Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Back To Oakland!

And now the moment we've all been waiting for! Well, at least I was looking forward to our homecoming show in Oakland, at The Uptown. I'm happy to report that it was as fantastic as I hoped it would be. Trackademics and HOTTUB killed it, and the energy was amazing. We thank everyone that came out to party with us. It was a full house of non-stop action from beginning to end.Yes, there was a balloon drop. They came down during the first song of our set, and surprisingly many of them hung around for the whole show, bouncing around from swinging pool noodles and hundreds of high fives.Thanks to all our friends and fans who came out- it was great fun! Next up, we're headed to the country to record our second full length album...more on that later...

Reno: The Other Big City That's Little

It's a long haul from Salt Lake to Reno. This is a picture of Scott showing off a wad of Alpaca fur to an Alpaca farmer that we passed on the highway. Yes, Scott travels with a huge wad of Alpaca fur. Anyway, we passed two farmers believe it or not. One was absolutely thrilled by the gesture, and the other one could give two shits either way.

We would like to thank Remi and Sloan, owners of the Underground, for putting on such a fun night. They had the "barfly buss" picking people up at bars all over the city and dropping them off at the venue. It was genius, and resulted in a crowed mixed with people from all walks of life and musical tastes. Not knowing what to expect from our first show in Reno, we were received enthusiastically by the wild patrons of The Underground. Heck, they even let us put fluorescent butt cheek prints on the walls of their hallway. What happened in Reno, stayed in Reno. We'll see you again soon.

We're Big In Salt Lake

Big drinkers that is. You can put down a six pack and drive home legally. You can be a beer monster for the night and still have a hard time getting a get the point. It's times like these that it's good to have the mobile backstage unit (aka the van) in full operation, and it was because we are seasoned tour veterans. But that is hardly the point, I just wanted to describe us using the word "seasoned." Now when someone asks me to describe our sound I have an answer for them: "it's seasoned." Well, maybe it's more spicy...see now I don't have an answer for that question anymore.

After the show at Burt's Tiki Lounge, we stayed with our buddy Matt Hopper. He's a singer/songwriter/recording artist/permanently touring musician dude. (He recently performed with our new Omega Records label-mate, Alison Harris, in San Francisco.) Anyway, thanks for hanging and taking us out for good breakfast burritos!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Old Curtis Street

Hey look! One of our pool noodles is on the hood of that cab! I don't know how that got there, but I do know that we played a show at a new venue called Old Curtis St Bar in Denver. It was a lot of fun. After that, we stayed with our friend Mike's old buddy from when they were kids. We watched the Joe Calzaghe vs Bernard Hopkins fight, ate breakfast burritos, and hung out with their enormous dog. That might not sound like much to you, but after 2 months on tour, it's equivalent to a week in Hawaii.

Outlaws Bar

We took a day off and stayed with Scott's friend in Gurley, Nebraska. He owns and operates the only bar in town, Outlaws Bar & Grill. The picture pretty much sums it up. We were disappointed, though, because when we rolled into town, our friend was not there. Turns out some dude's hay stacks caught on fire and all the Gurley men are on the volunteer fire department! Yes, we were the only men in town. While they were out there digging trenches and fighting fire, we were in the bar drinking Bud Light and Canadian Whiskey, oh well.

Talkin' Omaha

We arrived in Scott's native land of Nebraska, to play a show with our friends Talkin' Mountain. You should check them out at The show was great, and it was good to be back to Omaha. Our buddy Andrew made a surprise visit, which was totally insane because he came from Canada! So we celebrated with him be swigging off the bottle of Moonshine that he had acquired somewhere along his travels.
After the show, we of course went to visit Scott's mom. His brother gave us a fishing pole, which we were very grateful for. It was the second fishing pole that we received on this tour, believe it or not.

Belgium Beer and Bottle Rockets

Special thanks to our buddy Shawn and The Paramount Room in Chicago. You see Joey enjoying his first fine glass of Belgium Ale. This preceded the American style Poutine (yes, more Poutine!), a cornucopia of tampura finger foods (including bacon!), and outrageously good burgers. Delicious and nutritious.See, just look how happy fine beer and food will make you!
This is Shawn. Although he did not drive us around, he did show us a good time in the Windy City.Damon thought it was a good idea to ignite the pack of whistling bottle rockets that we had with us from Georgia. I'm not sure that the middle of Chicago is the best place to do this, but hey, it was a good show!