Charlotte + Jacksonville

CHARLOTTE! We played at The Station with a singer-songwriter from the area who goes by Pretty Baby as well as Elijah von Cramon's project Woof City. Pretty Baby kinda reminded me vocally of this band I dig out of Michigan called Breathe Owl Breathe. Woof City was a lotta fun- and had a bit of an anti folk vibe to them. Elijah said later that they were doing songs they never do, and that usually they're a bit more garage-y. In any case, they were badass musicians and you should check them out if they are ever in your town. 

Right before we played our set, I double checked with Daisy that there weren't any bands I was forgetting about. Daisy filled me in that another band had just jumped on the bill. Soo....we get to the end of our set and I  go on this really long monologue about how the epic band "Your Mom" had just jumped on the bill and that everyone needed to stick around for them. Everyone was laughing and I thought it was just because they were stoked to see their hometown band with the funny name. Turns out Daisy was totally making that up. I only realized after hurriedly taking our gear off stage that there was no band called Your Mom. Anyway- if you want to mess me up a t a show, just fill me in on the last minute band addition of your choosing. 

The night was really fun, ending with weird 100 million proof peppermint shots and crashing at Elijah's house.  Big thanks to Taylor the bartender and Christine for setting up the whole show. 

Last night we played at Shantytown Pub with folk artist Dylan Tietze and a band called Fuck Salad. We played with Fuck Salad last time we were in Jacksonville, so it was fun to see them again. Fuck Salad's set was improvised and pretty intense culminating in having creepy little doll heads thrown at the audience. Pictures below : ) 

Fun times at The Station, post rumpleminze shots   

Fun times at The Station, post rumpleminze shots 

 

Daisy at Shantytown Pub

Daisy at Shantytown Pub

Fuck Salad

Fuck Salad

the creepy dolls

the creepy dolls

went on a run in the neighborhood. I love the trees in this part of the country. 

went on a run in the neighborhood. I love the trees in this part of the country. 

Columbus + Charleston + Winston-Salem

Below are some pictures from the past few evenings and some stories about the people and times we had. I unfortunately didn't get any photos from Columbus (phone was dead). We played at Spacebar with our friends Queer Kevin (a two piece band with heavy bass-lines and emotive and beautiful melodies), as well as the local rock bands Keating (kinda funky fun piano pop), and RUINR (expressively fronted badass three piece group). We had a great time, stayed with our bud Steven King-and had a beautiful drive through the hills of West Virginia the next day! Wish I had photos to share with ya'll.  

This is a pic from the other night at The Loving Touch taken by Khriscinda Granaas. They are one of my favorite photographers in the Detroit Metro Area.

This is a pic from the other night at The Loving Touch taken by Khriscinda Granaas. They are one of my favorite photographers in the Detroit Metro Area.

We played at a really cool spot called Kin-Ship Goods in Charleston. The whole day was great---we chatted on the radio, hung out with Dan and Hillary (our friends and the brilliant minds behind Kin-Ship Goods) and played a really fun show with Charleston's local favorite band (and one of ours as well) Static Fur. Static Fur's keyboard player Scott, and his partner Jodie make really delicious fermented foods and let us try some of their tart kombucha and slightly spicy pickles. 

We played at a really cool spot called Kin-Ship Goods in Charleston. The whole day was great---we chatted on the radio, hung out with Dan and Hillary (our friends and the brilliant minds behind Kin-Ship Goods) and played a really fun show with Charleston's local favorite band (and one of ours as well) Static Fur. Static Fur's keyboard player Scott, and his partner Jodie make really delicious fermented foods and let us try some of their tart kombucha and slightly spicy pickles. 

Kin Ship Goods--- we played in the back room of the store that is filled with t-shirt pressing equipment, art, and christmas lights. It was super vibey and lovely. 

Kin Ship Goods--- we played in the back room of the store that is filled with t-shirt pressing equipment, art, and christmas lights. It was super vibey and lovely. 

morning after home made moonshine.. :D with Dan and Hillary at Kin-Ship Goods

morning after home made moonshine.. :D with Dan and Hillary at Kin-Ship Goods

Last night we played in Winston-Salem, a small town with lots of character. The spot we played was called Test Pattern, and the bartender-Katlyn, and Jeff the sound engineer were super hospitable. Honey Coma- a band we met in Buffalo- hopped on the bill and killed it with their emotional rock ballades. We met a lot of really cool people- some film makers, a woman named Brinn who runs a feminist music festival at the bar in town, and some big-hearted strangers who filmed our entire set. As we were walking out I got called a "cold hearted bitch" by a stranger who hadn't seen our set, which was kinda funny. After asking why, he finally muttered something about how I was wearing all black, and that he was ALSO cold-hearted. I told him I just thought he was a bit judgmental.. haha. In any case, now I have a cool new nick-name:: Kate Cold-hearted-bitch-Wakefield. Don't mess with me- I might freeze your SOUL! Even with all that craziness at the end of the night, it was still a great evening, and a memorable one at that. 

