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

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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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Colorado part 1

Hey folks. I’m writing this post as  we drive through the rockies and man is it absolutely beautiful. I haven’t spent much time in this part of the country, and it’s crazy how small you feel while hiking on a mountain trail or even just driving through them. The temperature has dropped and our van is nice and quiet.  I can’t believe this is just another highway to people who live around here. 

Shows in Colorado have been spectacular. Our first night in the state, we played at a spot called Triple Nickel Tavern in Colorado Springs. We played with Mobdividual- a solo act based out of the area who produced walls of sounds. His music kind of reminded me of a more ambient version of Explosions in the Sky. Modern Color, a band from California, tore it up as well. We had our first bout of good-samaritan situations while we were leaving the gig. We had planned on crashing in a Walmart parking lot and a gal who made light conversation with us, who didn’t even catch our set, saw that we were loading up gear into the van and offered us her backyard to crash in. Erin, wherever you are right now in Colorado Springs- THANK YOU for making our night.

We ate at a really delicious spot in the morning called La Baguette that had incredible day-old croissants and insanely good omelettes. It was the first hot meal we had had this tour, so it was especially good. 

Denver was super fun. We played at Seventh Circle Brewing, which is a little DIY spot that you wouldn’t notice if you were just driving by. The front is un-assuming and small looking, but when you walk into the little house and go down some stairs it opens up into this larger back warehouse space with a chill patio. We played with Sinister Pig, a badass anarchist band out of Fort Collins, Married a Dead Man, a pseudo goth heavy band out of Denver, and Great American- femme fronted indie-punk rock also from Denver. We stayed in Denver with friends and went out with old friends to a vegan restaurant. One of our buds, Jessica, works at the art museum, so we got tickets to see the modern art exhibit which was a treat. After that we drove to Fort Collins and our friend Dave from Sinister Pig’s partner, Maria made MORE delicious vegan food. Maria was super kind and told me about her journey with being a vegan. It’s cool to hear about how people make big life choices, and kind of empowering. The show in Fort Collins was at an anarchist 4th of July party—— someone’s American flag shirt was burned in a fire pit, music was made, and fun was had. Sinister Pig and Married a Dead Man played again, as well as Plasma Canvas. 

Today we head to Grand Junction. Today will be our 7th show in a row. We have 3 more shows before we have some time off to camp in the Grand Canyon. Hope all of you are having lovely days. 

all the good vibes-

Kate

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“I’m going to WICHITA” (play on repeat)

Yesterday was our first time playing Wichita!  

In the early evening  we hit up a gorgeous riverside park and hung out with the ducks before having a fantastic night at Kirby’s Beer Store. The dive bar was perfection, covered head to toe in band stickers, bumper stickers, all the stickers, and good vibes. 

We played with Lt. Frog- a sometimes punk sometimes blues-y, sometimes just out there cool band from the area as well as The Pre-Existing Conniptions. The Pre-Existing Conniptions is another cello band-and Ronnie, the lead singer/cellist used her instrument in ways I haven’t seen before. It’s really neat to see how cellists use their instruments, because there really is nothing to go off of-there isn’t a standard set up-and as a rule I’ve noticed that cello pick-ups and electric cellos are kind of janky in general compared to electric guitars- so it makes for an incredibly wide range of sounds and styles you can get from the instrument. Their sound reminded me of early Breathe Owl Breathe (Michigan cello folk band), but with a bit more of a driving rock edge. 

Some day I am going to make a post on all the cello-bands we have been lucky to play with across the country. There are still more in store for this upcoming tour *cough cough* *Oregon* :) 

Today is one of our longest drives. Right now we are heading to Colorado Springs. This part of the country that we are driving through is super flat but stunningly beautiful in the fact that you can see for miles in every direction. 

Also an update on my letters: STILL HAVEN’T FOUND A BLUE BOX! I made a list to lament this fact.

Places you’d think you can find blue-box public mail boxes but cannot

  1. The entire state of Kansas
  2. College Campuses (Kirby’s Beer Store was near one so I went on a long walk.. found nothing)
  3. Gas Stations
  4. Banks
  5. Most grocery stores

Keep you posted on when I find the post.

Sending love from this gorgeous, flat, and expansive part of America. 

-KW

 

Sunset at the park where we saw The Keeper of the Plains monument 

Sunset at the park where we saw The Keeper of the Plains monument 

The Pre-Existing Conniptions (cello rock, infused with SCIENCE. but really)

The Pre-Existing Conniptions (cello rock, infused with SCIENCE. but really)

Look at this cool duck. Just chilling. 

Look at this cool duck. Just chilling. 

Kansas City, Missouri

KANSAS CITY! What a pretty city you are.

