We are in Georgia. Have been for the last few days. It think this is our first time in Georgia when it hasn’t been insanely hot. Today, when stopping at a gas station in rural GA, the clerk told me to be careful out there. I asked her why, and she told me because of the cold, and that it was only going to get colder. It’s 50 degrees here.
Tonight we play in Athens Georgia at Caledonia Lounge. The last time we played here was a blast that led us to breaking in (well, more like being let in with a key) to eat unlimited rich delicious donuts at a shop our friend worked at at 3 in the morning. Definitely makes my memories of this place sweeter..ha..
It’s our first day off in awhile! We splurged on a cheap hotel and I’m spending it living the decadent life, reading books, and typing this blog entry on this ACTUAL BED with REAL HOTEL WIFI. We don’t usually stay in hotels so when we do it feels super fancy.
The last week has been great! Lots of shows with lots of good friends. The weather has been surprisingly nice for this time of year- perfect damp fall days and chilly nights that are great for van-sleeping. The best weather to sleep in a van is somewhere between 40 and 60 degrees in my opinion- it doesn’t get too hot in the mornings and is just cold enough for you to get excellent sleep. Yesterday we played in Durham North Carolina for the first time with Maple Stave, after playing Lynchburg Virginia for the first time the day before. It’s fun being places we haven’t been. Lynchburg kind of reminds me of Willimantic- a small Connecticut town we played a few years ago. The city is built on a hill and has all these extended overgrown concrete staircases connecting parallel streets. We played that show at a record shop called Speakertree Records with our buds L.A. Dies. They are absolutely amazing people and an incredibly good live band.
We also played DC proper for the first time with the bands Tone (kind of like Godspeed you black emperor) and Koshari- a genre defying band that was kind of like The Cardigans meets Nine inch nails and Portishead. We played with them at a newer venue called Dangerous Pies. There was a green room for all of us.... filled with pie…the most delicious pies I have ever had….if you find yourself in DC go there and get the Derby Pie or the cherry pie. Both are food-coma worthy.
I’ve been doing a lot of meditating on tour to help with the anxiety of being a person-and am by no means an expert (I repeat-definitely definitely not a certified zen practitioner- it is just something I enjoy doing) but thought it would be fun to make a list of ways you can meditate in public without anyone noticing. This is not a guide on how to meditate- and if you want something like that check out tricycle’s website, or really any website on a quick google search of “how to meditate” that speaks to you.
How to Meditate in Public Without Anyone Noticing
Sit at a coffee shop/bar/anywhere, and stare into the center of an open book. No need to turn the pages- no one is really watching you most likely- people will see that you are reading and leave you alone.
Find a bench outside, put on sunglasses and close your eyes- or keep them open, depending on how you like to meditate. If you don’t want to be bothered, put headphones on.
If you happen to find a public restroom with lots of clean stalls, meditate in one of them. This only works well if it’s clean, and if there are enough stalls that you won’t be inconveniencing anyone or creating a giant line because who can find any inner peace with all of that.
In your car/ van/ someone else’s car or van.
Do a walking meditation at a grocery store or in a park. People will think you are just very concerned about what oatmeal to pick out, but really you’ll be focusing in on slowing down your thoughts or the small sensations that you get when your feet meet the linoleum.
We are heading to Winston Salem tomorrow to play Monstercade.
all the good vibes-
We always take the same route out of New York City and almost always leave late at night. We drive through crowded and noisy Brooklyn, then drive through the streets of Manhattan-which always looks oddly festive and polished after BK-and then to Jersey. It is strange how quickly you get to vast freeways with almost a Midwest vibe. It's like you blink and you're out of the city-and when we travel to play shows in NYC we are there and gone so fast it feels like a dream.
I'm writing this as I ride passenger (don't worry, I don't blog and drive). The show tonight was cello themed. Gabby, from the band Algebra II, set the whole thing up to be a night of only cello based bands. She called it COACELLO-after Coacella-which is kind of brilliant. Any cello player would get a kick out of that. All the bands were great! Invisible Candy and Laura Wolf played as well. The bar was also having a Halloween dance party in the neighboring room to the show, and it was fun to feel the energy from both the show and the party mix.
Right now we are headed to Philadelphia.
