Welcome to the first edition of Lose Control Road Notes, the semi-regularly published journal documenting the trials and tribulations of our rock band as we tour the United States. I will do my best to focus on the highlights and truthfully talk about life as it happens on the road.
For those of you just joining us, which should be everyone, allow me to get you up to speed quickly without boring the shit out of you. Lose Control is a rock band consisting of A.J. Bartholomew, Mitch Davis, Patrick Salmon, and myself (Jeff Nisen). We released our debut album, Let It Be Known, on April 1st and now we are embarking on our first national tour together. Collectively we have toured the country close to 20 times, but this is our first time as Lose Control. We are on tour for 40 days with a band called Chrysalis from Barstow, California (yes people actually live there) who also recently released an album called Focus on the Center which is definitely worth checking out if you're into what I would describe as progressive metal. Our tour is called the Focus on the Cen Tour (get it??). I was hoping to call it the Let It Be Known tour, but Chrysalis booked it and we are supporting them so figured it was probably best not to start things off with a dick move. Ok that wasn't so bad now was it? So here's what's happened so far.
Our first show was at The Epicentre, which is basically a teen center in north eastern San Diego. Although much tamer than the "ground shaking" name implies it was actually quite refreshing to play to some young sober minds rather than the usual bar scene. The kids were definitely fired up on our music, which brings back fond memories of being young and impressionable. We for sure made a bunch of new fans right off the bat, and it really put into perspective just exactly what we're doing out here. Also, being the first of many shows with Chrysalis, it was a lot of fun hanging out and getting to know those guys.
We played Long Beach at Dipiazza's the following night which was nice to play to some of our close friends before we left for a while. Both bands rocked it that night, but unfortunately Long Beach was the end of the line for Mitch who is unable to tour with us due to work obligations. Luckily the next best possible scenario came to fruition and we are able to use Chrysalis's bass player as an even trade for AJ playing guitar for them. Mitch's stage presence and humor will be sorely missed, but as they say "the show must go on" and he will rejoin with us when we get back home in August. Our goal is to one day make enough money to drag him out of work and get him on the road with us full time.
So that leaves AJ, Pat, and myself riding together in a 16 passenger van which is pretty much like The Ritz Carlton of van touring. We each basically have our own full row for sleeping, except for AJ who for one reason or another prefers the restrictive space of the captain's chair for his optimal slumber. This will be our home for a month. The good news is that we're all seasoned veterans, the van is in pretty good shape, we're playing great, and we're fired up to spread our new album across the country like wild fire!
That's all for today, I'll catch you up on the last couple days as soon as I get the chance. Thanks for reading, rock on.