The downtown was expansive and had lots of small parks scattered throughout. Record Bar- the spot where we played- reminded me of Metro in Salt Lake City. It was huge, with a great sound system, and had a bit of glitz to it (beaded curtains on the stage, bright lights etc). Before the show, we all walked around the city and soaked in the downtown area. Funny story though- I couldn't find a mailbox to send a letter ANYWHERE. I like sending letters on tour and it seems like whenever I don't need to send one, the blue mailboxes are freaking everywhere, and whenever I do need to they melt into the void. Keep you posted on the mailboxes in Wichita where we are headed..

The show was a good time. We played Middle of the Map Fest which was a festival that takes over all the bars in the downtown area for a weekend of music. One band that we played with that I loved was The Fey. Look them up if you don't know them.

We crashed at our new friends Jake and Lisa's house. Jake is in a band called Mariner, and his bandmate Justin (and his partner Cory who set up our SL show) put us up the night before. Sending all the love to all of them.

SIDE NOTE ON COFFEE ON TOUR

I made a giant blog post on how to make coffee on the road with a thermos, a strainer, and a mug. I still stand behind that but this tour I'm doing something so obvious that I can't believe I haven't tried it before...a pour-over coffee setup............of course that works.....I seriously can't believe it has taken me this long to come to the realization that I should just buy the darn pour-over setup and make coffee at gas stations that way. Day 2 of pour-over coffee and I have to say that it is delicious, and tastes even better than my weird DIY coffee method I did in our previous tours. It's also way less messy. 

All the love-
KW

The Fey

The Fey

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Heading out FOREVER (again)

Hey world!

I know I haven’t written for a minute. Last weekend we went out of town and played PRF in Chicago, Black Circle Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, and Junetopia in East Davenport. All the shows were fantastic, and we got to see a lot of old friends in all of the spots. Rachelle- Daisy’s partner-my best bud, and the brilliant artist who does our merch, is out traveling with us again, and it feels great having her back on the road with us. The first year that we went out on the road, she came with us the entire time/months and months- but had to stop this past year due to getting an incredible teaching job. Having her with us feels right!

We are driving west right now, leaving St. Louis (where we had a wonderful show at Foam with buds Francis Mannes, Paper Kite, and The Vigilettes) and heading to Kansas City, Missouri. This is the long haul now— we haven’t done a 2 month tour in a minute- and it feels good to be in the van, driving down the freeway, knowing that this is going to be our day-to-day for awhile. 

There is something super liberating about seeing the country this way—getting invited into different music communities is an absolute honor- and living out of the van/sleeping in our tents and at people’s houses- is a lifestyle I enjoy a lot. I feel like I’m always learning from the people I meet. Not to be cheesy, but it is a huge kindness when people let us crash at their spots, and trying to figure out how to repay kindnesses on the road is a welcome challenge. 

Tomorrow we play in KANSAS for the first time! I think the only state we haven't booked to play now is Oklahoma, and that isn’t for want of trying- so if you have any friends in Oklahoma who book shows have them hit us up! It is on our to-do list. 

Other big announcements include:::: WE ARE WORKING WITH SOFABURN AND RELEASING A NEW ALBUM ON SEPTEMBER 7TH! Super excited for this one—it’s heavier and reflects a lot of how I’ve been feeling these past 2 years. The song about rapist Brock Turner is on the record (fuck that asshole), as well as our cover of I’m Afraid of Americans. Anyway- there will be some music videos and early releases this summer. Keep you posted on all of that.

Sending love-

Kate

SOFABURN YAYYY

SOFABURN YAYYY

Rachelle and I pitching tents in Moline IL

Rachelle and I pitching tents in Moline IL

Foam in St. Louis

Foam in St. Louis

New t-shirt design by Rachelle Caplan inspired by Hildegard von Bingen (brilliant musician/scientist/mystic that Rachelle and I both love)

New t-shirt design by Rachelle Caplan inspired by Hildegard von Bingen (brilliant musician/scientist/mystic that Rachelle and I both love)

Here we go..

Today starts a short run of dates...to be followed by a long long long long long run of dates!

6/22 Indianapolis, IN Black Circle Brewing Co.
6/23 East Davenport, IA Junetopia
6/24 Chicago, IL PRFBBQ

After these shows we will be home for 3 days or so and then will be headed to the west coast for 2 months of shows. It'll be great to be back to living out of the van, and being in the headspace of experiencing different places and people every day. 

It's been good to be home for a bit. We filmed 2 music videos that will be released later this summer, and finished working on our album..but now it is definitely time to be back on the road. Winter vacation is over. Daisy does our booking and is already scheduling about a million dates or so for the fall and early winter of this year. Stay tuned for those, and we'll also have album announcements/details soon! 