Last night we played in Winston-Salem, a small town with lots of character. The spot we played was called Test Pattern, and the bartender-Katlyn, and Jeff the sound engineer were super hospitable. Honey Coma- a band we met in Buffalo- hopped on the bill and killed it with their emotional rock ballades. We met a lot of really cool people- some film makers, a woman named Brinn who runs a feminist music festival at the bar in town, and some big-hearted strangers who filmed our entire set. As we were walking out I got called a "cold hearted bitch" by a stranger who hadn't seen our set, which was kinda funny. After asking why, he finally muttered something about how I was wearing all black, and that he was ALSO cold-hearted. I told him I just thought he was a bit judgmental.. haha. In any case, now I have a cool new nick-name:: Kate Cold-hearted-bitch-Wakefield. Don't mess with me- I might freeze your SOUL! Even with all that craziness at the end of the night, it was still a great evening, and a memorable one at that. 

Profile shot of the bassist from Buffalo's Honey Coma at Test Pattern

Profile shot of the bassist from Buffalo's Honey Coma at Test Pattern

The Loving Touch <3

We had such a great time playing at The Loving Touch for The Messenger Birds single release party! It was seriously a year ago that we met them playing in Port Huron (I think there actually might be a blog post from that show?)  in a record store basement. It was so fun to see their band again. All the love to Chris and Parker. You can stream their new single here


 

The Messenger Birds

The Messenger Birds

Off to Michigan and then south forever

We're leaving Cincinnati today after playing the first night of a really cool local event called Price Hill Creative Community Fest. The festival is put on by MY Cincinnati, an organization that gives free music lessons to children and basically empowers the entire community. We played at 8:15 pm in a library basement surrounded by cardboard cutouts of painted cartoon creatures to a group made up of lots of little kids. I think my favorite conversations happened as we were setting up. This little gal shouted questions from the audience, "Hey! Hey! What is that?" (an electric cello!), and "Where'd you get it?" (my friend's basement), and "how much did it cost?" (less than 300, but you can find it for less than that). Then she was silent for a minute, and as we were setting the levels for everything she blurted out "Hey!! Hey!! Why do you have to play so loud?" - which cracked me up so hard, because really, that's a great question. 

You can find out more about MyCincinnati and the creative community fest HERE
 

Today we are headed to Michigan (detroit metro area) and then we are headed south forever- because what better time to hang out in Georgia then at the peak of the summer heat? In all seriousness, though, we are really pumped for the shows lined up. 


shows. lined. up. below.
8/4 Cincinnati, OH Price Hill Creative Community Festival
8/5 Ferndale, MI The Loving Touch
8/6 Columbus, OH Spacebar    
8/7 Charleston, WV Kin Ship Goods
8/8 Winston-Salem, NC Test Pattern
8/9 Charlotte, NC The Station
8/11 Jacksonville, FL Shantytown Pub
8/12 Valdosta, GA Wake Up Fest
8/13 Columbus, GA The Estate
8/14 Atlanta, GA  Eyedrum
8/15 Athens, GA Caledonia Lounge
8/16 Chattanooga, TN Sluggo's North
8/17 Knoxville, TN The Birdhouse
8/18 Nashville, TN HOUSE SHOW
8/19 Louisville, KY Seven Sense Fest
8/20 Lexington, KY The Green Lantern
8/25 Muncie, IN Be Here Now
8/26 Wayne, MI Mitten Punk Flea Market

 

June July July

Today we are heading into the studio to record another LP with John Hoffman- the super talented audio engineer who did our last one. We have 22 new songs..so we'll see what actually makes it onto the record =) Maybe all of them?

Next shows will be at The Rock n' Roll Carnival in Cincinnati on the 4th of July followed by a 9 day run out to Michigan and the East Coast!! 

