DAY 4: Calgary

I think it is safe to speak on behalf everyone in saying that tonight was one of the most memorable, enjoyable shows we’ve ever experienced. Everything from the incredible lineup to the enthusiastic crowd, again, especially for our first time in this city, completely altered our perception of what it can be like performing in a particular place for the first time with no draw or status whatsoever. This tour has simply proven to be a life changing experience in general. It’s hard to believe the amount of positivity that’s floating around right now. We are so thankful for the company and outreach from the bands that we’ve made friends with and it’s only the third day in.
Early today we visited West Edmonton Mall, bought some stuff for the road and played DDR in the arcade but, it seemed to pale in comparison to the time that we had this evening. Audiences members were kind enough to approach us following the set and let us know how good they felt about our music, not to mention we sold a ton of merch which is reassuring, no doubt. We just wish that our recorded physicals were a better representation of what they heard; nonetheless the kindness was overwhelming and heartwarming.
We are beyond thankful to have this amount of positivity surrounding our first major tour and we have the brilliant bands that we’ve played with so far to thank for a lot of that.

Jeremiah

DAY 3: Edmonton

Hello, there. We just played at the Brixx in Edmonton with two wonderful bands, Run Deer Run and We Were Friends (and The Good in Everyone, but we’re touring with them so I feel like I don’t need to mention it). People from the show seemed to notice that we played, which is a positive thing for an indie band playing at a bar. My stage banter reached a whole nutha level of awks tonight, which probably wasn’t a good thing. Saying “get your booty on the dance floor” doesn’t always work in a deadpan voice with crowds.
The drive to the show from Banff was interesting. Since I’m working on the road, it’s hard often to get signal because of the mountains, but once we got to the  AB-2 highway, it seemed easier. The internet connection anyway, I can’t say the same about the drive. People are nuts! Going way past the speed limit, tailgating like a mother fricker, ignoring the designated passing lane, and swerving in front of each other, it really was a battlefield on that long, straight road.
We’re staying at my uncle and aunt’s place, which I feel so fortunate about, as they are hella nice to us and are fellow musicians (my uncle plays in the symphony!), so they understand our lifestyle. Plus they put out nice snacks. I like snacks. And iced tea. Iced tea is dope as heck.
Stay tuned for the next blog, which is sure to blow your mind (mindfreak).

– Patrick

DAY 2: Banff

Leaving this morning at 9:30AM, we hit the road; a cavalcade of heat and truckers. We pretty well powered through most of the trek with our minds in tact despite the unexpected number of construction zones along the way. Wishing that we had booked a night at any one of the cities that we had to make stops in already, we filled the void of bad decisions and driving with leftover Chinese food and pretzels. After a nine and a half hour drive in the tour van, AKA Alea’s car, AKA Sweatbox 2015, we arrived in Banff at the Hi-Alpine Centre in one piece – the car is currently packed to the brim, with most of the contents of the backseat spilling over onto Patrick thus showering him in a snack avalanche.
Checking into the hostel was both a treat and surprise. Upon signing in, we were surprised to find free meals, hot showers, comfortable beds and, most of all, free parking. It was most definitely the most luxurious means of kicking off our travels and we feel extremely lucky to have been provided such gracious, kind hospitality. The small pub downstairs proved quaint, intimate and filled with friendly travelers and eager listeners. We decided on a more stripped down set off the cuff of older material given the size of the venue and went upstairs for dinner.
Feeling good about how we all played and hobbling back to our beds after each of our sets, we awaited the fourteen shows that we had coming for us.

Jeremiah

DAY 1: Vancouver

photo cred: steven shepherd

   Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to every single person that bought a ticket and contributed to our first big tour kick off show. We were blown away by the undying support last August when you packed out The Media Club for our “Flies/Lancaster” Release Party, so, needless to say, seeing a full house at The Fox was a perfect dream for us. We would also like to show our appreciation to our sponsors of the evening (Cariboo Brewing, CJSF and Y57 Media), they sent us donations to give away and spun us on their radio programs which we couldn’t be more grateful for. Despite our rush-y behaviour last night in prepping and making sure the night ran smoothly, you should know that we were so pleased to see all of our good friends and, to our surprise, a whole slew of new people.

   Dante Hadden kicked off the evening with his beautiful voice and rhythmic, looping guitar work. I had yet to see him perform up until that point and was pleasantly surprised to hear him play upon hearing a lot of about him. Alexandria Maillot was just as dreamy, if not more, having had Daniel Baxter accompany her soothing voice with a wash of ambient guitar. Please, send them some love and take a listen to their music, they truly deserve the world over.

   There isn’t much I feel I need to say about the rest of the show to be honest other than that we were relieved and happy that the material we have been working on for months was so well received. Having not played a local show in six months, it was difficult to predict how the night would go. We had an unrealistic amount of pent up energy that I think Patrick almost smashed his guitar and I bent one of my stands. Not to mention, it was the first show in quite a while that we had a bass player (thanks to Nick Russell of The Good In Everyone), I don’t know how we will comfortably function as a three-piece again after performing with bass. After everything was said and done, we truly do not know how our next big show will top that one but we cannot wait to share it with you.

   In a week, we leave Vancouver and begin our trek across the country for the first time in our lives. It’s a terrifying and exhilarating feeling that we can’t help but feel spoiled in having. The Good In Everyone has done this before and we are excited to experience this with them, still I am sincerely unsure how messy this tour would be without their help.

   You can also relive the evening through Beatroute’s eyes here.

Jer, Alea, Patrick

CANADA TOUR 2015

We are very pleased to announce that, late spring, we’ll be touring across Canada with our friends, The Good in Everyone. If you know anyone – cousins, friends, old roommates that you’re still in touch with, etc. – throughout the country, or live in any of these cities yourself, we would love to meet you and say “hello” at a show! This is a remarkably thrilling opportunity for us and we would be so appreciative if you would be a part of it with us.

You can follow individual show details on our SHOWS page or via this Facebook event:

See you on the road,

Jer, Alea, Patrick

Busy At Work

photo cred: steven shepherd

Hey everyone,

    We have been a little silent as of late, so it seemed like the right time to fill you all in on what’s happening.

   In case you haven’t been keeping track of us on Facebook, we’ve been busy planning and writing since our short weekend tour at the end of January. The past few months have been incredibly full for us despite our outward appearance.

   In March, we had the privilege of taking part in International Women’s Day with Sofar Sounds. It was our first take-away and acoustic show, taking place in a very friendly house full of music enthusiasts. Admission was by donation and the audience wasn’t informed of the line-up or location of the private event until the morning of the show. Needless to say, we had an amazing time and were humbled to even find some of you there (thank you!). The organizers were warm and welcoming, the audience attentive and enthusiastic, and other performers beautiful and unique. They will be releasing exclusive live videos from the show in the next few weeks so, keep your eyes open for that.

   Aside from a massive announcement that we will be sharing near the end of the month (STAY TUNED), we’re excited to work on our new material that we feel completely diverges from our older work. In that, we’re confident that you will appreciate the steps we’ve taken to incorporate new, refreshing influences and elements. Though we still do not feel that we have completely pinpointed where we stand in genre, we feel we’re only getting closer and more comfortable musically.

   That being said, each of us have been hard at work with other projects as well whether it’s Patrick and his other seventy-plus projects and recording services or Jeremiah’s session work in Mesa Luna and Megan Twist. Things are busy at the Alea Rae HQ, so stay tuned for more developments!

See you soon,

Jeremiah