I haven't been updating the blog as much as usual. We've been on the road for about 2 weeks this run. Honestly there has just been so much crap going on in the world that my mind has been focused on and none of it seems very fun, easy or upbeat to post about. All of the news with Trump trying to take away birthright citizenship, all of the senseless hateful shootings that take place daily in this country, the blatant racism and sexism imbedded in society's core, and the lack of power all of us regular people have weighs heavy. All I can do is vote and try to do my part-whatever that is. Still figuring that part out but I feel like we all are.
Now it is morning as I finish this post. I'm splurging on some black Mc Donald's coffee in a Walmart somewhere in Jersey. The things that are going on in the world are truly awful but there is something grounding about sitting in a Walmart Mc Donald's, listening to everyone go about their day to day lives. And so it goes!
Today we are heading to Philadelphia. I truly love Philadelphia and am excited to be back in it for a day. We play a cd release show for our buds in Impressionist.
Hoping you all are hanging in there//enjoying the fall wherever you are.
Writing from Kalamazoo Michigan to you all about the last few days. We played Chicago on Sunday night and holy crap it was a good time. We played a house show that was put on by our dear buds from the band So Pretty, and it was the most packed Sunday we’ve played. maybe ever? We played in a basement that seemed unreal for Chicago- as in- it was a large normal midwestern basement. It was kind of like going to Narnia- because we all walked into a regular Chicago sized building, went down a little staircase, and were thrown into a spacious, christmas light filled, clean, and SOUND SYSTEM EQUIPPED paradise. I don’t know how that basement exists in Chicago but it does, and I am grateful. We played the show with Chicago folk act Magnus Honey, Montana solo project Cairns (who we met in Montana a few months ago…small world..getting smaller), and Glitter Moneyyy (a femme positive, sex positive, body positive, powerful rap duo that put on one of the best shows we’ve seen in awhile).
Earlier in the day we hung out with our friend Ben who runs DZ Records and did some live video sessions. Those will be up sometime next week.
Yesterday we played a radio show during the day in Valparaiso called The Source. We did one of the most bizarre interviews we have ever done. Sometimes when we are sleep deprived we say really strange things…..anyway..we’ll see how that turns out haha.
We played at Quality Beet in Michigan City with folk act Mrey and poet Ming Washington. Both were incredible. Tim, the owner of Quality Beet and one of our buds, took care of us and made some of the best vegetarian sandwiches I’ve ever had. We hung out way after the show finished up hanging out in the shop, listening to music and catching up. And then he insisted on sending us back on the road with ginger banana smoothies. :-)
Today we play at Satellite Records in Kalamazoo.
Writing this from a coffee shop right outside of Chicago. We have been back on the road for 2 days and it’s already feeling like we’re back in the swing of things. Sometimes it seems like when I’m home for too long (in this case, 2 weeks..haha) I go through existential “what is the meaning of it all” “what the fuck am I doing with my life” crisis’ and being back out on the road provides quick stabilizing answers to all that. Which is playing shows, writing and listening to music, meeting interesting people everywhere, and wandering. And also, the nice reminder that most of us really have no clue, and that’s just how it goes. At this point, I feel far more myself when I’m out on the road than I do at home. If anyone has any of the answers to these large questions, give me a shout the next time I’m in Cincinnati :)
Our shows in Lexington and Bloomington were both great times. In Lexington we played at Best Friends Bar with our pals Grlwood, Noncompliant, and Leaden Verse. Last night we played with Ghastly Indiana, and Evening Standards- both fantastic Bloomington bands, at a coffee shop that stayed open after hours called Hopscotch 2. AT and Martin, from Ghastly Indiana, took us out to a delicious taco truck down the street afterwards, and then we drove through the night and crashed at a gas station. Because it has been FAR too long since I have done that.
Today we are playing at DZ Records to do another live video recording with them— we did one a few years ago when we first started up and they offered to do another to help promote our new material..which is awesome of them. Tonight we’ll be playing a house show at Caliwaukee in Chicago. It’s a house show so DM us if you want to come and don’t know the address.