 

Sneak peak of one of the videos..

Sneak peak of one of the videos..

video? But for what? hmm.......

video? But for what? hmm.......

OH Canada

The last two days have been wild. We played in London and Toronto. This was my first time out of the US in almost a decade. 

Highlights include but are not limited to:

hanging with new friends Louis and Sophie from the bands Shoobies and Dong Vegan.

Collectively attempting to save an abandoned baby bird in a hot parking lot. I think it might have made it-it at least has water, seeds, and a chance now. 

Enjoying vegan fast food and really delicious cheap vietnamese in London

learning Canadian jargon for random things. Traffic cones are "Pylons" 

playing at a dumpling shop with the coolest owner ever- I don't think I've ever played at a more badass dumpling shop.

Reuniting with our friends from Beams! We played in Toronto with Mike's other project, Experts. We initially played in Hot Springs at Valley of the Vapors with Beams a few months ago. It was great to see them again.

All the bands we played with:: Shoobies, Manager, Dong Vegan, Experts, and Dog Drive Mantis

NEXT STOP IS BUFFALO NEW YORK. We are playing with some of our favorite people TINA PANIC NOISE. 

 

 

 

Beautiful park we hung at in London, ON

Beautiful park we hung at in London, ON

best dumpling / bar/ shop with music in the world

best dumpling / bar/ shop with music in the world

London, ON-- really cool vibes in this city. Gritty, full of crazy energy. All of the people we met were super interesting and kind. I would love to spend more time here. 

London, ON-- really cool vibes in this city. Gritty, full of crazy energy. All of the people we met were super interesting and kind. I would love to spend more time here. 

Manager

Manager

baby bird! Got her set up in her own little outdoor bird hotel///cardboard box on someone's porch with a bowl of water and seeds. She fell off of a high building and her mother abandoned her. Rob is calling a bird center that will hopefully nurse her to health. Sweet little gal

baby bird! Got her set up in her own little outdoor bird hotel///cardboard box on someone's porch with a bowl of water and seeds. She fell off of a high building and her mother abandoned her. Rob is calling a bird center that will hopefully nurse her to health. Sweet little gal

TORONTO in all it's glory!

TORONTO in all it's glory!

Beautiful time at a park near Toronto

Beautiful time at a park near Toronto

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Richmond IN, Michigan City IN and BLEDFEST

These last two days have been super busy and great. They kind of reminded me of our time at SXSW in the fact that we played multiple shows per day and all of our shows have had totally different vibes. 

Yesterday we played at New Boswell's Brewery with our friend Joe Augustin. Joe has a solo singer songwriter project called Achilles  Tenderloin. The brewery itself is pretty nice- and the space was large, with lots of tables, high ceilings, and folks bustling about. After the show, Joe took us out to a pizza place called PIZZA KING. Pizza King is not like your typical late night diner/pizza joint. You walk in and the place has old glass lamps hanging everywhere, an old street car decked out with booths that you can sit in, and lots of old school rotary telephones at each booth. Garlic bread and pizza were both on point. Highly recommend it to any late night diners who find themselves in the Richmond Indiana area.

Today we played at Swalefest in Michigan City Indiana and then later at Bledfest in Howell Michigan. Swalefest was outside in a park. It was all amazing weather and blue skies. They took care of us with a bunch of donated Jimmy John's and other things donated from local Michigan City businesses- including a bunch of drinks from an asian market. I think I had a prune soda. It was bizarrely delicious. After we played we loaded up the van, and drove 3 hours to play Bledfest. This was a crazy time. The fest took over a large high school in Howell Michigan and decked it out with vendors and an insane amount of music. There were 5 stages throughout the school, all with fantastic sound systems, and tons and tons of bands. It was great to be able to pop in and out of shows and the energy was high. Our set was one of my favorites that we've had. There were really great vibes in the room, and the sound engineer, Kerry, let us get super loud. 

We met so many kind people at all three gigs and right now it's nice to be back in Michigan. We're taking a day off tomorrow to hang out in Ann Arbor (my hometown) and then we are off to Canada. Next stop, London Ontario!

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Look. A sandwich in the sun. 

Look. A sandwich in the sun. 

Hey hi Indiana, good to see you again

We are heading to Richmond Indiana today! I think of all the states in the US that we have played, we have played more in Indiana than any other state. It's one of those surprisingly fun states to play..it's kind of like fight club...you don't know about it unless you KNOW about it... (I have never seen fight club, but I think that's a correct way to reference it...). 