House shows, Macrock, and The Olive Garden

We played a house show in the heart of some gorgeous mountains, played Macrock for the first time (killer amazing DIY festival in VA), and went on a hot hot date to the olive garden. Here is a haiku. 

Roanoke is rad   
I can survive on breadsticks
Macrock stole my heart.

 

 

Making faces for MACROCK!!!!

Making faces for MACROCK!!!!

Rachelle and Daisy in their element =)

Rachelle and Daisy in their element =)

Daisy got asked to do improv drums for Jaguardini! We love Jaguardini, so this made for a great time for sure. 

Daisy got asked to do improv drums for Jaguardini! We love Jaguardini, so this made for a great time for sure. 

Macrock afterparty had bands from the fest that I hadn't gotten a chance to see during the day. This is a picture of a band I really dug called Ashes playing at 1 AM. 

Macrock afterparty had bands from the fest that I hadn't gotten a chance to see during the day. This is a picture of a band I really dug called Ashes playing at 1 AM. 

THE OLIVE GARDEN.  I lied to the waiter and told them it was Daisy's birthday and that we needed a picture, much to the dismay of everyone else. Whatever. I'm a grandma and I like pictures at dinner. 

THE OLIVE GARDEN.  I lied to the waiter and told them it was Daisy's birthday and that we needed a picture, much to the dismay of everyone else. Whatever. I'm a grandma and I like pictures at dinner. 

Appalachia is absolutely beautiful. This is someones backyard near the house show we played in Roanoke. 

Appalachia is absolutely beautiful. This is someones backyard near the house show we played in Roanoke. 

Street Sects::(in)voluntary sensory deprivation

Watching Street Sects perform is a totally surreal experience that puts you in the center of a different, less tangible world. Thirty minutes before the show the room fills up with fog. You are suddenly transported to a small solitary space, and the sensation is similar to that of a room slowly but surely filling up with water. You don't realize how foggy it is going to get until you can barely see your hands in front of you. You don't realize how intense it is until everything goes completely black and the music starts. It is an experience of involuntary sensory deprivation. 

Leo acts as more of an antagonist than a lead singer. He is commanding and horrific, coming just close enough to your face to feel threatening. The lights coldly flicker on and off, and the music is loud and dissonant enough to feel in the hollows of the floor as well as deep in your chest. I don't want to give away all of the twists and turns, but when their set is over, and the regular lights snap back on, you get this bizarre feeling of being woken up from a strange strange dream prematurely. Both their music and their stage work is not to be missed and is truly unique.

We have had the pleasure of sharing several shows with Street Sects. We hopped on a show with them in Charlotte super last minute at The Milestone. The night was filled with good bands (Konvoi, Planet Creep), a lot of catching up, and PBR.

 

 

WEEK 3:: aka the part of tour where I start to lose track of where I am and what is happening

SO! It is week 3 of tour and we ( Daisy, Rachelle and I) are hanging out at a coffee shop in Charlotte. This is officially the part of tour where I start to forget where I am all the time, forget to write this blog, forget what day it is, forget where we are playing, not to mention just about everything that happened yesterday or the day before that. Really glad I keep a journal on tour or I think I'd seriously not remember most of what even happens on it and I definitely would not be able to do a recap on what the hell is even happening. Here is the week in review..

JACKSONVILLE: Our last Florida show was a blast. Played at an awesome bar called Shantytown Pub with Spew and a band called Fuck Salad. Best band name awards go to both of them. Best bartender award goes to Erik Reeder. The crowd was small but raucous and there were a lot of very violent piggy back rides going on. Got kinda crazy. I didn't join in on any of the tackles but I did elbow someone pretty hard because I'm hardcore like that. Afterwards we crashed with Daisy's old dear friend Zach and stayed up late watching Hedwig and eating delicious pizza.

SAVANNAH: Played a really cool art space/venue called Starlandia for a festival that integrated visual art, bands, and stand up comedy. This was really neat. I have never laughed so hard at a show. Bands and comedians went back to back, and visual art was done throughout the night. After the set, we were informed by our friend Joe (from one of the bands Joi Ryder) that there was a rad open mic night 2 doors down. We crashed that, which was a time as well. Daisy played in a drum cage. It was awesome. In the morning before we headed out, we were gifted 3 tickets to see a Nick Cave art exhibit. It was epic.