Hope fall is finding you all well. Sending good vibes-
We just got back to Cincinnati from a few little runs around the midwest and it was definitely a good time. I was sick for part of it, so I’m including a list of remedies for getting better super quick so you don’t have to cancel shows at the bottom of this. The shows were all really great. We got to see a lot of old buds in lots of different spots and got to meet new ones as well. Grand Rapids was a particularly great time- we played at 741 Leonard with our friends Bet on Rats to a lot of folks. When we showed up to the bar, we were warned that it was the “kind of bar that people throw beer at the performers”. Which was a hilarious thing to hear when I was already un-showered and kinda gross from tour. Think about what you would do if someone chucked a beer at you while you played? One time long ago I had a partner who threw an apple pie in my face because he thought I would find it hot. I didn’t. Apple pies actually hurt when you get them straight to the face. Anyway, I ended up not getting any beer thrown in my face or at my cello, but decided that if it were to happen I’d probably throw it back at whoever threw it at me. Or drink it. I don’t know. I guess I’ll figure it out in the moment if it ever happens. Bet on Rats got beer thrown at them, which I think was a local gesture of “we like you guys! Keep doing what you’re doing! Here is a half open beer!”
Bay City’s festival Hell’s Half Mile was AWESOME. We opened up for Maps and Atlases which is a band I really got into a few years ago. Their song Old and Gray is a fantastic break up song if anyone out there is going through that right now. Everyone was super friendly, and Cole the organizer of the fest treated us super well.
Rewinding to a week or so ago- MURRAY KENTUCKY WAS FANTASTIC! It was Tim the booker and manager of Terrapin Station’s birthday, and everyone got him a cake and surprised him at the end of the night. It was so fun to see a whole scene full of kids singing happy birthday to someone they all clearly adore. We adore him too. Tim is great.
Enough will rambling about shows- here is a list of ways to ward off signs of flu, cold, and sinus problems. These are mainly holistic remedies, and I am NOT a doctor- I’m just sharing things that have helped me get through flu season while having to play a crap ton of shows.
Eat garlic. So much garlic that everyone around you finds you a little bit gross. Make garlic tea! Eat garlic with honey! Eat it in a can of beans! Just eat it like a really savory and off putting apple! Anyway, it helps (just get some good mints..)
I swear by the Wellness Formula by Source Naturals. It’s a bit pricy but got me through playing a million shows at SXSW this past year. Take 3 to 9 pills a day when you’re warding something off or already sick. They have lots of herbs that are helpful to your immune system.
Probiotics. Yogurt. Sauerkraut. Beet Kvass. Any of that. Spicy sauerkraut always feels really good on my throat when it’s sore. Highly recommend any of these things, just keep your gut flora up.
Sleep. Get some.
Pressing pressure points. If you feel like your glands are getting swollen, pressing pressure points on the tongue can help. If you take a metal spoon and scrape your tongue, and stop at the points that it hurts a little to press down for a second or two, it can help with swelling. I can only speak from my own personal experiences, and picked this up from a reflexology book I love- but it seems to work well when I feel like I have strep throat coming on. Also massaging your lymph nodes below your ears on your neck can feel good and help a bit.
Scrape your tongue several times a day. This will help with getting un-wanted bacteria cultures out of your mouth.
Yoga, kundalini yoga, or light exercise
Teas with echinacea, marshmallow root, and licorice root. Usually throat coat teas will have all of these ingredients. You can also just go to a health food store and make your own blend. Adding clove and cinnamon to these can be delicious. The clove is also antimicrobial.
Water. All of it.
Eating spicy food. There is a common component to hot spices that is called Allicin (also found in garlic) that is an anti-inflammatory agent. Helps with swelling. And spicy foods taste good.
This one is a weirder remedy, but give it a try if you are desperate or in the mood to try something strange. There is an oil blend called Thieves Oil (has clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, and cinnamon) that you can buy from most places. It is sometimes marketed under different names so just check the ingredients. Anyway, this blend was used by people way back when the plague was going on. Thieves would cover their bodies in this oil, and go into plague victims houses to rob them and they could do this without getting sick. Definitely not recommending you do this, just recommending that if you are sick, you put a bit of this oil on the bottoms of your feet before you go to bed, or on your chest to help you breathe a bit better.
Neti pots are very effective in clearing the sinuses. You do not need to buy a neti pot either-a ladle will work just fine. Make a solution with warm purified water and a little bit of kosher salt, tilt your head, and pour the mixture into your sinuses allowing it to drain to the other side. If this freaks you out, just get a saline nasal spray. It’s basically a similar less dramatic neti pot.
