TENNESSEE!!

Hey folks-

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

  1. Take a Wasa Cracker

  2. spread some vegetarian refried beans on it

  3. spread some canned jalapeños ontop

  4. finish with hot sauce

  5. 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!

 Springwater

Springwater

 Dad Hats

Dad Hats

 Day and Age

Day and Age

 Willow :)

Willow :)

 How appetizing!

How appetizing!

Detroit and Columbus

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-

Kate

 That time that Chris from The Messenger Birds enjoyed melted cheese more than anyone ever has.

That time that Chris from The Messenger Birds enjoyed melted cheese more than anyone ever has.

 DETROIT

DETROIT

 Hanging with Tart in an a crowded elevator.

Hanging with Tart in an a crowded elevator.

 I tried to pull a fast one on Daisy and sneakily brought a batch of fermenting sauerkraut in the van thinking that somehow it wouldn’t stink up the van….he figured it out. Gotta eat this stuff super fast before all of our clothes start smelling like cabbage.

I tried to pull a fast one on Daisy and sneakily brought a batch of fermenting sauerkraut in the van thinking that somehow it wouldn’t stink up the van….he figured it out. Gotta eat this stuff super fast before all of our clothes start smelling like cabbage.

Off to Michigan!

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!

-Kate

 Poster by Rachelle Caplan

Poster by Rachelle Caplan

Cello Geek: Review of Incredibow

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. 

DURABILITY

5/5 Stars

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. 

PLAYABILITY

5/5 Stars

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. 

 

AESTHETICS 

6/5 Stars

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. 

AFFORDABILITY 

5/5

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.

IN CONCLUSION

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! 

WARNINGS

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/

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RECORD DROPS TODAY AND THE WEATHER IS RAINY AND NICE HERE

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. 

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY

 

LISTEN ON YOUTUBE

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.

-Kate

 

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END OF TOUR

Hey all!

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. 

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VIDEO PREMIERE ON POP MATTERS

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. 

https://www.popmatters.com/lung-spiders-premiere-2596147849.html

We are currently in Canada. Shows have been GREAT. More on those tomorrow or the day after :D 

-KW

 

 pics from the video by Steve Mathisen

pics from the video by Steve Mathisen

 pics from the vid by Steve Mathisen

pics from the vid by Steve Mathisen

THE GREAT STATE OF MONTANA

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

love-
KW

 

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 Inspiration for our third full length album, which will be songs all written about/in/by Montana.

Inspiration for our third full length album, which will be songs all written about/in/by Montana.

The Midwesterner’s Guide to Dealing with High Altitudes

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.

  1. 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..
  2. Put your Dr. Bronners and any other liquid soaps you have in bags. They too will explode.
  3. 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!!”
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. Drink lots of water. For real. 
  7. 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!

 Beautiful picture of Washington mountains taken by Rachelle Caplan :D 

Beautiful picture of Washington mountains taken by Rachelle Caplan :D 

 Spokane, photo cred Rachelle

Spokane, photo cred Rachelle

 hey look at that great guard railing on this treacherous drive!! (this is another example of passive aggressive midwestern comment that you can make while showing your West Coast friends pictures from your time)

hey look at that great guard railing on this treacherous drive!! (this is another example of passive aggressive midwestern comment that you can make while showing your West Coast friends pictures from your time)

I'm wide awake it's morning/evening/1 AM

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!
KW

 SEATTLE! jk. 

SEATTLE! jk. 

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 Tacoma band "are they brothers" tearing it up.

Tacoma band "are they brothers" tearing it up.

Oregon? Washington?

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..

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MUSIC VIDEO OUT

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! 

https://newnoisemagazine.com/lung-butcher-video/

 My friends Natalie (who did the lights from the shoot and does all our promo photos) and Brianna (one of my best friends who is in the band Soften) 

My friends Natalie (who did the lights from the shoot and does all our promo photos) and Brianna (one of my best friends who is in the band Soften) 

Wild Fires, car-talk, and the rest of California

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!

 Oh but we did get to see the Redwoods. Absolutely gorgeous. 

Oh but we did get to see the Redwoods. Absolutely gorgeous. 

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 Arcata's square

Arcata's square

 Ms. God

Ms. God

Things You Can Do At Whole Foods Without Spending Money

I've been tight on funds (obviously. I play music. That is how it goes)- and we are in Whole Foods country over here in California. Needless to say, whole foods is expensive as fuck and overpriced BUT here is a list of ways to enjoy the Whole Foods in your neighborhood without breaking the bank/spending any money whatsoever.

