When recalling the last 24 hours my brain feels discombobulated and hazy. I think it's because most of the events were pretty intense but also pretty unrelated so they don't necessarily fit well into a fluid post.
The show that we played was at this little Irish music pub called The Shaskeen. The space was dimly lit, and the wooden walls were crowded with family photos, odd old framed advertisements, and long scarves from every European country ever. The pub was packed for happy hour when we arrived and everyone boisterously rallied together screaming at a television about some sports event.
Anyway- moving onto music, and to the rest of the evening..Thursday's at The Shaskeen's Irish pub is an unexpected metal night. Big Foot and Greada played two radically different but stellar sets, I ate a delicious Reuben, met some larger than life personalities, and got to see one of my best friends who drove up all the from Boston. Thanks to Scrimmy for putting together such a great lineup!
We stayed with our friends Sasha and Chris who are in the band When Particles Collide. Sasha is also a teacher, and they live on the top floor of a boarding school. It was kind of a trip because the apartment looked like a regular apartment- until you open up a little side closet and it leads to a boarding school hallway. It felt like The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe-except instead of having the wardrobe door lead to a beautiful eternal world of winter, the door led to a hallway that brought me back to the panic attack I call "highschool".
Sasha and I got into a long and intense conversation about the Brock Turner case. She heard one of our songs which was inspired by the ludicrous outcome of his trial, and offered to let us use her practice space and equipment to make a video of the tune. We stayed up late talking about different ways in which we can all use art as a confrontational vehicle for social change. I cannot tell you details of what she is working on, but I left New Hampshire inspired by all of her stories and her ambitions as an artist.
We recorded the video this morning and it can be found online on our YouTube channel.
Today marks another day that another rapist got out of prison after a severely shortened sentence due to our countries lack of compassion towards victims, and also the sad way the rich in this country can buy their way out of accountability. I am looking forward to all of the art, music, poems and challenging conversations that grow out of morally bankrupt situations like the Brock Turner case.
Stepping off the soap box to drive to Bangor Maine.