I’m writing this from a coffee shop in Murray Kentucky, not Tennessee, but wanted to do a recap on the last few days. Tennessee has been a blast this time around! We played at The Pilot Light in Knoxville with our buds Day and Age. Knoxville is in my top 10 of cities to walk around in late at night. The downtown is connected to the neighborhood the venue was in, and it just has good vibes. It’s good for a nice quiet walk with train stations, closed store fronts to look into, and a couple taller buildings with great lights.
The show was such a good time, and we ended the night hanging with our friend Royal staying up late and just catching up on everything. He has the cutest dog in Tennessee, Willow, and there are pictures below.
Nashville was pretty epic. The guys in the band Dad Hats are old friends of Daisy, and they definitely promoted the heck out of the show. It was our first time playing Springwater and it exceeded all expectations of dive bar grandeur, with a great sound guy (Nick), kind bar staff and an addictive pinball machine. I’ve been getting kinda into pinball lately. I never really noticed pinball machines before the last few months, but I have a friend in Oregon who talked my ear off one day about how awesome the game is, and I’ve given it a go ever since. Man, I am terrible at pinball. I’m looking forward to the day that I get a little bit better so that my fifty cent games go on longer than 3 minutes. If anyone has any advice, hit me up. I was told last night that if you put all of your body weight and tilt the game slightly that it can make it so that the ball doesn’t go into the gutter. I tried it with no success, but will get back to you on it. Who knows, maybe I’ll quit music and go into the OTHER incredibly lucrative career of being a pinball playing wizard. Worked for Tommy.
Today we are playing at Terrapin Station in Murray Kentucky. I’ve posted about Murray a few times before- but it has a gem of a music scene.
I’m going to leave you with a recipe for a protein filled cheap Kroger breakfast treat that I invented called The Almost Delightful Bean Breakfast Bar
Take a Wasa Cracker
spread some vegetarian refried beans on it
spread some canned jalapeños ontop
finish with hot sauce
enjoy and attempt to take a good picture of your bean breakfast. Refried beans are possibly the most un-photogenic food on the planet. Good luck!
The last few days have been great! We played in Detroit with our good buds Tart and The Messenger Birds which was/as always/ a great time. Afterwards we went with our friend Khriscinda and The Messenger Birds to a 24 hour Detroit coney island that had..flaming Greek Cheese. It’s a thing. I don’t know how I lived in Michigan for the first 21 years of my life without every discovering this flaming cheese stuff. Apparently it’s super big in Detroit. The waitress comes out, dumps a shot of whiskey on the cheese, lights in on fire, tries not to set her hair on fire, says “Opa!!” and blows out the flames. Daisy got a video of it. I’ll hopefully upload that here soon. If not, you’ll just have to imagine it.
Columbus was great as well! We played with Queer Kevin and Dana at Spacebar. The sound is always great there, and it was cool to be at a Sunday show with kickass bands and a crowd of people.
Today we head to Knoxville to play The Pilot Light. We played there for the first time almost 2 years ago! Time flies..
all the good vibes-
I’m writing this from my house in Ohio but we are about to hit the road. It feels like I finally got used to being back home! There is definitely an adjustment period. Anyway, sipping a cup of coffee here, looking out at Cincinnati’s changing fall weather, it’s hard to believe that it’s already time to go. Well..not that hard to believe..haha…
We are heading to Michigan a day early to give a talk to a bunch of middle school and high school kids on cello pickups and electrics. It should be a good time, although it is a bit out of my norm to be giving talks to kids, so we’ll see how that goes. All I know is that when I was a kid playing cello, I was jealous of the kids who played guitars in bands, and if I could go back in time and show little-me that different sounds were possible out of cellos, that would have been eye opening and a lot of fun. So that’s what I hope it will be for some of these kids.
Tomorrow we play Detroit. Keep you posted on our travels!
This is an un-paid un-sponsored post about Incredibows. Anyone who has seen me play a show in the past 2 years knows that I shred my bows to bits. I would be down with this except that even inexpensive bows are 30 dollars and we are hardly home enough to get bow re-hairs for my 600 destroyed cello bows….
I’m going to review this bow on a star system, because why not? Everybody likes the star system.