1. Find the cheese samples. Unless you are going late at night or ridiculously early on the morning, there will be a large pile of cave aged Gruyere with your name on it. Make the rounds. Put on sun glasses when you go back for the third time if you want to be/feel sneaky. 

2. The lotion/face care section of Whole Foods has samples for nearly every product. Treat yourself to luscious 20 dollar organic hand cream! Go in fresh faced-or if you woke up in a van like me-scary faced and try some of their expensive face sprays. Your face could smell like a rose or some sea salt fine mist. The choice is yours.

3. After freshening up at the lotion aisle, hit up the essential oil try me section and make yourself smell like a holistic health food store. For fun! 

4. Swoop over to the olive section. Oftentimes there are more elusive samples like dry but delicious corn bread or crusty 7 day old croissants waiting for you. 

5. After thoroughly enjoying your WholeFoods dining experience, why not sit back and relax with some free wifi on their outdoor patio? Bring your computer or your cell phone. Scroll through social media or read up on the latest horrific happenings of our President.  

BONUS POINTS

Yesterday I was clued in by a cool employee of other ways to take advantage of Whole Foods. If you make friends with the bakery and bemoan to them about how you just don't know which kind of scone would be most appropriate for your party for long enough, you might walk away with a bag of free scones. Or better yet, you could do this trick with the cheese department.  

The Bay Area has been amazing!! We are heading to Chico now to play the naked lounge. More pictures to come 😍😍😍 

All the love- 

KW

 This session will end in 8 hours. 

This session will end in 8 hours. 

Beach Adventures+ More California Shenanigans

hey! It's been a few days- and things have been crazy busy! Some highlights from the last few days include playing Santa Cruz at The Crepe Place (w/ Eve's Peach and Shadowgraph) and playing our first San Francisco show at Hotel Utah (w/ The Bassturd, The Lolly Gaggers, and The Slow Poisoner) yesterday evening. Both shows were great times filled with great people. One of them was filled with delicious crepes as well. 

I haven't updated this for a minute, so I haven't had a chance to write up on our super pleasant beach adventure. We had a day off in California and decided that there would be no better way to spend it than to spend it camping at the beach! The weather was perfect-kind of brisk but sunny- and we called every campground within a drive-able radius. Everywhere was full except for a camping spot where you could sleep right on the beach. We were stoked at the thought. Midnight walks to the ocean, sleeping to the sound of the waves, and waking up to sea salt air. All we had to do was drive out onto the beach to get there. 

It all started out great! Rachelle was driving the van, the sun was setting, we spent our 10 dollars to camp (a fair price for a night) and we all marveled at how gorgeous the evening water was. We got about 3 miles out and noticed a bunch of cars parked...we pulled over. The car made a funny noise and stopped abruptly. Rachelle, unfazed, tried to reverse the van. And then she continued to try to reverse. And then it became apparent that the car wouldn't reverse and was incredibly stuck, wheels spinning hopelessly, in the sand. Daisy and I jumped out treating it as if it were snow- trying to push the car out with physical force....which does not work at all. We were parked right in front of this super outdoorsy couple that spent the entire time laughing their asses off at us, which at the time was not helpful at all but is funny in retrospect. When we asked them how they would recommend us getting out of it, they told us we really shouldn't be stuck, and that we should have let the air out of our tires beforehand. Good news after the fact. 

We tried everything//tried digging the van out and padding down the sand, tried to find some sort of cardboard to put under the wheel, prayed to the Sun Gods by flailing sand into the sky..nothing really worked. We ended up lucking out though. A very nice woman and her partner offered to pull us out with their truck and a rope. We have so much gear in the van that we broke their rope, but they kept tying it and finally we got out! When we finally got out of there, all of us (including the van) were covered in sand, super cold (it's cold in the summer there....something I was never told about California..) and ready to sleep. For free. So we spent the night at a Walmart parking lot and I have never been so happy to sleep at a Walmart in my life. Wherever you are, kind women who dragged our heavy gear filled van out of that quicksand beach front, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Right now we are crashing with our friend Amy who has the cutest dog on the planet, and makes the best coffee. That's a bit about where we are at. 

All the good vibes wherever you are-
KW

OH! I briefly thought about taking a picture of the van stuck in the sand but then realized that it was DEFINITELY not the time to do that.. Next time we get stuck in the sand I'll document it. 

