quit bc of the band) and never had visited this beautiful northern town. Upon arriving we were quickly snatched up in all the best ways by our new booking agent. We proceeded to the local Herb Witch doctor and she filled our belly's with Kombucha and my head with yellow horse pills. Her heart is the size of a bowling ball and there's enough positive energy coming off of her to attract the population of the next town over. We were lucky enough that Kelcey's girlfriend's parents lived about 45min north and proceeded to get spoiled with a large house to fall asleep at.

San Francisco- We parted ways with our touring friends for SF and were put on a bill with Bird Monster at Cafe du Nord. We were playing early and had to meet a girl named Jen to take some interview photos before our set. We rushed around the city flicking pics in the streets and in dog parks. Curious to see what comes out of those. Despite playing an early set there were a surprisingly good amount of people who showed up to the venue in time. It felt good to see that we were starting to make some new friends in San Francisco. The band was able to stay at our buddies Michelle and Dan's house. I must of fell asleep right in the middle of the party bc when I awoke I was surrounded by like 15 people at 3am. Forgot to mention that we had to be in Portland the next day by 5pm which meant we had to leave the house at 6am.

Local Natives

1 comment:

sadie said...

my face is wonderful in the jooj picture! i posted a bunch of videos from santa barbara, check it out.