Notes from the Road

Notes from New York, Oct 23:
I feel tired and New York weary. I’m also convinced that after the amazing gig we played in Hoboken last night, that tonight would suck – due to the law of averages, of course. So I was surprised (and relieved) when it was great! In fact, I would say that the perfect Bandwagoneers in Hoboken paled against tonight’s. That song is gaining momentum and ferocity the more we play it. Also there was a piece of tape stuck to my shoe during Crisis. A little humbling…me trying to be all focused and serious and for the second half of the song all I could think about was: “How am I going to get this piece of flourescent green tape off my shoe?” Though I’d highly doubt that anyone cared or noticed.

Notes from Chicago, Oct 24:
Chicago’s show started off really well. It was our first show with The Secret Machines and our usual 70-minute set was cut to 45 minutes. We hit the stage knowing we would have to be hot off the top with no room for “getting comfortable” or “warming up” and we were nailing it…until one of our guitar amps died. The Fender Super Reverb Jason has been using totally kacked out and we had to think fast. Already under the time restraint we didn’t want to dilly-dally…Chris suggested Murray go acoustic and Jason use Murray’s electric amp. It pretty much worked. The next day The Secret Machines loaned us one of their amps (turns out they have almost the same one…but 4×10 where ours is 2×12).

Notes from Aspen, Oct 28:
Neptune and I are generally awake on the bus before everyone else. So when we roll in to town at like 8AM, we are ready to go, having been up for a few hours already. At home, the daily ritual is: wake up, mommy has coffee and checks emails, Neptune has a picnic breakfast and watches a bit of Treehouse or PBS cartoons. On tour it has been: wake up, mommy dreams about a coffee and spaces out under a blanket, Neptune nibbles on cereal and Ovaltine while watching her new favourite (and strangely inhumane) movie Milo & Otis. So after our new tour ritual we bundled up and hit the hills of Aspen in search of a playground.

When we left for tour, it was very mild in Montreal and at the last minute I decided not to bring a coat. So this whole tour I’ve been layering several sweaters under a blazer, then tying a scarf around my neck and that’s it. Neptune and I grab a map and head down to what appears to be a park…it is a soccer field by a river trail so we decide to take a walk in the forest. We follow the Rio Grande Trail, and as we pass all the other daytrippers I suddenly feel very inappropriately dressed: in my black blazer, cigarette pants, Beatle-boots and leather gloves. A far cry from my fleece-clad, mountain-booted, sport-bottle carrying peers. But the walk is very nice. Neptune and I throw some rocks into the river.

That night we suffer our second amp death: two dead Vox speakers due to an apparent curbside tumble the night before. Chris “MacGyver” McCarron suggests: “Two negatives make a positive, right?” and we use the Vox’s amp plugged into the Fender’s speakers. Success, for now.

Notes from Las Vegas, Oct 29:
Inappropriately dressed again: I must have looked like a country bumpkin in my one-piece American Apparel swimsuit compared to the hugely breasted, bleached-blonde bikini-clad women all around the pool. But I couldn’t care less. We have the day off at the Hard Rock Hotel and the ironic, commodified interpretation of a “rock’n’roll lifestyle” is so gross I want to barf. It’s like an amusement park where people can come and pretend to care about music for a day. But I guarantee nobody cares at all. Anyhow, Neptune and I play at the fake sand pool/beach and it’s pretty fun.

4 Replies to “Notes from the Road”

  1. As my name indicates, I don’t have much to say. To me, you guys are a feeling, feelings of both melancholy and happiness that bond because of some unruly cohesive force and explode into new life (for whatever sense that made).

    Well, my point in commenting on this post is to say that I would just die of joy if you were to play in Austin, Texas, USA (I’d die of joy afterward, of course).

    Anyway, thanks for all that you do. I’m enjoying Missiles and the booklet, too. Thanks for not neglecting the artwork. It’s very clever.

  2. Milo & Otis…that movie really disturbed me when i was young. I had dreams about it up to recently when i finally found it on DVD and watched it again.

  3. Hey Natalia,
    Just wanted to say how incredible the shows in L.A. and San Diego were! My girlfriend and I are huge fans and made the drive from L.A. to San Diego. You probably noticed us in the middle at the front of the stage for both shows. Thanks for being kind in giving me an autograph. I was really happy when you told me you guys will be touring again next year. Can’t wait till you come back to Southern Cali again!

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