 San Francisco at night. 

San Francisco at night. 

 Golden Gate Bridge in the fog

Golden Gate Bridge in the fog

 One of the perks of playing at the Crepe Place was an absolutely delicious crepe on the house. I tried The Mama Mia- an eggplant parmesan crepe :D 

One of the perks of playing at the Crepe Place was an absolutely delicious crepe on the house. I tried The Mama Mia- an eggplant parmesan crepe :D 

 The Lolly Gaggers (queercore badass band outta SF)

The Lolly Gaggers (queercore badass band outta SF)

Sunspace

Going to Sunspace was an experience that was truly one of a kind. I had never been to the valley before. I'm not even sure if you're supposed to capitalize it as The Valley or whether only LA people are allowed to really talk about it as such. Anyway, everyone in LA proper talked about it like it must be some totally different weird world. It seemed pretty normal- but then again, I live in Ohio, so I probably wouldn't observe a place as strange if it seemed a bit more regular. 

Sunspace was tucked into a little shopping center, and is almost like a secret. I highly recommend going if you live in the area. 

Reasons to go to Sunspace

1. They have this thing called Unusual Tuesdays that everyone kept talking about. I haven't been, but the way everyone was talking about it, it sounds like once you go you have to keep going back to it. Like a coffee habit. I heard it gets delightfully bizarre, which makes sense after seeing...
2. The House Band- Fer. I can't say anything that will do the experience of seeing this band live justice. So I'll just attempt to describe it. Their set started with a man wearing a paper-maché pair of lips (completely obscuring his head) stumbling out of a small door. Almost like a deer in headlights. The Lip Person was also playing key-tar and playing some pre-recorded voice memos of a man discussing the fact that we are all machines. The rest of the creatures in the band: a orange-alien, a mysterious sea woman, a large headed beast, and a red-dressed fan woman came out one by one in slow motion. It was theatrical without being overly performative. Almost as if they were just in their natural habitat and we all just happened to be there.  Behind them, the entire time, there was someone painting displayed in real time on an overhead projector. The music, their costumes, the painting, and their bizarre slow "under-water" movements, were hypnotizing. It felt like I couldn't take my eyes off of them, and like I was on this weird mental trip where these super-hero demons jumped inside my brain. 
Fer is a reincarnation of a band called The Fergus Show. You can find them on Spotify. They sound similar, but a bit more upbeat and funky at times. They are insanely good- check them out now. Anyway- Fer runs Unusual Tuesdays and if it is even slightly as strange and amazing as what happened on Sunday, it's worth checking out.
3. Great snacks. Hummus. Chips. Free.
4. Great couches
5. Kind, genuine people making expressive art. Right after the last band, someone gave a talk on art. Immediately following them was someone (Andy?) who read poetry. Everyone in the crowd was supportive and attentive. No one was on their phones.
6. Affordable entertainment in the LA area. It was run off of donations. You could see an entire afternoon-evening of music for 5 dollars.

More has happened since this. I might make another post this morning if I have enough time with the free wi-fi I'm on to post about our disastrous beach adventures..

all the love- heading to Santa Cruz to play tonight.

-KW

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Los Angeles

LA. The land where dreams come true and people are all a little bit prettier. The land where everyone seems to be distantly related to George Clooney or Cher. The land the band Warpaint is casually DJ-ing between sets at the show you open up for, and the venue looks like it's a set from the TV show Girls...

These last few days have been a blast. We have been crashing with our friend Brian who happens to be a brilliant stylist- he does hair for the guy who funded Kickstarter, as well as probably George Clooney's cousin (one of those statements is true). We picked up a show two days ago when our Yuma show got switched up and ended up playing at a bar called King Eddy's Tavern on a seedy, perfectly un-polished street in downtown LA. It reminded me of a Cincinnati bar called Junkers- and is the definition of a dive bar. It was a super great time. The band we opened up for, Hepa.Titus was one of the best bands I've heard and seen in a long time. They were super heavy, dissonant, rhythmically jarring, and kind of reminded me of if Dead Rider was even weirder. Which is great. I love weird. I geeked out to the singer, Kevin, only to find out later that he has been in a million bands that I love. He played in The Cows and The Melvins. What. the. fuck. It was cool that we got to see him in his current completely badass project. Anyway- this city is filled with so many brilliant badass music legends that chances are 7/10 of the people you see on the street have played back up for St. Vincent. I'm making up these statistics but that is what it feels like and I'm digging it. 