CHARLESTON:: Spent most of the day sleeping after eating southern food. I don't know how people eat it all the time because it knocked me out for like 4 hours. After my food coma ended, we played a solo show at a bar called The Tattoed Moose. Met a bunch of cool people, but I definitely missed not playing with other bands.

CHARLOTTE Pt 1: Played with our pals The Asound and Human Pippi Armstrong at a spot called The Station. This was a particularly special show because The Asound is comprised of members (Michael and Doug) of DAISY'S FIRST BAND EVER. EVER. Everyone had a great time catching up. 

Speaking of catching up, we are playing another Charlotte show with our good friends Street Sects (toured with them in Texas last fall) tonight at The Milestone. Can't wait!!!! If you ever have a chance to see them live, and can take intensely foggy atmosphere's and horrifically stimulating shows (in a good way), you should.  

Shantytown Pub

Shantytown Pub

Piggy back rides among friends. 

Piggy back rides among friends. 

Daisy and his good friend Zach being pizza models. Zach let us crash at his house.

Daisy and his good friend Zach being pizza models. Zach let us crash at his house.

The Asound

The Asound

St. Augustine Saturday's

Spent Saturday night in St. Augustine at a really neat music dive bar called Shanghai Nobby's. It was dimly lit and covered in christmas lights and band posters. The bartender quoted Hedwig and the Angry Inch to me within two seconds of being there- so I knew right away it would be a lovely night. I was slightly disappointed that it wasn't actually an asian restaurant- because if it had been, then we would have officially played 2 chinese food buffet bars in the past year. See the Medford section of this post for proof::  Fun times when you're having flies

Nobby's is super fantastic, even if it isn't a Chinese Buffet, and we had a stellar time playing with Puddled (a one man band whose set includes him getting sprayed with spray paint by the crowd. That was fun), as well as the new loud and killer duo Scraps. 

Thanks so much to Jacob from Scraps for setting up the night, and mad love to Cole for giving us a place to stay, and providing us with delicious beer and coffee (in that order). 

 

Cole from Scraps

Cole from Scraps

There was a piano in Cole's yard! You can't play it after 2 AM though. 

There was a piano in Cole's yard! You can't play it after 2 AM though. 

Spanish moss

Spanish moss

Watch out for this hardcore St. Augustine gang. They're out for blood.

Watch out for this hardcore St. Augustine gang. They're out for blood.

Orlando!! featuring The Mud Flapper's and The Legendary JC's

We were super lucky to be added to insanely fun lineup at Will's Pub this Friday. The lineup featured two local bands that are clearly adored by the music community in Orlando.

The Mud Flapper's put on an incredibly entertaining show that had me dancing the whole time. Their energy was contagious, and you could feel it in the room. Their musical style is hard to pinpoint but had me thinking of early harmony ridden jazz and upbeat indie fusion folk. Their harmonies were super tight, and the showmanship of lead singer's George and Sarah was impeccable. 

The Legendary JC's is a band that has been around for 20+ years. It's always super humbling to be around bands that have played together for that long. They were funky, soulful and the lead singer, Eugene, had vocals that were reminiscent of Prince. If you ever have an opportunity to see either of these bands live, drop what you are doing and do it.

We stayed up late and went to a top secret classy Orlando afterparty that I have been sworn to secrecy to say absolutely nothing about. So I won't. 

Huge huge huge thanks to our friends from The Mud Flapper's, Sarah and George, and to Jessica (books Will's Pub) for adding us to such an amazing night!

The Mud Flappers

The Mud Flappers

The Legendary JC's

The Legendary JC's

Sarah and George's dog Elvis. Stole my heart. look at that underbite.

Sarah and George's dog Elvis. Stole my heart. look at that underbite.

ELVIS!!!!!! 

ELVIS!!!!!! 

Good times at Brew-etarian

Stuart is a small town in southern FL with seemingly very little in it- but there is a lot going on under the surface. It’s one of those weird awesome towns that has entire stores devoted to Lamps (more lamps I’ve ever seen in my entire life actually), and there are diners there that seem to have been there since the beginning of time (or at least the 1950’s). 

Our show was at a bar/vegetarian cafe called Brew-etarian. Billy Graham, one of the owners of the bar, is also a musician in a band called The Prescription- and from all of his time touring-has made it a goal to make his bar one of the best for bands to play at. He hooked us up with delicious local brews, a spot to sleep in the restaurant (crossing that off my bucket list now), and some of the most delicious vegetarian bar-food I’ve ever had in my life. Oh and a really really great show as well.

