Welcome back everyone, it's been quite a fun ride since we left you on the east coast. After our show in North Carolina, we drove roughly 8 hours through the night in order to spend a day off with our drummer Pat's family (The Salmons). We had a delightfully relaxing day full of rest, then followed by exercise, great food, and beer. That was my first time trying "Pork Roll", a New Jerseyan delicacy. It's a life changer and you are nodding your head right now if you have eaten it.
The next day we headed out to Philly for our show at a bar called Connie's Ric Rac. Although a bit of a dive, the place actually puts on a good show and we played great to a very fun and receptive crowd. My only complaint was that the sound guy not only showed up late, but was also pretty negligent to our stage sound. We were also pretty convinced he was a junky. During the last song, my microphone started feeding back so loudly in my monitor that I almost blacked out and thought for sure I was going to travel through time. Nonetheless, I would definitely play there again regardless as the owner was also quite verbally displeased with his sound guy's performance.
After the show we drove our way to New York to stay with A.J.'s aunt in Stoney Point. We arrived to yet another amazing house at 4am to find a bunch of passed out 18 year old kids all over the place… clearly they had been partying all night. With no place to sleep, we did the mature thing and had a party of our own with all the leftover beer. We started in the hot tub, then the pool, then made our way to the outdoor bar where we quickly made use of a beer bong that was sitting on the counter; something neither Pat nor I had done in several years. Needless to say, great times. We passed out some time after sunrise.
We woke up in the early afternoon quite groggy, but were still able to force ourselves to run a few miles. Stoney Point sits right along the Hudson River so it is really quite a beautiful area to go jogging. After a quick dip in the pool we made our way to Brookfield, Connecticut for our show at a venue called The Room. This was definitely one of the cooler venues we played, also it was a younger crowd which is always great. It's safe to assume that we played well at this point, I don't need to belabor saying that from here on out since we have most definitely hit our stride. Not to brag, well maybe to brag, but if you get us at even a decent venue with even decent sound then I firmly believe with all my heart that we are as good as anyone else in the business. That's why we're out here!
After the show, we found ourselves with three days off due to a show cancellation which (spoiler alert) has started to plague the second half of this tour, so we decided to head back to New Jersey to spend more time with Pat's family. This was quite an amazing few days. Again we ate amazing food, and spent time a ton of Pat's awesome family and friends. One of the days we were lucky enough to catch show with Pepper and The Dirty Heads at an outdoor venue called The Stone Pony. We're good friends with a few of the Pepper guys and crew including our "5th member" Mike Sutherland who has been instrumental for our band… Quite literally he played drums for us and has recorded everything we have ever done. Plus he's letting me borrow his amp head for the tour. If you're reading this, thanks man you're an all-star. Needless to say we had an absolute blast.
After the few days of fun in New Jersey, it was time to get back to work so we made our way to Indianapolis, Indiana. In retrospect we should have left a little bit earlier to cut down some of the 12 hour drive, but instead we decided to plow straight through the night. The venue we played was called The Rock House and it probably had one of the biggest stages we have played yet. Unfortunately about 20 minutes before we went on, it started absolutely pouring rain. Couple that with it being a Tuesday night in a town that we haven't played in, and you get a less than satisfactory turnout. We still had fun, but it is even more fun to play to human's than chairs.
We slept that night in a Walmart parking lot, and finally got a good night sleep in the van due to it actually being cold for once. The next day we had another day off due to a show cancelation in Indiana so we made our way up to Chicago to spend the day at a hotel with some rewards points I had saved up on a credit card. Unfortunately we found out once we got there that the show the following day was also canceled due to the headliner bailing on the show… Really fucking frustrating, but that's how it goes sometimes. Lucky for me my lovely girlfriend came to visit us for a couple days in the interim and we've spent the time doing some sight-seeing in Chicago. Here's some photos, thanks for reading and sorry there are any typos in this post, I'm in a hurry to check out of the hotel!