The next night we played a totally different kind of space-- at Center Civic Studios, also in downtown LA. It was a more sterile, polished space-- a converted large studio space turned night time venue. We played with Facial (grungy, super catchy) and Goldensuns (indie rock)-- both of which were amazing. Between our sets, members from the band Warpaint DJ-ed. I love that band as well, so that was a trip. 

Today we play in Carlsbad at The Stag and Lion Pub and Grille. I have about an hour more to hang out in the air conditioned paradise of an apartment we are staying at (with the cutest dog on earth- Pierre) and then we head on. (we'll be back in the valley for our show on Sunday though. Not leaving LA completely yet..)

all the love-
KW

 

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 Hepa.titus

Hepa.titus

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 Pierre. The most beautiful boy in LA.

Pierre. The most beautiful boy in LA.

Walmart and the Desert

Yesterday was one of those long bizarrely pleasant days. 

I woke up early at our friend Kathryn's house. She made the most delicious breakfast that would have cost at least 20 dollars at some hip restaurant: egg in a nest with avocado on top. I made us some pour-over coffee. We spent the morning blasting tunes and talking about our favorite records. She is in a band called Sol Drop and also runs a radical queer/non-cis-white-male centered fest called Femme Fest in Flagstaff. Her band is touring up to Washington state in the next month or so. Keep your ears and eyes out for her. 

We had a slow morning. Our show the night before at the brew pub was a great time, and we are all pretty into this town. We had planned on getting a head start to LA during the day, but time kind of flies in Arizona. Something about Flagstaff just makes you loose track of time, and the next thing you know you're in some hole in the wall book store reading about bird migration patterns and it's suddenly 5 pm. We headed to California kind of late. We ended up being in a rush and hit the road without grabbing any food or anything really for the trip..which is usually fine, except we ended up driving through a long never-ending desert. When we were about 1/2 way through the desert we started looking for grocery stores/walmarts/ anything that sold food that wasn't taco bell (no offense taco bell, we love you-just not yesterday). I found a Walmart that was 45 miles away and spent the rest of the drive annoying Daisy for fun by watching the GPS and counting down the miles one by one. Daisy argued that there probably wouldn't even be vegetables in the Walmart after the desert, and that I shouldn't be so stoked. He was wrong! We finally got to Walmart  and it was crazy late. Rachelle and I were ecstatic. The Walmart was one of the cleanest and most inexpensive Walmart's I've been to, and I've slept in a lot of Walmart parking lots. Rachelle and I even took a selfie by a produce-hut. What grocery stores have straw produce huts?! Fancy.

We made delicious salads that I deliriously documented, and had dinner in the parking lot. It was the best. When people talk to me about touring, sometimes they assume we crash in hotels and eat really great food all the time- and then at moments like last night, I burst out laughing over that notion. Musicians don't really make money. We eat bag salads in parking lots under the stars, thankful we survived the hot-ass dusty California desert. Life is good. 

Today we play our first LA show at King Eddy's Tavern at 9PM. We are crashing at our friend Brian's apartment, which happens to be close to a Trader Joes, and life is just about perfect. Everything is expensive in LA- but as it turns out- Trader Joe's keeps its prices the same everywhere. Their slogan out here should be "Midwest Prices with LA style!" or something cheesy like that. That will be my next job after music. Slogan writing. Anyway. Hope your days are all going fantastic.

all the love-
Kate

 Delicious breakfast made by Kathryn from Sol Drop

Delicious breakfast made by Kathryn from Sol Drop

 selfie's at the prettiest walmart I've been to ever. Almost as good as Boston's

selfie's at the prettiest walmart I've been to ever. Almost as good as Boston's

 Dinner time at our five star hotel/restaurant

Dinner time at our five star hotel/restaurant

 Voila. Dinner is served.

Voila. Dinner is served.

 sun setting in the desert, before things got real

sun setting in the desert, before things got real

Off the grid, kind of. The internet grid.

Hey world of the internet. It's been so long! But really, it kind of has. After my post on Saturday we played a show at The Rad Shack in Provo Utah-and then headed to The Grand Canyon for our days off where we lived without internet/phones. When I got back to Facebook today it was horrifying: "you have 55 notifications". ugh. As great as the internet is, there are way too many inboxes, notifications, and ways to be contacted. I vote we all just have one. Two, tops.  I recently found my instagram inbox which has been there for about 2 years without me figuring out where it was..anyway. 