The bands that played (Loose Tight, Chronoslingers, and The Prescription) were all heavy rocking bands and were comprised of really chill and genuinely nice people. After the show we all stayed up late, enjoyed the Florida weather, and some late snacks of after hour vegetarian burgers..Restaurants are officially my new favorite places to sleep.

All the love to Billy, Autumn, the bands that played, and the folks who came out and hung till hella late who made this evening memorable as heck.

Best vegetarian burger award goes to Brew-etarian for sure. Watch out world.

Best vegetarian burger award goes to Brew-etarian for sure. Watch out world.

Billy Graham (bar owner and plays in the band The Prescription)

Billy Graham (bar owner and plays in the band The Prescription)

Chronoslingers

Chronoslingers

LAMPS!!!

LAMPS!!!

MORE LAMPS!!!

MORE LAMPS!!!

ALL THE LAMPS. Closed :( :( ;( But seriously, I wanted to check out this store. It was 4 shop windows long and all of the lamps were calling out my name .." Kate! You need a lamp!! Take mee home!" I'm clearly sleep deprived.

ALL THE LAMPS. Closed :( :( ;( But seriously, I wanted to check out this store. It was 4 shop windows long and all of the lamps were calling out my name .." Kate! You need a lamp!! Take mee home!" I'm clearly sleep deprived.

WEIRD FACTS ABOUT FLORIDA pt 1

Florida is weird. Here are some fun facts to support this statement::::::

1. More serial killers are from Florida than any other state  
2. Being completely surrounded by water, this state is slowly sinking into the ocean and might not be here in 50 years.   
3. Alligators can legally vote (alt fact by Daisy)
4. Their culture surrounding homelessness (I guess it is illegal to busk outside, and for homeless people to ask for money or food which is absurd.
5. Face eating. It has happened twice.
6. There is a current issue with people having pythons as pets, not wanting to take care of them, and then releasing them into the wild into the everglades. There are teams that go out to catch these massive pythons, because they are devouring the natural flora and fauna of the everglades.  
 

Alabamaaa, Pho, and the beginning of our Floridian Adventures

So at this point basically all we do is drive, sleep at rest stops, hang out in parks all day, and then play shows at night. I'll just post pics of nature rather than trying to describe how pretty everything is down south. Here is a recap of the last couple days =) =) =) =) =) =) =) =)

Dothan, Alabama:: Played at a spot that ended up being at a huge warehouse storage space (turned music DIY venue) at the bottom of a winding dirt road. The spot is called The Plughouse and is a liberal safe haven for people who don't quite fit the mold of conservative Alabama. It was clear that The Plughouse is a staple in Dothan's art community. We played with a bunch of heavy rock bands. One that I really dug was Celestial Spawn- a two piece death metal band out of Columbus Georgia. 

Tallahassee::Haiku

We played a house show

Then sat on couches outside

The weather was warm

****also ate Pho. We love Pho.

Special Interest played a helluva show.

Special Interest played a helluva show.

St. Petersburg::

Played tunes with Geri X and Jeremy Trevino at The Bends in impossibly hip downtown St. Petersburg. The bar was crazy because it felt like it was more of a club, but apparently they host a ton of heavy metal nights. Huge thanks to one of the owners, Victoria, for hooking us up with the gig.

***ate more Pho. Florida's Vietnamese food is on point.

****also, I did something really stupid that night...I FORGOT MY CELLO AT THE VENUE!!!!! We got about an hour and a half out of St. Pete when we got a phone call from Victoria informing us of my mistake. Who does that!? Who forgets a cello at a venue? I guess I do. I'm really happy that Rachelle and Daisy didn't kill me that night, and that we got it back and that all was well. I think I need to cover my cello in glow in the dark tape or put a beeper on it or something. Never again!

Cape Coral::

Played at Nice Guys Pizza in Rachelle's hometown. Holy hell this was a great night. Our friend Marc Davis set up a super rad show with Constellation, Plural Being, and Lee Breshnyda. The bar was packed with super friendly locals and vacationers. (is Vacationers a word?) Anyway. We had a blast hanging with everyone and got a complimentary truffle pizza from the owners Jimmy and Greg. Also check out this fantastically honest drink menu. All the love to South Florida and to everyone who came out to the show!

*did not eat Pho. Sadly.

An honest menu at Nice Guys Pizza. I seriously love this. 

An honest menu at Nice Guys Pizza. I seriously love this. 

