Here’s a picture from our first jam back from tour. It’s been 2 months in the making, and the start to us making new material for future live shows and for another release. Each of us brought sketches to the table, and we’ve narrowed it down to a few to focus on for the moment. When we start doing live shows again, hopefully we’ll have a couple of new songs to show. More to come…
Tour is officially over, and it was our biggest challenge yet. We have so many thank-yous to give out:
· To everyone who came out to the shows,
· To all of the bands that devoted their time and energy into helping us,
· To the kind and generous people that hosted and fed us,
Thank you, from the deepest corners of our hearts. Our tour would not have been nearly as successful without your support and consideration, and we are beyond grateful. And, thank you to our bassist, Victoria, for her energy and work in joining us on this journey.
We will be taking a short hiatus this fall, but we will have videos to share with you of our month-long excursion across the country.
Alea, Jeremiah, Patrick
Early morning this one was. We woke up in Regina to a wonderful porridge made by the illustrious patriarch of the Crowe family, Bob. DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELICIOUS. They also provided a lovely little care package for us to consume from. The drive from Regina to Winnipeg definitely wasn’t as bad as previous drives from the trip, as we were able to spot some trees and whatnot. I was even able to spot the McDonalds we went to from the tour we did two years ago. Interesting how you can remember some things but not other, more important things, like names and birthdays and social security numbers. Many naps were had in the backseat of the Caravan, but eventually, we woke up to the beautiful view of Winnipeg’s gorgeous gray, rectangular apartments. But on a more serious note, there are some lovely little neighbourhoods in the suburbs of Winnipeg. After loading our personals into the house we are staying in, we went to a tasty vegan burger restaurant, just down the street from the venue we played in. I had the sweet Thai burger, which provided some freshness that Ritz peanut butter cracker/sandwich/whatsits are unable to provide. After a delicious dinner, we loaded in our gear to The Handsome Daughter, which was much bigger than expected! The drumkit that was provided was UUUGE. So many parts to it, all of which I wanted Jer to incorporate, none of which he did. The other bands were fantastic; made me very jealous to be honest. Oh well. Can’t be a guitar god everywhere.
We woke up in a beautiful house in Regina – our hosts Jakki and Bob were kind enough to feed us breakfast once we all crawled out of bed. After some chatting and light band work, Jer, Patrick and I headed into town to poke around some thrift stores and a videogame store. We ran into Landon, the drummer of Laska; we chatted a bit and he said he was hoping to come out to our show that night. We were happy to see him, and we continued poking around the city from there. I found a great cross stitch of a drum kit, which Jer sadly did not buy. We went back to the house to have a truly amazing dinner before heading to the show. We were a little nervous about how it would go after our show in Saskatoon, but we had a great turnout, made some money at the door and sold quite a bit of merch! The bands were really lovely and kind and generous as well. We were happy and relieved with how things went. One of the highlights of the night was truly a plot twist: when we first loaded into the venue, there was a man sitting at the bar reading a book, and he remained that way for the entire duration of the show. We didn’t think much of it, but as I was packing up our merch at the end of the night he came up to me and asked for a CD. I was surprised, and said so, also saying I appreciated that he was listening. He nodded curtly at me and left. We later learned his name, and that he goes to every show, reads and buys CDs. It was wonderful.
Today we said goodbye to Nate, Sarah and the most wonderful pup Bubba and drove to Saskatoon. The drive was largely uneventful aside from Google maps taking us on 20km of gravel-road highway. We arrived in Saskatoon and found the venue, a house venue, and admired the beautiful houses in the neighborhood. Last time we were in Saskatoon we only saw the more industrial area, but the house was near the river and the downtown core, it was a beautiful area and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I can’t say the same about the show. While the host and bands were nice and accommodating, we played to a small and completely indifferent audience. We left at 11pm feeling disheartened and I drove us straight to Regina to stay with a friend’s parents. Everyone fell asleep as I drove us across the prairies, and when we arrived I fell out of the van and we all loaded into the house. Jer and I shared a luxurious bed, and I was happy as heck to be going to sleep.