Good times at Brew-etarian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chronoslingers

Chronoslingers

LAMPS!!!

LAMPS!!!

MORE LAMPS!!!

MORE LAMPS!!!

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

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

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

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

Shredding in Boise (at The Shredder. ha.)

The Shredder is a DIY arcade punk bar in Boise, Idaho. It is dimly lit and covered in posters from the millions of shows that they have there all the time. Our experience there was pretty great, minus the fact that there was no parking anywhere. Rachelle and I took a hour long adventure driving in loops around the venue, and practically cried with joy when we found a spot for the van. Van parking in cities is no joke, and there was a festival down the street which made it a challenge. We rewarded ourselves with cold canned whiskey beans, because yolo.

After our canned bean feast, we played the show. The sound guy, Matt, was a seasoned professional and a huge metal head. He told us all about the time he saw Metallica, Venom and Slayer on the same bill before they got big. Apparently the guitar from Metallica was so wasted that he fell off stage, was lifted up and put back, and continued the show like nothing happened. Life goals?

We played the show with two local bands, Tag Along Friend and Three Gunas. The evening was a good time. Afterwards we drove to Oregon and crashed at a rest stop. Out on the east coast we spent a lot of nights in walmart parking lots, and I think we are all coming to the agreement that rest stops are where it’s at! Firstly, you don’t have the really bright lights that you get when you sleep in a parking lot. Also, if you find the right rest stop, you can end up getting free coffee and a nice little hike out of the deal. 

We are currently driving on a road that follows the Oregon trail. It’s gorgeous. You are probably sick of hearing about how pretty things are, so I’ll just post the pictures.

 

Oh hi, Idaho. I see there is a lot more to you than potatoes.

Oh hi, Idaho. I see there is a lot more to you than potatoes.

Little weird cloud rainbow on the top right.

Little weird cloud rainbow on the top right.

The Shredder

The Shredder

 "free coffee and maps will help.." yes, Oregon, yes they will.

 "free coffee and maps will help.." yes, Oregon, yes they will.