I go through hair on cello bows that way guitarists go through picks. Which is super punk rock, but not great for my already pathetic bank account. I have officially played over a month's worth of shows (40 or so) since buying this bow. I've driven across all different temperature ranges-Washington State through Montana, up through Canada and down through the Dakotas and Minnesota back to humid Ohio. I have not broken a single bow hair, and am playing harder than I ever have.
The bow hair is made out of a special carbon hair that their company specially designed to be both horse friendly (no horse hair) and incredibly strong. The bow hair itself can be bought at a low price of 20 dollars and works incredibly well. I definitely recommend buying their rosin along with the bow, just because it works well with synthetic hair.
The bow, even the regular model that I have, is incredibly light weight. This, in combination with how durable the bow hairs are, makes the bow feel like an extension of your arm. The bow is highly responsive, and is making me play with more stylistic variation. I have been able to use a wider range of dynamics-and the volume boost pedal that I was thinking of getting to enhance choruses and louder parts of songs is no longer something I feel like I need to purchase.
The light weight nature of the bow also makes it very easy to go back and forth between pizzicato (plucked) parts of songs, and bowed parts. It’s just really easy to use.
The only thing that I think takes a bit of getting used to is the styling of the frog. It is a little bit different than most bows but I haven’t found it to be hard a hard adjustment- and it doesn’t seem to be creating any hand or arm tension. Incredibow custom makes their bows, so I’m sure if you have very specific needs for the frog of your bow, they would be happy to make a bow that would suit you.
I use a regular Incredibow, but after falling in love with this bow, I am definitely going to save up for one of their custom badass models. I’m thinking that in a few months I might invest in a carbon fiber silver glitter bow. Maybe something dark red…or leopard print.. Their regular bows look regular. If you like to keep it on the conservative side of things, no one will know that you are using a way more affordable way more durable bow than theirs—they will just be envious of how much sound you are able to get out of it.
Stringed instruments, and the bows that accompany them, are on the expensive side. 200 dollars for a custom made bow is frankly un-heard of. When I called them, super desperate, on my way to Washington, I asked if they had ANYTHING that they could send my way. They had one used bow in stock and sold it to me for 75 dollars (which is crazy cheap). The person I talked to on the phone was nice, and not condescending at all (sometimes you get that at music shops..)- and when I asked her about the pricing of their bows and why they were so inexpensive, she told me that they think that good bows should be affordable. How great is that. Buying from this company is supporting a small Arkansas business that is more concerned about people being able to afford high quality bows than making as much as they could off of it.
DETAILS TO NOTE
Another thing that is not quite normal on Incredibow’s is the high tension of the bow hair. I personally think it is at a perfect tension level, but it should be noted these bows do not have a tension nob. The tension that is on the bow is what you get. You might be able to ask them to make them in a specific way for you- but I thought I’d give folks a heads up that that is an unusual feature to the bow.
I cannot sing the praises of this bow enough. I have spent WAY too much money in the past few years on cello bows, and this bow is an absolute life saver. It is making it far easier to play my electric cello than ever before-giving me louder tones on my double stops- specifically being able to grip 3 strings at once for non oscillated 3 tone chords. I've been home for a few weeks, and have been writing more songs than ever in different styles- partially due to how easy this bow is to use. I'm no longer afraid of losing bow-hairs/money every time I practice or perform. It's amazing!
Obviously this bow isn’t indestructible. If you put it in an oven, it will probably catch on fire or melt. If you have an angry cat at your house, it will probably destroy this bow for fun. I don’t recommend running over it with a car or throwing it into a puddle off of a 4 story building. Other than that, it should be good.
WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL OF MY OTHER CELLO BOWS?
Now that I have this bow, I have a lot of dead old cello bows lying around my apartment. I think I might make cat toys out of them, turn them into very short walking sticks, or start a small fire in my backyard.
To buy an incredi-bow go to: https://www.incredibow.com/product/incredibow-omnibow/
OUR SECOND RECORD ALL THE KING'S HORSES IS OUT AND STREAM-ABLE EVERYWHERE TODAYYYY.
It's a good representation of all that we went through in our first year or so of being a band- what we experienced in our travels, what we learned/didn't learn/are still learning, lots of good and lots of bad. There are 14 tracks of PURE GOLD. haha. I'm kidding-dunno if they are gold, but they are definitely personal.
It's on other spots as well. Bandcamp will be up in the next few days.