A park near Tallahassee

A park near Tallahassee

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

The Bends, St. Petersburg  

The Bends, St. Petersburg

 

Geri X killing it in St. Pete

Geri X killing it in St. Pete

Celestial Spawn at The Plughouse, Doth AL

Celestial Spawn at The Plughouse, Doth AL

Looks like a peaceful empty field of storage units......it isn't. Love to The Plughouse

Looks like a peaceful empty field of storage units......it isn't. Love to The Plughouse

Nice Guys Pizza

Nice Guys Pizza

The view from the van at 4 AM after we drove back to The Bends...I will never forget my cello at a gig again. Never. That sucked. hahahahahahhahaaha.

The view from the van at 4 AM after we drove back to The Bends...I will never forget my cello at a gig again. Never. That sucked. hahahahahahhahaaha.

Here's to looking at you, Florida. 

Here's to looking at you, Florida. 

#rachellecaplanphotography

#rachellecaplanphotography

Marietta, Georgia

Marietta Georgia is a small freaking town surrounded by gorgeous rivers and parks. We got to the area kind of early and spent another day outside by the river.  It was so beautiful! I kinda feel like this tour is just an excuse to see all the lovely landscapes the US has to offer. 

In the evening, we played at this rad DIY spot called Swayze’s. It was a crazy show because the weather was super insane. The lightening and hail caused the power to go out right before we were going to play. The venue had about a million extension chords (or at least way more than one would expect) so it all ended up working out fine. Thanks so much to all the folks who work at Swayze’s and the other bands for making the show such a blast!

One thing to note is that men in the south seem to feel way more entitled to harass women in weird ways. A concrete example is something that happened this morning. Rachelle and I were hanging out sipping coffees at the gas station this morning, and two creepy men pulled up next to us in a van saying incredibly messed up stuff, basically implying that they would love to pick us up and drive us away in their truck. PSA to anyone who needs reminding: that is never cool, and “hey, we could totally abbdduct you in our truck” is never perceived as a good pick up line. We deflected their comments and made a b-line to Waffle House. I hope those guys get their minds fixed.

Today we are continuing South and are headed to Dothan Alabama.

Swayze's

Swayze's

 watching the storm roll in.

 watching the storm roll in.

#pretty

#pretty

red earth, rocks, and pine cones

red earth, rocks, and pine cones

Chattanooga w/ Downtown Boys, Sneaks, and Snarky

Chattanooga is a beautiful city. We spent most of the day camped out in a neighborhood filled with coffee shops, holistic medicine spots, and beautiful parks. The crazy thing was realizing that we didn’t need our winter coats in March. The even crazier thing ended up being that it was warm enough to lay out on the grass by the river in shorts and a t-shirt. 

We played at a JJ’s Bohemia with Downtown Boys, Sneaks, and Snarky. All of these bands were womxn fronted and everyone played super high energy sets. We had heard Snarky and Downtown Boys before from past shows, but this was my first time seeing Sneaks and I was totally blown away. If you haven’t heard them before, definitely check them out. Their upbeat pop sensibilities work super well with quirky dissonant bass lines. Kind of reminded me of early Little Dragon (think, the song Twice) crossed with MIA and Le Tigre.

Huge thanks to Ash from Snarky for putting us on such a stacked bill. 

Anyway! We’re now headed to Marietta Georgia to hang in some lovely 80 degree weather. Peace and love.

Sneaks

Sneaks

Someone named Peyton gave me a rose after I played. I love roses! Hopefully that becomes a regular thing because I could get used to free flowers.

Someone named Peyton gave me a rose after I played. I love roses! Hopefully that becomes a regular thing because I could get used to free flowers.

Night Time In Knoxville and other smash hits

AHHH! So the past few days have been freaking amazing. We had been in hibernation for a few months writing songs and practicing and what-not (also it's cold..so why leave your house)- but broke the spell by playing in Louisville on Friday, Cincinnati on Saturday, and Knoxville yesterday. 

The shows have been a blast. In Louisville we played a restaurant turned-pop up venue called Eiderdown. It usually serves fancy German food, but occasionally hosts raucous shows. We played with Louisville's Pleasure Boys, and Cinci's Pop Empire. Both bands joined us the next day for our LP release party.

Holy hell. The LP release was one of my favorite nights ever. It was super loud, and tons of folks came out. The bartenders at Northside Tavern are the best in the city, and Steve Schmoll made us sound even louder than normal ;)  Thanks, Steve. All the love to Cincinnati. 