Provo Utah was great. The city itself is small, filled with bookstores and coffeeshops, and is surrounded by mountains. The Rad Shack is this small DIY venue in quite literally a shack behind someone's house. The person who runs it, Dallin, is a rad gentleman who knows how to put on shows. Tons of folks in the community and surrounding areas crammed into this small little shack to watch the bands. Bands that played: Dead Metro (Provo), Emma Park (Provo), and Party Dog (CA). After the show Dallin let us crash, and his partner, Mandy, made us delicious pancakes for breakfast. 

After that we headed to The Grand Canyon. It was gorgeous. We spent the days outside, and our only mistake was not eating anything the entire day. We remembered the hydration part, but Rachelle and I definitely realized as we were driving away from the Canyon that the reason we were a bit delirious was probably because we had been hiking the trails on breakfast protein bars. 

Today we drove to Flagstaff Arizona. I'm currently enjoying the AC and tea at a local spot called Steep. We play at Flagstaff Brewing Co. tonight. 

 Canyon

Canyon

 Obligatory "I hiked in the Grand Canyon" picture. I need Daisy to send me some of him and Rachelle. They'll be up in a bit. 

Obligatory "I hiked in the Grand Canyon" picture. I need Daisy to send me some of him and Rachelle. They'll be up in a bit. 

The Great Salt Lake, A Horror Story by Kate Wakefield

The Great Salt Lake, a Horror Story, by Kate Wakefield

It started off just like any other lake. We changed into swim suits, and saw the beautiful view of the water in the distance. With the mountains as a back drop, Rachelle leaned over to me and said, “isn’t this just magical?”. I noticed the lack of people at the beach and scoffed to myself…the people of Utah must just be on their cell phones—too busy to enjoy the great lake around them. We, on the other hand, are appreciators of this kind of crap. Three cheers for Nature. 

As we got up closer to the water, the temperature dropped. I heard the howl of a dying bird in the distance. A tumbleweed inexplicably rolled across the dried up sandy shores. I noticed a jet black cloud on the ground that grew darker as it got closer to the water. I took my sandals off, ready to hop in, and just before I did THE LARGEST SWARM OF BLACK FLIES THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE descended upon my feet and legs.  I ran to another part of the water to escape the army of insects, hoping that it was a fluke, BUT IT WASN’T. 

I started to run away from the dark, bug ridden shores, and noticed TO MY HORROR that the rocky sand that we had walked in on was covered in bird carcasses, dead insects, and the tears of a thousand ship wrecked tourists. I ran, crying out in agony as the bugs swarmed around my throat, tightening their grip. THE BUGS FOLLOWED.

At this moment I realized I had one weapon on me. A small canister of citronella all natural bug spray that my friend had gifted to me before I left on this journey. I had just enough strength to pull it out of my pockets and spray them away. The dark cloud began to dissipate and I could hear the bugs squealing like little dying piggies. As I escaped, I turned around and saw that Rachelle and Daisy had gotten stuck in the swarm. “Rachelle!” I screamed, “Rachelle!”

“I’m not going to make it!” Rachelle called out, as a bird bit off her ear.

“I’ll wait for you forever!!” I cried, as another black cloud descended on the scene. I looked to my right and noticed that Daisy and gotten possessed by the bugs, and was now one of them, flying around in the sky, attacking small children. 

“Rachelle!”

“You must carry on without me! We will meet again in the mormon after life!!”, Rachelle screamed.

At this point I realized there was no turning back to save Rachelle. Daisy was now a bug, and Rachelle was getting enveloped by the hellish prison of bugs we call The Great Salt Lake. 

THE END

In all seriousness though, there are a bunch of bugs in that damn lake. For Real.

Tonight we play in Provo Utah at The Rad Shack. It is going to be a good time!

Updates on the last few days:

SLC was amazing. Played at a spot called The Underground with Nevermind, Retirement Party, and Alison Katana. 

The night before we camped out after a great Grand Junction show at Copeka Coffee (with Ride Die Ride) on top of a giant canyon/mesa/something/ I don’t really know what to call it but it was super high up and we had to take small winding roads in the dark to get up there. The sky was covered in more stars than I’ve seen in my life. 

I think that’s about all that’s going on on our end. Hope you are all well!

 

-KW

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