We have our CD release party tomorrow in Cincinnati at Urban Artifact. If you are in the neighborhood, come by and check it out, and if you aren't, we'll probably be in your neighborhood soon because we kinda love being on the road if you couldn't tell.
All the love.
We sort of slipped off the face of the earth for the last few weeks of tour for the blog. Basically Canada was fucking amazing-even though we were followed the entire time by a haze of forest fire smoke. South and North Dakota were wild- Vermillion and Fargo were particularly fun. Minnesota was an absolute blast. We ended the tour playing 14 or so shows right in a row finishing with two in one day in Minneapolis. Then we slept forever, drove home, and dealt with life shit. Time really does move differently while you're on the road, and it feels like you are entering and leaving a different planet each time you go out.
There is a lot going on right now in Cincinnati. We just had a horrific shooting downtown. We lost a dear member of our musical community recently. The world is a pretty messed up place- as you all know. All I can really say is we all have to be there for each other as much as we can. Mental states are fragile. Be mindful of the things you CAN control, and be forgiving of yourself for your short comings and what you can't control. All we can do is try our best really, and get through all of this together. Might make a longer post at some point on substances (alcohol) and my journey with and without them this year. We'll see if I feel like opening up on all that :) Anyway, take care of yourself. Sending all the love to whoever is reading this. Hang in there.
Hey folks! Super stoked today to release a live video of Spiders from our album All the King's Horses on Pop Matters! We recorded the Sofa-Session with Mike Montgomery and Patrick Hague a few months ago and are excited with how it turned out. Huge thanks to Mike and Patrick for making us look and sound better than we actually do ;)
Cole Waterman did the write up for Pop Matters and did a bang up job. All the love. Watch and read about it at the link below.
We are currently in Canada. Shows have been GREAT. More on those tomorrow or the day after :D
We have spent the last..4? 5 or so days in Montana? This was our first time playing Montana and we tried to do as much Montana as possible. We played Missoula, Bozeman, Billings, and Great Falls. And then had a day off roaming around Great Falls.
MISSOULA was wonderful. It's a small cute weird town that is filled with lots of great art and interesting people. Also had the best bagel I've had on this side of the country there. We played at a DIY space called The Zacc that hosts shows and also does a lot of neat work for their community. One thing that they do is give free guitar lessons to veterans which I think is pretty awesome. After our show we went to an all night diner called The Oxford. Highly highly recommend it if you find yourself in Missoula.
BOZEMAN was strange but good. Stuff with our show got moved around a lot and we ended up playing at a coffee shop called Wild Joe's. We had to play pretty quiet, which was challenging-and we definitely annoyed a few people who were there trying to study (sorry, ya'll). The city itself was pretty polished and nice. I didn't get the best feel for the city on the whole, I think because I was super tired that day- but I'd like to go back. Rumor on the street is that Justin Timberlake lives in Bozeman, and after living in Montana for about a minute, he decided to release an album called Man of the Woods. Which I think is hilarious. If Lung ever moves to Montana I think we will release an album called Lung of the Mountains or just rip JT completely and call it Lung of the Woods and fill the album with songs about how cool and rugged we feel now that we live in Montana.
BILLINGS We played a fest here and had an absolute blast. Julia Louis Drey-fest is put on by a collective in the area called Waste Division. Not much to say other than the fest was packed, and everything was insanity. Thank you folks behind Julia Louis Drey-fest for the absolutely fantastic evening.
It ended with crashing at a nice person's house. I stayed inside (Daisy is allergic to cats) and Daisy camped outside. The only memorable thing here is that Daisy accidentally camped on top of an automated sprinkler system. ha!..ha.. :( :( :( :( He will have to be the person to tell that story, not me.
GREAT FALLS Played at Back Alley Pub- a hole in the wall pub in a back alley. As you'd probably expect, given the name. It was a great way to cap off our Montana experience. The town itself was pretty quiet but everyone who showed up to the pub was into music and to having a good time. We made lots of buds. One person who I now adore is named Mandy. We were chatting about body hair and I told her about the time some guy at a KY show asked if my armpit hair was real, and I let him know it was and that he could pull it if he wanted to. Mandy and I decided that there should be a hair putting on device, kind of like a reverse lint-roller, called Roll On Yeti for times like this when people approach you about how you like your body hair. You can just look them dead in the eye and start yeti rolling anywhere you see fit.