8 Lovely Places to Play Shows/and/or visit in Indiana
1. Lafayette: I had one of the most haunting and strange experiences of my life here. It is a super old city filled with lots of weird little hole in the wall places. We played at The Spot. It is also southern enough to have Paw Paw's- a tropical fruit that grows in the southern midwest that tastes like a cross between a mango and a banana. 
2.Evansville: PG is great! Amazing vegetarian food.
3. Richmond: We are playing here today! I've played a couple times with my solo project here. New Boswell's brewery is a very home-y spot with delicious experimental beers. The last time I played there they had a crazy stout that was brewed with peat- what you use when you make scotch.
4. Indianapolis: Obviously this is on the great Indiana list. This is a cool city. You all know it. My favorite memory of Indianapolis is from the first time Lung played there, and we played with the band S.E.R.V.I.C.E.-which is one of the best live bands I've ever seen. Jilly is an insane front woman who channels the glory of Patti Smith and the intensity of Bjork. Their music is frenetic and incredible. Look them up now. They have a demo online and a full length coming out soon.
5. Anderson: Has a fantastic DIY scene. We played  two shows at the same place- one was a party and the other was a wedding. Yes, Lung played a Wedding. We are officially a Wedding Band. If you want "Bottom of the Barrel" played as you are walking down the aisle, hit us up)
6. Bloomington: Great college town to play. People are VERY friendly here. It is oddly a wonderful  place to buy cool stones. It gives Hot Springs a run for its' money.
7.  Madison: Madison is a small town tucked away in the hills of Indiana on the Ohio River. Definitely worth stopping and walking around in if you ever pass through the area!
8. Fort Wayne: I love Fort Wayne. We have had excellent times at a small halloween bar called Skeletunes. 

In closing, if you live in Indiana, and live in a city/town that is not written about above, send us a message at lungbooking@gmail.com I want to add to this list. 

See you tonight, Richmond! Then we are off to ...
5/26 Michigan City IN 2pm SWALE
5/26 Howell MI 9PM BLED FEST
5/28 London, ON Forbidden City
5/29 Toronto, ON Nocturne
5/30 Buffalo, NY Deep Space 8
5/31 Cleveland, OH Mahall's
6/1 Ontario, OH The Ontario Coffee Department.
6/2 Nelsonville Music FestivalL, Nelsonville, OH
6/3 Dayton, OH Blind Bob's Bar

 

informative Indiana billboard

informative Indiana billboard

Dubuque + Louisville

I am sitting in a coffee shop/bar called Monk's in Dubuque Iowa. We just finished playing an outdoor art fest (DBQ Fest) downtown and it's now pouring outside. It is late at night and so good to be in such a chill spot with free internet, comfortable couches, and really nice lamps.

A quick update on everything: We made a music video to a song from our new album that will be released in July-ish and I'm super pumped about it. It's really bizarre and exactly what I envisioned. Keep you posted on when it will be up online. Daisy finished booking our million-year-long tour. It is a seriously long tour. I am super excited. We are heading to Michigan, then through Chicago and the midwest and then all the way out west. We'll be doing short week long tours for the next two months, but then will be on the road for 2 months straight starting at the end of June. Knowing Daisy it'll probably end up being a longer tour, because we'll probably just decide to tack on dates at the end. Because Wisconsin is amazing, and why not play Madison if you're already going to be passing through?  Other random things include my older sister having a kid. I know that's personal information and this blog mainly deals with our adventures and not life stuff, but her kid is kind of the cutest child in the world.   Anyway. Thought you should know that I'm officially an Aunt and am very stoked about it. 

The last few days of shows have been super strange but good. We played an after hours  party at the Speed art museum in Louisville yesterday, and today we played DBQ Fest- which turned out to be a family-friendly outdoor festival in the heart of downtown Dubuque. I occasionally edit things a tiny bit for family friendly crowds, but sometimes my edits end up being pretty "on the fly" and consequently a bit ridiculous. Today during our cover of "I'm afraid of Americans" instead of saying "Donald grabs pussy in cars" I rambled out "Donald grabs kittens in cars"......which doesn't even make sense and is also pretty weird. It just kind of came out on accident- and Daisy and I both started laughing uncontrollably. Anyway, fuck Donald Trump. Keep him away from all of the kittens everywhere. 

Bands that we played with today and yesterday that were epic include:::: Har-di-har (art pop from Minneapolis) and Second Story Man (indie rock with harmonies from Louisville)

Tomorrow we drive to DeKalb Illinois to play a show with our friends Crystal Gravy and Richardson Richardson. Love those people. It will be really nice to see good friends. 

 

 

my lovely cousin Tessa came to the show in Dubuque. 

my lovely cousin Tessa came to the show in Dubuque. 

DBQ Fest

DBQ Fest

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