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

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

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

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

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

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

The Mud Flappers

The Mud Flappers

The Legendary JC's

The Legendary JC's

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

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

ELVIS!!!!!! 

ELVIS!!!!!! 

Alabamaaa, Pho, and the beginning of our Floridian Adventures

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

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

Tallahassee::Haiku

We played a house show

Then sat on couches outside

The weather was warm

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

Special Interest played a helluva show.

Special Interest played a helluva show.

St. Petersburg::

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

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

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

Cape Coral::

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

*did not eat Pho. Sadly.

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

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

A park near Tallahassee

A park near Tallahassee

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

The Bends, St. Petersburg   

The Bends, St. Petersburg

 

Geri X killing it in St. Pete

Geri X killing it in St. Pete

Celestial Spawn at The Plughouse, Doth AL

Celestial Spawn at The Plughouse, Doth AL

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

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

Nice Guys Pizza

Nice Guys Pizza

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

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

Here's to looking at you, Florida. 

Here's to looking at you, Florida. 

#rachellecaplanphotography

#rachellecaplanphotography

Marietta, Georgia

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

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

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

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

Swayze's

Swayze's

 watching the storm roll in.

 watching the storm roll in.

#pretty

#pretty

red earth, rocks, and pine cones

red earth, rocks, and pine cones

Chattanooga w/ Downtown Boys, Sneaks, and Snarky

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

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

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

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

Sneaks

Sneaks

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

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

Night Time In Knoxville and other smash hits

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

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

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

Photo by Robert Dale Sager

Photo by Robert Dale Sager

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

Dr. Terror at The Pilot Light

Dr. Terror at The Pilot Light

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

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

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

bathroom wall at The Pilot Light

bathroom wall at The Pilot Light

downtown Knoxville

downtown Knoxville

Oh yeah, Ian's Party was really fun.

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

THANKS FOR HAVING US!!!!!!!

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

 

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

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

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

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

RECAP AKA KATE CAN'T KEEP A JOURNAL

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

A few things I have learned from tour..

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

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

Sending all the love.

-Kate

 

 

 

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Fun times when you're having flies

Sooo my computer died this week and I'm a slow cell phone typer- so I've been putting off writing updates. It's been about a week since the last one- so here is a giant but somewhat concise update on our tour..

 

Seattle--  Rainy but pretty. We played at Chop Suey with our buds Hair and Space Museum and crashed at our friend JC's house. Side note: Marijuana is everywhere in this city and you can order it from counters with more specificity than you'd give at a Starbucks. So weird!

Seattle

Seattle

Daisy and Rachelle being all cute and shit walking to Pike St. 

Daisy and Rachelle being all cute and shit walking to Pike St. 

Hang times with my younger brother, Pat. 

Hang times with my younger brother, Pat. 

Portland: Didn't feel like the show, Portlandia makes it out to be but it was still a blast. We played at High Water Mark, drank Portland brews, and crashed with this cool visual artist we met named Scott. Tried to go to breakfast in the morning, but a single breakfast taco cost about 16 dollars... So...

The cool cat in Vibrassae at high water mark 

The cool cat in Vibrassae at high water mark 

Being un- photogenic in Portland

Being un- photogenic in Portland

Eugene: Had a weird night here. I went to grab a glass of wine and waste time before our show and ended up getting in a conversation/argument on politics and " the youth" with a 50 year old who ended up buying me dinner because he felt bad that I couldn't afford dinner. I like a friendly argument (and dinner) so this was a time. After that we played at a dive bar called Black Forest.

Pretty leaves in Eugene

Pretty leaves in Eugene

Eugene

Eugene

Beg to differ. #gross

Beg to differ. #gross

Emero's Italian restaurant in Eugene with the best Syrah. Wish I had a picture of this friendly AF restaurant owner.  

Emero's Italian restaurant in Eugene with the best Syrah. Wish I had a picture of this friendly AF restaurant owner.  

Medford: There is a first time for everything.. We played a show at a Chinese restaurant and got free Chinese food as payment. It was actually a really killer show with lots of locals and a group of lovely travelers. One gal wrote me a poem. Poems and new buds are always the best.

Driving through southern Oregon

Driving through southern Oregon

New friends in Medford

New friends in Medford

Chinese Buffet party times

Chinese Buffet party times

Oakland: We played at a super cool gay bar called White Horse Inn. It was rad playing Halloween weekend here because the costumes were some of the best I've ever seen. We played with a guy named Frank Ene, who will probably be a famous indie pop star within the year due to talent and his close proximity to Hollywood.

Yet another beautiful drive, this time through Northern California   

Yet another beautiful drive, this time through Northern California

 

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Daisy, Nathan and Frank in Oakland   

Daisy, Nathan and Frank in Oakland

 

Cutest dog in Oakland! Huge thanks to Amy for putting us up!! 

Cutest dog in Oakland! Huge thanks to Amy for putting us up!! 

San Francisco: We had the day off here. We hit up Haight Street, got tacos in The Mission, and finished the night off with wine, friends and the perfect view of the city in Dolores Park.

And now we are headed out from our glamorous stay at the Walmart parking lot to San Luis Obispo, CA! Ciao.

San Fran from the park

San Fran from the park

Too many free condiments create too many decisions. 

Too many free condiments create too many decisions. 

The messiest most disorganized Walmart in the history of Walmarts. I can say this officially because the parking lots have been a pleasant home away from home for the past few months.  Cracked me up. You should see the pet food aisle. Ha!

The messiest most disorganized Walmart in the history of Walmarts. I can say this officially because the parking lots have been a pleasant home away from home for the past few months.  Cracked me up. You should see the pet food aisle. Ha!

Lol

Lol

O'Leavers, Omaha, Oh yes please!

After our riveting trip to the World’s Largest Truckstop, we headed about 6 hours to Omaha to play at a hole in the wall, local music gem-of-a-bar called O’Leaver’s.

O’Leaver’s is the kind of bar that you want to live at. Qualifications for a bar that I would live at include but are not limited to: 

  1. An epic patio set up that isn’t too pretentious and feels kind of like a patio that could be anywhere. This one happened to overlook a parking lot as well as a volley ball court//bar next door, which was super amusing. 
  2. Bartender’s who are chill, and have 3 dollar fernet specials-(thanks Landon and Taylor!!)
  3. Christmas lights..although I’m pretty much a sucker for christmas lights anywhere and everywhere always..
  4. A good PA and a sound engineer who makes any room sound fantastic (thanks Thor!). 
  5. A cat. There wasn’t a cat at O’Leaver’s, but if there had been I probably would have moved in and ditched the rest of the tour- so this is okay. 

The whole night was a blast. The bands that played with us had heavy sounds that shook the place. The first band, Trench, was a technically intricate hardcore metal band that ended with a hilariously epic cover of Midnight Rider. The second, Bonghammer, was a sludge-y psych stoner metal band with driving drumbeats. Something that has to be noted is that both bands shared the same, super badass drummer, Amanda Deford. She was a force to be reckoned with, and played both sets without breaking a sweat. Definitely keep an eye out for her projects and check her out if she comes to your city.

After the show we went back to our pal’s Nathan and Ari’s apartment and binge watched a show called Chopped Jr.- a cooking show where little children compete for cash prizes and cry a lot about how their soufle’s did our did not turn out. It was a great end to a great Tuesday. 

Thanks for the pic, Rachelle Caplan!

Thanks for the pic, Rachelle Caplan!

Destination Christmas Light Bar. <3 <3 <3 yessss

Destination Christmas Light Bar. <3 <3 <3 yessss