TODAY we head to Canada. I think we are going to be there for about 4 days. Wish us luck! I have heard crazy things about Calgary :D :D
This tour has taken us all over the map, and has had us hanging out in a lot of higher altitudes than we are used to. Here are a few tips and tricks from us to you for surviving the ups and downs of these very large hills people here call mountains.
- Don’t open up a jar of kimchi while you are driving. The altitude will make the pressure in the jar go even crazier than normal and your whole van will smell like a delicious Korean restaurant for longer than you’d probably like. This also goes for kombucha, and anything with a lid..
- Put your Dr. Bronners and any other liquid soaps you have in bags. They too will explode.
- Keep a positive attitude as you feel like your lungs are going to give out on you from the altitude changes and your sinuses get all messed up. Don’t let the pressure headaches ruin your very down to earth, practical and just friendly enough midwestern disposition. Take some ibuprofen, and say something nice and passive aggressive, like, “Wow, I can tell I’m not in Ohio because I can’t breathe at all in these gorgeous mountains! hahaha!!” “you all sure do have some great winding roads up here!! who needs cell phone reception and oxygen when you are surrounded by all these pine trees and large rocks!!”
- If you drink, your tolerance levels will be all out of whack. 1 beer might have you playing your cello in less than ideal ways. Just don’t do it.
- If you decide to camp on a mesa or part of a mountain, you will go to bed with the most amazing view of the starry sky and wake up at 6 AM absolutely melting in your tent under the heat beating down on that very large hill you decided to sleep on. Good morning, world.
- Drink lots of water. For real.
- Nosebleeds are a thing. The blood gushing out of your nose is something completely normal that people deal with on the regular.
According to Daisy, if you can normally jump two feet in the air, you can now cross a distance of about 3-4 feet because gravity is different in higher altitudes, because there is a thing known as “Mountain Gravity”. Also, anything that costs a dollar will cost you 98 cents because of a thing called “mountain tax discount”, or “M.T.D.” as is colloquially titled. According to Rachelle, a little known fact is that right angles are actually 89.8 degrees rather than the commonly understood 90 degrees because of the curvature of the earth in relation to the curvature of a mountain, so if you would like anything to be straight, you must measure out to 89.8 degrees. This is also why it is impossible to walk in a straight line at a high altitude.
So there you have it. A bunch of tips and little known facts about living the “high”-life. Ha. ha. ha.
today we are headed to MONTANA!
So it's 1 AM and we are just getting back from a great show in Tacoma with Are they Brothers and Klondike Kate. We are staying with my brother in Redmond and it is SO NICE to have a familiar spot to come home to for our Washington dates.
TODAY HAS BEEN LONG and at times hilarious/ridiculous. We have FULLY experienced Washington traffic. My brother told us at around 1 PM this afternoon that we might want to head out a little early to get to the show in Tacoma. Redmond to Tacoma is about 45 miles-ish. We decided we would leave at 2:30, and get to Tacoma insanely early to avoid traffic. We ended up taking the same detours that everyone's google-map-app's re-routed them to take and the drive took FOUR HOURS. FOUR HOURS!!!! Part of that was due to getting stuck on a small ROAD BETWEEN TWO PARKED TRAINS (this actually happened. We drove back and forth for fun between the two because. what else are you supposed to do when that happens?).
Anyway. The show was cool. Tacoma is an under appreciated Washington city filled with great music, nice people, and lots of hole-in-the-wall bars and restaurants. The bands we played with were fantastic! Side note-- As I was walking around Tacoma before the show I noticed a chain of drive-through coffee shops that is bikini themed. I think it was called Bikini Espresso. I didn't check it out because I was caffeinated and I thought it would be awkward to go to a coffee shop where everyone isn't really wearing shirts, but who am I to bash how people enjoy their espresso. I think it's like Hooters with coffee? Just think it's an interesting/bizarre Pacific Northwest phenomenon. Has anyone been to one of these places? Do men and women work in bikinis there? Is it as weird as I'm imagining?
On the way back after the show, we stopped and got a giant box of doughnuts. Life was pretty close to perfect for the drive back. For one thing, we were not in bumper to bumper traffic. And we had doughnuts. There was a fun part of the drive back where Rachelle and I both exclaimed at the same time, "Seattle! Look how pretty you are!" and whipped out our cell phones to take pictures only to be laughed at by Daisy. It was Bellevue not Seattle. But whatever. Bellevue has a lovely skyline as well. And we are very very tired.
