CT 2017 ` Day 2

It is 1:59AM. We arrived at our friend’s place about an hour and a half ago. It was about a 12 hour drive with all the stops we made. We were supposed to play Vernon tonight, that fell through for a million reasons which is sad but out of our control. Oh well. We are in Calgary now and it was an easy first day, for the most part… probably in part to do with the fact that we had a day off of work beforehand. When everyone arrived at my house, the van was packed like no one’s business, we took everything out. I looked at it all to think about how it would all fit and we began reorganizing. Everything JUST fit in. We’ll be getting rid of a lot of the snacks along the way and that will clear plenty of space. We will also sell lots of merch, I’m sure, and that will relieve some of the load, but woah. I had a special RAYA nesting kit made just for touring and boy did that save us a lot of space, however, even with our minimal gear setup, the van still seems very full. Alea and Victoria took over the first two long shifts of driving today and we listened to a few records and podcasts to warm up to the road. This was our longest drive of the trip, thank goodness. We hit a lot of construction along the way. There were several wildfire’s and smoky sections we just motored through as well.

It feels unusual being on the road again. I don’t know if it hasn’t hit me yet or if I’m just used to it with all of the shows and out of town dates we’ve done. I’m just able to manage the promotion and emails and there’s no pressure leading up to the shows really, even if we don’t have a place to stay in some cities yet. I have had this strange comfortable mindset for a while. My life is going through a lot of change right now though and that may play a part. Having left my busy job and booked this tour with Alea, designed the posters for the third time? and… Well, I don’t know. I am just not all that concerned, like I’ve been in the past. It’s also the first day, so we’ll see how I feel in another week. We already made our first unhealthy food stop at McDonald’s because it was 67 cent hamburger day. We just couldn’t pass it up. They had this great coloring page they were handing out too, but they only had red crayons. So that was good. We definitely need to watch what we eat, I made a mistake on the last big tour and it costed me big time. I learned your diet doesn’t just affect your stomach, it hugely affects your mood. If we drive by a soft serve place though, I might have to splurge. I know we can do this and make whatever comes our way work. Here’s to another 29 days.

PREMIERE: FIRST MUSIC VIDEO

Proud to announce the release of our first-ever music video via GoldFlakePaint!!

We wouldn’t have gotten such a fantastic video on such a tight budget if not for Nakasone Folk – they were so wonderful to work with, very professional and focused, and we appreciate their hard work on this so much. It means a lot to work with fantastic people on a project so dear to your heart, and have them produce such amazing content. It was a bit of a scramble to bring everything together in time, but we made it happen and we’re so happy with the result. We hope you enjoy!

CANADIAN TOUR 2017

We’re so pleased to announce that WE GOIN’ BACK ON TOUR!! Thanks so much to Exclaim! for announcing for us, you can read their article HERE

Though it hasn’t been long since we’ve been on the road, it’s been awhile since we’ve been across Canada, and this will be our first time across under the name Douse. We’re so excited for the experiences ahead, and to see how the record does out east and across the prairies!

Khatsahlano 2017 – Photos

Khatsahlano was a complete dream yet again – we had so much fun running around and seeing as many friends perform as we could possibly manage. Alea played bass for Jody Glenham at the start of the day, then immediately after the 3 of us watched ACTORS’ set. We did an interview for Records in My Life on Northern Transmissons, ate a lot of snacks and ran into some friends we haven’t seen in awhile. We even ran into our friends from Derrival and ate some ice cream for them! More on that later. By the time our set came around, we were all exhausted, but we played our hearts out and had so much fun doing it. It’s always lovely to take a break from all the back-end work to go out and enjoy a beautiful day with our friends!

Photography by Timothy Nguyen