Photo by Robert Dale Sager

Photo by Robert Dale Sager

Yesterday we drove to Knoxville to play a small spot called The Pilot Light. It is a hole in the wall music bar in a downtown neighborhood called Old City. The walls were painted a deep red, and covered in casually strung christmas lights, odd paintings, and graffiti. Before we played, I walked up the hill and explored a bit of downtown. Knoxville was actually a pretty happening spot considering it was Sunday. The bands we played with, Day & Age and Dr. Terror both killed it. 

Dr. Terror at The Pilot Light

Dr. Terror at The Pilot Light

A highlight to the evening was definitely Waffle House, and crashing at a Walmart in Chattanooga (we drove there after the show). I'm sure that it is just because it was the first night of tour, but it was oddly home-y sleeping in the van again. Today we are bumming around Chattanooga until load in at 8. Super looking forward to playing a show with Downtown Boys, Sneaks, and Snarky at JJ's Bohemian tonight.  

Rachelle, Daisy and I truly truly suck at taking photos of ourselves. We look serious because whenever we smile we look like aliens. In a bad way.

Rachelle, Daisy and I truly truly suck at taking photos of ourselves. We look serious because whenever we smile we look like aliens. In a bad way.

bathroom wall at The Pilot Light

bathroom wall at The Pilot Light

downtown Knoxville

downtown Knoxville

Oh yeah, Ian's Party was really fun.

IAN'S PARTY!!!!!!!!!

THANKS FOR HAVING US!!!!!!!

Highlights were definitely The Cell Phones, the great vibes and sound at Subterranean, and playing an afterparty at a pizza place a cross the street from our first show. We seriously just walked our amps and drums across a busy intersection to play it. 

 

THE CELL PHONES ! Local to Chicago, Lindsey is one of the best front women in the history of time. 

THE CELL PHONES ! Local to Chicago, Lindsey is one of the best front women in the history of time. 

SheWhoCorrupts played after us at SubT's and they were phenomenal. Also, it was fun to see them start the show in drag and end up playing loud heavy driving music in panty-hose. It gets hot up on stage. 

SheWhoCorrupts played after us at SubT's and they were phenomenal. Also, it was fun to see them start the show in drag and end up playing loud heavy driving music in panty-hose. It gets hot up on stage. 

RECAP AKA KATE CAN'T KEEP A JOURNAL

The last few months have been a freaking blast. We ended up doing 4 weeks on the east coast, and 5 weeks on the west coast. Every day was a different city and a different venue with totally different vibes. 

A few things I have learned from tour..

1. The West Coast really does have the best tacos.
Seriously so many free spicy salsas and homemade tortillas. I think all we ate from California down through Texas was Mexican food and I do not regret this in the slightest. Tacos all day. I still have dreams about them (the tacos).
2. Turns out the midwest is just as flat as everyone says it is. 
Being from the midwest, I always just thought that folks were being obnoxious about how pretty everywhere else is..but wow...the west has beautiful mountains, the east has rivers and some sort of body of water in every city, and Appalachia is just hilly and gorgeous. The midwest still has my heart though. We make the best beer, and when all of the coastal cities flood and global warming screws us all, Cincinnati will be like a cross between NYC and San Francisco. 
3. Living out of a van is totally possible
I think by the end of tour I preferred sleeping in the van to sleeping in my house. We never had to sleep in the van in the dead of winter though, so I'm sure that would be a much different story. 
4. Oregon has the best rest stops
Free coffee. At every one. Praises.
5. People are really pretty kind
It was really surprising how generous and nice most people were while we were out on the road. All of the people that we stayed with, and all of the venues had really interesting stories and were overwhelmingly hospitable. I guess it's nice to know that in a time of so much political divisiveness and uncertainty that you can count on many strangers to be good people. Thanks to everyone who gave us spots to shower, unexpected and delicious dinner, and all around good times. 
6. You can totally live off of canned beans and taco bell.
Gross, but true.

We are home for the winter, and are taking the next  few months off to finish our full length album and to write new material. The album is sounding pretty cool, and Rachelle (basically the third member of the band-who does our art and makes life altogether better) is working on some amazing artwork for it. You can expect it to be released by March 16th, and we will be announcing specific dates for our spring tour in the upcoming weeks. 

Sending all the love.

-Kate

 

 

 

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