Tomorrow we play Olympia. Good night!
Things are good! Oregon has been fantastic. During these last few days we have played so many shows with so many old friends. It has felt kind of like a time warp- revisiting cities that we played on our first tour out west 2 years ago. In some of the places we have travelled I intentionally went to little coffee shops and wine bars I had gone to in November 2016. We played shows with some of the same bands as well: Third Seven (badass solo cello artist out of Bend), Guardian of the Underdog to name a few.
We are a little over a month into this stretch of our tour. In my experience, the 1 month mark is when I start to get crazy emotional about everything. I think it’s a combination of being fully used to the disorienting life style of being a different city every day, unpredictability of sleep//general exhaustion, and having a diet that consists of the taco bell dollar menu, bag salad and hard boiled eggs that makes the body and emotions a bit more sensitive. Right now I’m just feeling ridiculously grateful to be stuck in a van with Daisy and Rachelle. And for being able to play all these shows and meet people. It is a little sad sometimes though, meeting interesting people and realizing that you probably won’t see them for years to come or maybe ever again.
Today we are heading to Washington state to play in Bremerton Washington. Before we get there we are setting up camp. It’s been too long since we have gone camping, and Rachelle found some great spots. Hopefully we won’t have another California-beach-camping situation..
A few months ago we shot this video for our song Butcher with lots of our good friends from the music community in Cincinnati. I am super stoked with how it turned out!! It is being premiered today on New Noise Magazine! URL below!
Hey! The last few days have been kinda all over the place! We had a day off but spent most of it on a crazy 7 hour detour due to a wildfire. It is definitely a weird thing talking to local folks in California about wild-fire's because the people we talk to are super lax about it. It's almost like you're talking to them about a light rainstorm that just won't leave. One fun conversation with someone was at a starbucks when we were just trying to re-route around the giant mass of burning trees in front of us, and the barista casually said that he would just take the 5. When we told him the 5 was closed he was like, "well then take the 596" (something like that). When we told him that it was also closed he said, "Well. Do you have an iPhone?". We ended up taking 36 as well as some other super windy, high cliffs with no edge, "I wonder if this is really a road" roads. One of them was seriously a one-car dirt road ON A MOUNTAIN. People thought we were crazy for not driving 55 but holy hell. I don't know how anyone drives 55 on any of that....
Needless to say our brakes got messed up and we spent most of our time in Arcata at the car shop getting them fixed. All is well though, and they actually weren't that damaged. Incase you ever find yourself on a 10 percent incline going down for 45+ minutes, I recommend (Rachelle and Daisy recommend) doing it in small portions. In retrospect we should've pulled over on the side of the road (when it had sides..) a few more times than we did. Also, if the brakes are burning, it's usually just the brake-fluid burning at first, and not the pads- SO GET THE HECK OFF THE ROAD and let it cool down!
Yesterday's show in Arcata ended up being really fun. We played with Cybernator 2 (keyboard, experimental, occasionally ambient, occasionally super pop-y) as well as a band called Ms. God. Ms. God was a three piece band consisting of a saxophone, drums, guitar and vocals. They sounded like the emotional love child of Modest Mouse and Grizzly Bear's album Yellow House. They don't have anything recorded yet, or I'd send you to their page. Keep your ears out for them.
We crashed at our friend Sarah's (from the Austin band Bell Curve) Dad, Gilbert's, house. He had a porch cat, beautiful art, and it was SO NICE to get good sleep after camping in the car the night before.
I'm writing this blog entry from a Barnes and Noble (free wi-fi!) in Medford Oregon. There is a HUGE forest fire that we drove past that has engulfed the entire town in smoke. It is the most bizarre thing to see what you think is fog, and then realize that it is smoke. And then you start noticing everyone other than you is wearing a gas-mask. Wish we had gotten the memo. After chatting with a nice stranger, I learned that the cheap air-masks don't really do anything, and that you really have to get the air-filtration masks if you want to be able to breathe at all. SO! We are definitely making the hike after the show tonight to Eugene Oregon where they will hopefully have deliciously breathable air. Looking forward to tonight though! We are playing at Johnny B's. If you are in the area and reading this, head out. Show starts at 9!